Graduate School(Master's Course)

Introduction

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.

Educational Philosophy

Health professionals directly involved in human life and health problems must possess thorough knowledge and highly developed skills. These professionals must have a rich background in the humanities, a deep sense of ethics, and high sensitivity to clients’ needs.

Our mission is to promote activities that integrate medicine, health, and welfare and allow participants to live healthy and productive lives while respecting the dignity of each life that they seek to help. To accomplish this, we have established the concept of “health promotion” as one of our key philosophies, along with “holistic care” and “team care” as educational ideals.
“Holistic care” implies care provided not only with a biological understanding of health problems, but care that appropriately situates medical issues within the family and/or community context of each individual and solves these problems practically with specialized, cutting edge skills and knowledge that reflect a deep sense of ethics and humanity.

“Team care” refers to effective and appropriate care carried out with close cooperation between medical staff with keeping each spatiality. In team care, each member is expected to work not only as a member of the team but also as team leader. The scientific and practical development of this idea in the educational context is still in its preliminary stages; however, this concept calls urgent attention to the need to foster human resources that can act as knowledgeable and skilled leaders in practice, research, and education. In response to these social needs and in order to create a high-quality curriculum that emphasizes the concepts of health promotion, holistic care, and team care, we aim to provide future researchers and educators with the resources necessary for them to make significant positive contributions to the health professions.