Message from the Faculty of Health Sciences Dean
Hokkaido University is a mainstay comprehensive university that places importance on its graduate schools. The university started out in 1876 as the Sapporo Agricultural College, the first modern academic institute in Japan. The university has produced many significant research results and competent human resources capable of contributing to society. The Graduate School of Health Sciences is a new graduate school that was established in April 2008 as the 17th graduate school. However, it is now evolving as a leading interdisciplinary educational center to improve the education and research foundation for the support of advanced medical service, prevent diseases, maintain/improve health, and create a safe and secure society.
The Graduate School of Health Sciences has developed human resources under the four basic philosophies of “Frontier Spirit,” “Global Perspectives,” “All-round Education” and “Practical Learning” that have been promoted by Hokkaido University. The graduate school aims to educate human resources that have basic knowledge and advanced expertise and possess a great deal of knowledge, judgment and practical response capacity to respond to the advancement, interdisciplinary and internationalization of scientific technology. More specifically, the Graduate School of Health Sciences has promoted education and research activities with the following aims: 1. the education of advanced medical professionals and leaders who have cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills, a clinical-oriented mindset and medical management abilities; 2. the education of educators and researchers who will play an important role in various fields of health sciences in the future; and 3. the education of educators and researchers who will play a leading role in global health sciences beyond individual fields of specialty. I hope all of you who enter the Graduate School of Health Sciences will take advantage of the education and research environments provided by the graduate school, identify your best possible career path and develop yourself for it.
In a master’s degree program and a doctoral degree program, the Graduate School of Health Sciences offers two courses of health sciences and nursing. These courses feature education and research fields (subjects) corresponding to majors in undergraduate schools and departments (divisions of nursing, radiological science and technology, medical technology, physical therapy and occupational therapy) and health science subjects that aim to solve various health problems and maintain/improve health under the Health Science Course. Moreover, the Master Course of Nursing has offered advanced public health nursing, advanced midwifery and advanced practice nursing subjects since 2014 to improve the education of public health nurses, midwives and practical nurses. Beyond the aforementioned courses, sophomore students or higher in the master’s degree program or doctoral degree program can go to the Otaru University of Commerce’s Graduate School of Commerce Special MBA Course and obtain double degrees—the Graduate School of Health Sciences’ degree (Master of Health Sciences or Nursing) and Otaru University of Commerce MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree. The Health Science Course as a doctoral degree program covers the field of Charged Particle Therapy in association with the National Institute of Radiological Sciences.
As mentioned earlier, the Graduate School of Health Sciences is now evolving as a leading interdisciplinary educational center to improve the education and research foundation for the support of advanced medical service, prevent disease, maintain/improve health, and create a safe and secure society. Educators and researchers in this field have to develop themselves not only as a specialist but also as a human to properly deal with various complicated global health problems (e.g., global warming, poverty, population problem, and increase of lifestyle-related/infectious diseases), as well as the advancement, interdisciplinary and internationalization of scientific technology. To this end, it is most important not to dwell on the given environment, but to develop an attitude toward studying and learning on one’s own. All of you are required to carefully consider how you can contribute to the creation of the health of all peoples and a safe and happy society, be well aware of what you should study, how you should learn, what you should do, and have the will and capability to put it to practical use. We will sincerely welcome you, ambitious young people with lofty ideals.