Public Health studying in Japan and other East Asian countries

Public health is the science of ensuring safety and improving the health of communities through education, policy-making, and research for preventing disease and injury. For detailed information on Master Public Health and the cost of studying in Singapore, Japan, among other Southeast Asian countries, read on. For the main Public Health article, click here.

Several countries in East Asia are known for the quality of their healthcare systems. Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Taipei & Hong Kong stand out specifically. All these countries follow high standards of focus on improving their Health Development Goals through increasing efforts dedicated to Public Health at large. 

Singapore & Hong Kong have always been great destinations for immigrants to thrive professionally, however South Korea, Japan & Taipei have started efforts in this direction to diversify their talent pool by providing Master Public Health and various other courses also.

Overview of studying in Japan, Singapore, and other Southeast Asian countries

To explore a career in public health in these countries, it is most advisable to undergo a Master Public Health degree or equivalent course from these countries themselves. Many Singapore courses have global recognition now and so maybe the first choice. Chinese University Hong Kong, Universiti Indonesia, University of Tsukuba, Hong Kong University, National University Singapore are some universities to be considered. 

The above is an average idea, however, exceptions and outliers exist. For ease of our Indian audience, we have only used information for courses that have English as a medium of instruction. We can safely deduce that you could end up earning your tuition fee back completely over the next 3-4 years. Earning in future professional life could be counted as a huge return of investment on your money and time.

Salaries after Master Public Health

Typical starting career salaries in Public Health, in the above countries, range from Table – Salaries in the starting, after 5 years, and after 15 years. The approximate living expenses are also mentioned below. As the above table shows, savings will be significant and compound over the years. Singaporeans typically earn around 14,500 SGD per month. Salaries range from 6,680 SGD (lowest) to 23,100 SGD (highest). You also need to calculate the cost of studying in Singapore for that instance.

Career growth in East Asian countries

Analysts also point to significant potential for salaries to rise, relative to other professions. Master Public Health graduates in Singapore are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months. Most of these countries, except Japan, have been among the fastest-growing economies too. Public schools, transport systems, and low crime rates make for a very strong case on the personal front too.


Having pointed to several benefits, we do wish to clarify that in some of these countries, more so in Japan & South Korea, work culture is quite intensive and calls should be taken accordingly before making up your mind about studying in Japan. 

In the end, it’s your individual choice. There are several opportunities after Master Public Health courses that could qualify as long-hanging fruits but may have their challenges. Overall, the work culture may still work out to be better relative to a non-specialist clinical career in India, plus all the other benefits.

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