Master’s Course, Major in Health Sciences, Graduate School of Health Sciences

The Graduate School of Health Sciences organically fuses the following disciplines: clinical laboratory medicine, nursing, medical radiation sciences, rehabilitation, clinical engineering, and medical management and information science. In light of the university’s philosophy, “Our creativity for the people.(DOKUSOUICHIRI),” we are committed to improving healthcare and developing culture among people in Japan through the mastery of academic theories related to health sciences by learning and researching these theories and the application thereof. We nurture highly skilled, internationally renowned professionals, researchers, and teachers as specialists in various fields. These individuals possess broad problem-solving skills, specialized practical skills, and rich human personalities.

Educational and research aims

In light of our institution’s mission to have students “Our creativity for the people.(DOKUSOUICHIRI),” Fujita Health University aims to improve health and develop culture among people in Japan through the mastery of academic theories related to health sciences by learning and researching such theories and the application thereof. Fujita Health University also aims to nurture highly skilled professionals, leaders of organizations, researchers, and teachers to become specialists in various fields of health science.

Educational Objectives

The Master’s course, Major in health sciences, Graduate School of Health Sciences aims to nurture talented individuals who specialize in health sciences and who can work in the following broad disciplines: clinical laboratory medicine, nursing, medical radiation sciences, rehabilitation, clinical engineering, and medical management and information science.

Specialist roles are increasingly detailed in clinical practice. It is therefore understood that as they are central to the health sciences, the six disciplines of the course are required to be linked with each other so that professionals in these disciplines can mutually understand and collaborate with each other. The program provides education from a broad perspective through courses on the nature of health services and healthcare. This program aims to train students to become specialists with the capacity to provide integrated healthcare services as health professionals. Through the development of professional ethics, these individuals are trained to respect human lives in acquiring the knowledge and techniques of healthcare and medicine. Students are trained to cultivate the following skillsets:

1. Advanced problem-exploration skills that allow them to understand the current situation as well as future prospects of the healthcare and medical areas that are most relevant to their chosen specialist role
2. A detailed understanding of the nature of healthcare and deep practical experience and skills to apply knowledge to practice through the study of areas that are closely related to healthcare and practical science
3. The ability to think logically and other academic skills that will allow them to keep up with academic research as researchers, teachers, and/or highly skilled professionals in the healthcare- and medicine-related disciplines

Admission policy

The Master’s course, Major in health sciences, Graduate School of Health Sciences is seeking prospective students who possess the following traits:
1. A proactive approach to learning and exploring issues with deep interest in and a passion for the various disciplines of health sciences in addition to clinical laboratory medicine, nursing, medical radiation sciences, rehabilitation, clinical engineering, and medical management and information science
2. A deep understanding of their own research themes and a dedication to work diligently and continuously toward new findings and facts
3. A desire to become “excellent healthcare professionals” who will take the lead in team-based healthcare as highly skilled professionals and leaders of organizations within any discipline of health sciences. Those who aim to become teachers and researchers must have a desire to contribute to the community for the purpose of developing the health sciences discipline.

Curriculum policy

The Master’s course, Major in health sciences, Graduate School of Health Sciences comprises the following six disciplines for a specialty in healthcare: clinical laboratory medicine, nursing, medical radiation sciences, rehabilitation, clinical engineering, and medical management and information science. The first year of each course focuses on developing problem-exploration skills, problem-solving skills, and logical thinking skills, all of which will allow students to keep up with the advancement of academic research. This year-long course includes advanced lectures and paper reading (practice) to teach students about the latest knowledge, theories, and technologies pertaining to their chosen disciplines. In the second year, students will primarily work on special research projects based on what they have learned in the first year to develop skills to complete a master’s project or an individual research project through trial and error and continuous hard work. Considering the necessity of mutual understanding and collaboration between specialist healthcare professionals who take the lead in modern team-based healthcare services, the program also includes electives for students to proactively gain the specialist knowledge required in other disciplines. Special lectures are given by invited experts so that postgraduate students from all disciplines may study the latest topics from a broad perspective and in a cross-disciplinary manner. These lectures are categorized as “health sciences seminars” and are deemed as mandatory units.
Thus, the Master’s course provides education with the aim of nurturing health professionals who have practical skills as specialists, advanced communication skills, broad problem-exploration skills and the ability to provide intellectual leadership at clinical, education, and research sites.

