The role of healthcare activities is to support the health and well-being of people by providing treatment and care for people with diseases, assisting people with disabilities, and through education and instruction on disease prevention and health management. The mission in educating medical technology experts is to nurture graduates who can fulfill the roles of healthcare professionals, according to current and expected future needs. Japan’s rapidly declining birthrate and aging population in recent years have brought big changes in the healthcare environment, and there is a need for healthcare services that respect quality of life.
On the other hand, healthcare innovations are making it increasingly sophisticated and specialized. High quality medical professionals are therefore needed who have not only advanced skills and expertise and sound scientific judgment, but also a rich sense of humanity and sensitivity for gaining a comprehensive understanding of people, as well as an ethical nature and creativity. They also need to be able to perform healthcare activities based on smooth coordination with others.
The Faculty of Health Sciences nurtures graduates who respect the independence of people, who can provide high-quality medical care for people at various levels of health, and who are can contribute to the development and internationalization of healthcare.
Dove Flock Song
Dove Flock Song is a bronze relief decorating a hall in the Faculty of Health Sciences Building. A clock of more than 30 doves are positioned side by side forming a chain. Near the center of the flock, a naked boy and girl stand with both feet on the backs of the birds, perhaps symbolizing a vibrant life force. “Our precious lives are protected, nurtured and supported by many hands. The doves symbolize those many helping hands.” This is the creative intent of the artist who carved this relief: Jiro Hiruta, Professor Emeritus at Okayama University (Faculty of Education) and member of the Japan Art Academy.
Faculty of Health Sciences Diploma Policy
• Good education for medical service, rich in humanity [Education]
– The graduate shall be interested in various issues relating to nature and society, and shall have acquired a good education backed by abilities to think logically, form judgments and be creative, as well as a sense of humanity and ethics as a trusted medical professional.
• Expertise for promoting the health of all types of people [Expertise]
– In addition to solidly learning specialized knowledge to help all types of people live healthy lives, the graduate shall be able to contribute to society by applying advances in science to the development of health-related technologies, and to solutions for health-related problems.
• Ability to communicate information to meet health needs [Information abilities]
– To meet the health needs of residents and patients, the graduate shall have abilities to collect and analyze information about nature and society from various angles, and to communicate the results of those analyses to the local and international communities.
• Ability to act as a leader in medicine and health [Action]
– As well as the communication skills necessary as a member of a medical team, the graduate shall possess an international mindset and language ability to contribute to the local and international communities. The graduate shall also have acquired abilities for achievement to shape trends and lead communities, both individually and in a team.
• Ability for self-realization while maintaining a healthy life [Self-realization]
– As a medical professional with a rich sensitivity in which patients and residents can place trust, and with a disposition for enjoying culture and sport, the graduate shall pursue learning, enjoyment and self-realization throughout the course of his/her career.