Problems including an aging society and low fertility rates have changed the face of health care in Japan. In recent years, Japanese people have become increasingly interested in the treatment of disease and the maintenance of health related to these changing social needs.
Okayama University’s Graduate School of Health Sciences two-year Master’s Course was established in April 2003 in order to foster the medical professionals who can keep up with Japan’s changing society. The Master’s Course includes a Major in Health Sciences. This division consists of three departments Nursing, Radiological Technology and Medical Technology. The Department of Nursing includes four subjects (Human Nursing, Child and Developmental Health, Clinical Applied Nursing and Community Health Nursing), the Department of Radiological Technology includes two subjects (Medical Radioscience and Medical Radiotechnology), and the Department of Medical Technology includes two subjects (Clinical Pathology and Clinical Biology).
In order to cultivate talented individuals who will become leaders in clinical practice, education and research in Japan, Okayama University’s Graduate School of Health Sciences Doctoral Course was established in April 2005 as an even more advanced education and research organization. The Doctoral Course includes a Major of Health Sciences. This division consists of three departments-Nursing, Radiological Technology and Medical Technology, as well as a Master’s Course. The Department of Nursing consists of four subjects (Human Nursing, Child and Developmental Health, Clinical Applied Nursing and Community Health Nursing), the Department of Radiological Technology consists of two subjects (Medical Radioscience and Medical Radiotechnology), and the Department of Medical Technology consists of two subjects (Clinical Pathology and Clinical Biology).
Our Graduate School of Health Sciences aims to foster talented individuals who can answer the difficult health questions posed by modern society. Both the Master’s and Doctoral programs strive to establish effective heath promotion practices. In order to accomplish this goal, the educational philosophy of the Master’s Course focuses on “holistic care” and “team care”, and that of the Doctor’s Course focuses on “interprofessionalism”. Activities that can both scientifically and practically enrich education have yet to be established in many institutions. To fill this void, our graduate school aims to provide future medical professionals with the advanced knowledge and skills necessary for them to take the lead in practice, education and research.
The environment of the health and medical sciences in the 21st century has transformed dramatically advances in medicine and the life sciences, the changing structure of disease, and rising awareness for the need to manage and promote health have all contributed to the new, modern face of health care. To deal with this massive change, the health sciences need specialists who are well-versed in areas such as pregnant education, humanities, and advanced medical topics.
For this reason, the Faculty of Health Sciences was established at Okayama University Medical School in October 1998, and the Graduate School of Health Sciences Master’s Course was established in April 2003. Along with the Doctoral Course that was established later, this plan aims to foster specialists with advanced knowledge and expertise that can act as leaders in practice, research, and education in the health sciences.
The medical sciences must establish a foundation of comprehensive study and research into topics including health, medicine and welfare, emphasizing the dignity of human life. In doing so, researchers and educators with advanced special knowledge and expertise will be essential. Accordingly, the Graduate School of Health Sciences Doctoral course aims to produce researchers and educators with extensive backgrounds in the programs, systems, machines and techniques necessary for effective health care, welfare, nursing, and effective use of radiological and medical technology. In the Doctoral Course, health promotion based on interprofessionalism is realized by independent researchers.
“Interprofessionalism” refers to cooperation and collaboration between professionals from different fields. Because the concept of health promotion is the process of managing and improving individuals’ own health, it is crucial to provide effective health support. In particular, it is important to establish interaction and cooperation among a wide variety of health professionals in order to establish health promotion practices that fully integrate health, medicine and welfare. The interprofessional nature of the Doctoral Course aims to develop professionals with skills such as creative research and education, interdisciplinary cooperation with various specialties, and effective use of their own specialties. In realizing this goal of health promotion from the viewpoint of interprofessionalism, it is possible to develop the originality of Graduate School of Health Sciences being composed of 3 fields.
In the Graduate School of Health Sciences Doctoral Course, each of these three fields incorporates interprofessionalism into the core curriculum. Students having varied educational backgrounds, majoring in areas such as Nursing, Radiological Technology, Medical Technology, Medicine, Welfare, Engineering, Science and Sociology, learn the significance of and methodology behind interprofessional cooperation among specialists by completing learning inquiry assignments and working together for the common objective of health promotion. These efforts aim to educate students with diverse backgrounds, logical creative thinking, and novel ideas without limiting them completely to their chosen fields.