The USF College of Public Health’s Dean Donna Petersen visited with faculty and leadership of Gifu University in Japan to engage in a signing ceremony finalizing an agreement for an expanded partnership.
The original partnership with Gifu began in the 1980s and the latest agreement is expected to promote international exchanges and research exchanges, according to Dr. Petersen.
“This collaboration promotes a focus on students, student exchange, opportunities for their students to come here, and opportunities for our students to go abroad,” Dr. Petersen said.
The School of Medicine and the Health Administration Center of Gifu University signed a general agreement for collaboration with the COPH on October 20, 2016.
“Public health in education in Japan is a new and growing interest there,” Petersen said. “There are only three schools of public health in the country right now and they are all pretty new. That’s exciting because we’ve just redone all the criteria for accreditation in the U.S. and Gifu is looking to start an MPH program under the new criteria.”
Mr. Jesse Casanova, international programs coordinator at the COPH, said he looks forward to the opportunities students will have as a result of the new partnership.
“The agreement between USF and Gifu really helps to broaden our potential for collaboration in research and field based studies at Gifu, which is at the forefront of research in universities in Japan,” he said. “Gifu is also well connected to the local communities and can serve as a bridge between our USF population and communities in Japan.”
He said students will have the opportunities to do their research or field experience with Gifu faculty.
“I am most excited to see what new areas of research will develop as a result of this new partnership, and the growing number of students that will be able to travel to Japan to practice their passion for global health,” he said.
Dr. Mayumi Yamamoto, professor and director of the Health Administration Center at Gifu, completed a post-doctoral program at USF and was instrumental in the agreement process, according to Petersen.
Dr. Yamamoto manages an educational program in public health at Gifu, and provides health care for all of the university’s faculty and students on campus.