Diploma policy

The requirements for conferment of the Master’s degree, Major in health sciences, Graduate School of Health Sciences are completion of the given number of years of enrollment in the Master’s course, Major in health sciences, Graduate School of Health Sciences; completion of the given number of units according to the stated philosophy and objectives of education; passing research outcome assessments; and the final examination for the dissertation or any special assignments. For a student to be eligible for the final examination, the student must have acquired the following skills:
1. Skills to proactively explore problems and issues in the specialist discipline,
2. Skills to profoundly understand preceding studies together with academic knowledge from a broad perspective,
3. Skills to set up and implement novel (innovative) goals and research methods
4. Skills to develop coherent logic
5. Skills to conduct research in the student’s area of specialty or engage in a profession that requires advanced technical knowledge

Disciplines and areas

Fields Departments
Clinical Laboratory Medicine The discipline of clinical laboratory medicine consists of seven research areas that have been designed through the advancement of the curricula of the Division of Clinical Laboratory Medicine. In recent years, the trend in the education of clinical laboratory medicine is that students study subjects through a four-year course. However, among health organizations, particularly university hospitals, there has been an increasing demand for researchers with master’s degrees. This is because health organizations are seeking clinical laboratory specialists with a research-oriented mindset that allows them to think and act autonomously. Our clinical laboratory medicine program nurtures talented individuals who proactively contribute to the development of rapidly advancing medical technologies.
Morphology and Cell Function/Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging/Basic Pathobiological Analysis/Disease Control and Prevention/Molecular Laboratory Medicine/Preventive Medical Sciences/Science for Animal Models/Genetic Counseling/Regulatory Science
Nursing The nursing discipline consists of the following areas: the acute phase and perioperative period area, in which students can systematically study the curriculum in accordance with the Training System for Nurses Engaging in Special Activities; areas in which students study and research advanced, practical skills to care for the recipients of nursing care, such as adult and gerontological nursing, mental health nursing, pediatric nursing, maternal nursing, and community health nursing; and the areas of nursing education and nursing management, in which students conduct research related to skill development for nurses and management professionals.
Nursing Education/Adult and Gerontological Nursing/Acute phase and Perioperative Period/Community Health Nursing/Nursing Management/Mental Health Nursing/Pediatric Nursing/Maternal Nursing /Transplant Coordination
Medical Radiation Sciences The discipline of medical radiation sciences consists of the following four areas: first, clinical measurement engineering, through which students explore the measurement of various biological functions and associated imaging methodology; second, medical image information sciences, though which students explore imaging-based diagnosis and analysis of metabolic functions; third, health physics, in which students explore protection from radiation and safety management; and fourth, medical physics, in which students explore the physical properties of medical radiation. Through this course, students will acquire basic research methodologies and a research-oriented mindset in the process of studying toward acquiring a master’s degree. To this end, students will be required to conduct advanced research that contributes to the advancement and development of radiology techniques and science, which are widely used for purposes that range from imaging-based diagnosis to treatment.
Neuroimaging and Brain Science/Medical Image Information Sciences/Health Physics/Medical Physics
Rehabilitation Rehabilitation focuses on education that is centered on the clinic. The rehabilitation discipline consists of five carefully selected areas, as shown below. One of the characteristics of the university is that rehabilitation has incorporated functional morphology and educational sciences in addition to physical, occupational, and dysphasia-related therapies.
The key feature of the field of rehabilitation is that research themes that will provide useful findings for clinical practice are being constantly pursued. Barriers have been removed between areas and clinical sites and provides research instructions, which are linked to clinical practice and research to be pursued by students after they complete the course.
Sensory-Motor System Sciences/Dysphasia Therapeutics/Occupational Therapy Sciences/Rehabilitation Functional Morphology/Rehabilitation Educational Sciences
Clinical Engineering Based on the undergraduate study of clinical engineering, the discipline of clinical engineering at our institution trains students to become highly skilled professionals with advanced technical knowledge and skill in use of state-of-the-art techniques and nurtures talented individuals so as to develop devices and technologies for diagnosis and treatment in advanced medicine. Clinical engineering comprises the following three areas: fundamental life science, clinical engineering, and fundamental and therapeutic aspects of artificial organs. This program accepts students who have completed undergraduate studies in medicine, health, or engineering and offers courses designed to advance modern medicine. Upon completion of the course, students can start their career as health professionals, researchers, and teachers who have a rich human personality and a comprehensive perspective that allows them to work in a multidisciplinary environment.
Fundamental Life Science/Clinical Engineering/Fundamental and Therapeutic Aspects of Artificial Organs
Medical Management and Information Science The environment surrounding healthcare services has been changing rapidly as a result of the development of information technology and aging of the population. Healthcare management has therefore become increasingly important. With the aim of meeting such societal demands, the field of medical management and information science nurtures talented individuals with advanced technical knowledge of economics, management, and information systems in the healthcare field. Research themes include healthcare cost analysis, management of human resources, interface design, and data-sharing to facilitate treatment. We are seeking students who are keen on improving healthcare management and skilled in information analysis.
Healthcare Management/Medical Informatics/Medical Interpreting