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  • Locations: Hikone, Japan; Various, Japan
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Japan Center for Michigan Universities 
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Field Study, Study Abroad Areas of Study: Japanese Cultural Studies, Public Health
Housing Type: Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Minimum Language Requirement: None
Program Description:


Length: 4 weeks, May-June (see Academic Calendar)
Credits: 6-7
Location: Shiga Prefecture, Japan
Housing: JCMU Residence Hall
Eligibility: Minimum 2.5 GPA, open to students of all majors
Program fees: Health & Culture of Japan budget sheet
Tuition discounts: Students attending a JCMU Consortium school pay a discounted rate


Explore Japan's unique approaches to health, healthcare, and public health firsthand. This program is designed to explore the vast effect of culture on Japan's health, healthcare, and public health while experiencing key aspects Eastern and Western medicine.

Not only will you be introduced to Japanese health issues facing the nation today, but you will also be given a chance to travel around the country to hear from leaders in the field. For example, past students have gone to Hiroshima, where an atomic bomb survivor recalled the harrowing aftermath of the devastation that occurred. Past students also visited the World Health Organization Kobe Centre, where experts discussed the current health issues they are combating in Japan.


You will take the following classes while you are on the program: 

  • (3-4 credits) Comparative Health, Healthcare, and Public Health: This keystone course presents healthcare models and systems within the context of quality, access, cost, and policy. Classroom experience is enhanced with site visits and guest lectures. You will observe professionals in both traditional and highly-developed technological health-related settings, including clinics hospitals, and research centers.
  • (3 credits) Introduction to Japanese Culture & Society: This course will present you with the opportunity to further explore the foundations of Japanese culture and society and how they shape the lives of the Japanese people, which will help you understand the culture that you will be living in. Classroom lectures will be enhanced with guest lectures, site visits, and Japanese cultural demonstrations and activities


Want to learn what past students have said about their time in Hikone? Or do you want to read about what our recent students have been up to? Then visit the Alumni Testimonials and Events sections of the JCMU Official Blog.

World Health Organization VistVisiting HiroshimaVisiting Health ProfessionalsKiyomizu Temple

This program is currently not accepting applications.