Program of Health Sciences(Doctoral Course)

In response to the rapid rise in the aging population and low birth rate, there are growing social demands of professionals such as nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists who provide aged care at nursing facilities for health promotion or community based home care services based on increasing social needs. They are required to possess more specialized and comprehensive knowledge and skills. Also, facing to the super-aging society, relationships of oral health and systemic condition; lower activities of daily living (ADL) associated with malnutrition resulted from oral frailty or aspiration pneumonia stimulated by oral microorganisms, have increased in importance. Though the significance of the effect of oral care to systemic care becomes recognized, institutions that offer comprehensive research and education for oral-systemic treatment are still insufficient in number. Therefore, Program of Health Sciences that is few in number in Japan was established as a result of the merger of two divisions in the Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences, focusing on the development of education and research in systemic health care that is comprehensive and innovative.  
Collaborating among academic staff in the fields of nursing (nursing), rehabilitation (physical therapy and occupational therapy), and oral health science (oral science and oral engineering) which enable to found an educational system offering a broad range of academic disciplines, the program provides higher education to meet the needs of the times.   
Program of Health Sciences pursues to nurture highly-advanced medical professionals who can take leading roles in advanced team health care through collaboration / integration beyond the conventional academic and research fields and deepening of basic research.
Undergraduate programs have exercised interprofessional Education (IPE) in which the former graduate school had already involved. The establishment of Program of Health Sciences in the  Graduate School of Biomedical and Health Sciences allows graduate students to engage in IPE activities.

Personnel Development

The program aims to cultivate medical practitioners who can play major roles in healthcare settings, healthcare leaders at medical facilities, and internationally active educators / researchers, equipped with a range of basic knowledge and highly specialized knowledge in each field.

Education / Research Objectives

The rapid rise in the aging population and low birth rate have induced the progress of the specialization of health / medical science fields due to structural changes associated with diseases that require researchers with advanced professional knowledge and skills in respective fields.
The program aims to nurture medical practitioners with advanced treatment skills and creative educators / researcher, who possess broad and profound knowledge / research and problem solving abilities in health sciences such as disease prevention, functional recovery and care prevention, and play active roles on a global stage.

Career Paths after Completion

  1. Medical practitioners who possess a wide range of knowledge in health sciences and highly specialized knowledge in respective fields, and play major roles in healthcare settings
  2. Healthcare leaders at medical facilities and internationally active educators / researchers

3 Policies for Program of Health Sciences (Doctoral Course)

Diploma Policy

Degrees (Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, Doctor of Philosophy in Health Science, Doctor of Philosophy in Oral Health Science) are conferred on students who complete necessary credits; pass their thesis review / the final examination, after receiving research guidance, and fulfill the following qualities:

  1. Ability to promote a new specialized research, and international perspective to play leading roles to develop education / research that enables to contribute at the global stage in health, medical, and welfare fields
  2. Ability to send information regarding the advanced health, medical care and welfare in local / international societies, and to take major parts in the fields
  3. Practical / teaching skills in health, medical care and welfare based on the advanced expertise and excellent research skills
  4. Ability to create academic fields in health science to maintain and improve a systemic health for citizens

Curriculum Policy

The program enforces the educational curriculum organized under the following policies based on the diploma policy.

  1. The program offers the curriculum consisting of lectures, advanced seminars and research.
  2. Students acquire a rich sense of humanity taking mandatory subjects on life/clinical ethics.
  3. The program offers basic subjects to learn advanced studies in health science fields.
  4. The program offers omnibus lectures that help students to obtain a broad range of  knowledge.
  5. The program offers seminars on each specialized subject composed of more useful contents.

Admission Policy

Based on the diploma and curriculum policies, the program seeks the following students:

  1. Those who are willing to acquire rich academic experiences and extensive knowledge in health sciences (nursing, health science, oral science, oral engineering)
  2. Those who aim to take leadership roles as educators at universities or institutions, researchers capable of developing knowledge on nutrition and health, educators / researchers with advanced expertise capable of promoting clinical systems
  3. Those who aim to take leadership roles as health professionals on the sites of health. medical care and welfare
  4. Those who are willing to acquire the ability to carry out advanced health sciences (nursing, health science, oral science, oral engineering)



 in the fields of health sciences

Global Health Nursing Health Informatics Fundamental Nursing
Midwifery and Maternal-Child Nursing Chronic Care & Family Nursing Pediatric Nursing
Mental Health and Psychiatric Nursing Health Care for Adults Home Health Care and Public Health Nursing
School and Public Health Nursing Gerontological and Oncology Nursing Sports Rehabilitation
Anatomy and Histology Biomechanics Physical Analysis and Therapeutic Sciences
Bio-Environmental Adaptation Sciences Musculoskeletal Functional research and regeneration Integrative Physiology
Human Behavior Science of Occupational Therapy Sensorimotor Neuroscience Psychosocial Rehabilitation
Analysis and Control of Upper Extremity Function Gerontological and Community-Based Occupational Therapy

in the fields of oral health sciences

Public Oral Health Oral Epidemiology Oral Health Management
Anatomy and Functional Restorations Medical System Engineering Oral Biology & Engineering