Program Outline

The Medical Science Division launched three new courses in 2008 to meet the demand for medical care team experts who can advance medical care safety and develop new medical technologies and for communications coordinators who can liaise between medical specialists and the general public.

Medical Sciences

The Medical Science course consists of three curriculums: the Medical Science program, the Critical Path Research program and the Medical Physics program. Through basic and critical path research in the life sciences, students receive the training necessary to become researchers and technicians who will contribute to the advance of medical science. The Medical Science program prepares students to work in medical research and education and in the pharmaceutical, food, and other industries. The Critical Path Research program fosters students to work in the research and development of new pharmaceuticals or medical equipment as technicians, clinical research coordinators, or administrators. In the Medical Physics program, there are two main goals in education:1) Training of the professional medical staffs capable of supporting cancer therapy from the view of both medical diagnosis and treatment, 2) Training of the research staffs capable of researching and developing medical physics frontier. We train medical physicists, quality control specialists in medicine, and specialists developing medical equipments and technologies.

Public Health Sciences

To work as a health care specialist for WHO or other United Nations institutions, a person must have a master’s degree in public health. The Public Health Sciences course prepares students for careers in public health research and education, public health policy and management, and safety control. Courses offered include Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Policy and Management, Mental Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Environmental Health. Given the Medical Sciences Department’s wide-ranging faculty, a distinctive feature of the University of Tsukuba’s Public Health course is that students study with experts not only of public health but also of basic and clinical medicine and thus develop a comprehensive view.

Human Care Sciences

Conceived in 2001 by the University of Tsukuba, the human care sciences course is an academic discipline for the 21st century that encompasses fields such as medicine, nursing, psychology, and education to provide a holistic and scientific approach to human care. Globalization, the rapid advance of information technology, and the ageing of society have given rise to unforeseen strains on society. In addition, changes in the family and social fabric have generated all kinds of psychosocial stresses leading to an increase in psychosomatic disorders, dysfunctional behaviors, suicides, and delinquent crime. To solve these myriad social issues, medical welfare workers with a firsthand experience of such problems as well as experts in human and social studies are needed who can provide a holistic approach to human care. To respond to these needs, this course enables students to achieve a firm grounding in research methodology, medical knowledge, and human care science, and thus prepares them for careers in human care research and education, care management, and the health and welfare civil services.

Program Outline

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