[A survey on attitudes and practice concerning International Health]

Nihon Koshu Eisei Zasshi. 2001 Dec;48(12):963-8.
[Article in Japanese]


Objective: A survey was conducted to help understanding of the attitudes and practice of Japanese medical students concerning "International Health".

Materials and methods: One thousand seven hundred and ninety six students from eleven medical schools responded in the questionnaire study. One thousand and ninety seven were males and 699 were females with average ages of 22 and 21 years, respectively.

Results: 32.3% of the students answered that they have/had an interest in "International Health". About half of the students answered that they wanted to have a lecture on "International Health" and they also had a willingness to engage in activities for "International Health" someday. Further, 4% of the students had experience of participation in activities related to "International Health". Female students showed that they have a stronger willingness to take part in the "International Health activities" than males.

Conclusion: Human resources that can work in the field of international cooperation are required because ODA from Japan has ranked first in the world for nine years in succession. However, the willingness to participate in "International Health activities" among students decreased conversely with their years of learning in medical school. This result might be a basic material when we look at the education toward "International Health" in the medical school.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Female
  • Global Health*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Japan
  • Male
  • Students, Medical / psychology*