Academics

Course Syllabus

Master's degree

Common courses

Research Methods in Clinical and Natural Science
The objective of this course is to provide the methodologies of research in natural sciences. Through lectures, students will learn the use of reference tools for literature reviews, the concept of evidence-based practice, the basic experimental research in animals and humans, and how to perform clinical research, including survey design, experimental design and single-subject design. Students will gain the necessary skills for a systematic research process of investigating facts and theories.

Methods of Social Survey
This course is arranged for students to understand the effectiveness of social research in the fields of health, medical and social welfare workplaces. The goals of this course are to:
1) explain the meaning of social research,
2) create operation plans and analysis, and
3) discuss the effective use of existing social research or statistical data.

Advanced Methodology in Statistics for Analysis and Evaluation
The importance of statistical methods is well accepted for analyzing and evaluating the results of experiments or research. However, there are few researchers who may master how to apply the appropriate statistical methods without difficulty. In this course, students at first review the basic methods of how to tabulate the data and test the results. The proceeding contents of lectures and practices performed alternately are as follows: analyses of variances in experiments, multi-comparison methods, multi-variant analyses for data with multi-dimensional structures and life table methods frequently applied to EBM (Evidence-Based Medicine).

Principles and Applications of Epidemiology for Evidence-based Public Health Administration
Epidemiology is a tool for preventive medicine. It deals with problem solving not only in clinical medicine, but also in health and welfare. After reviewing the basic principles of epidemiology, students will focus on their application in the course. This course will especially introduce students to systematic methods of problem solving by making use of their own research themes. Another goal of this course is for students to master critical thinking of scientific papers and reports in the mass media.

Advanced Collaboration in Health and Welfare
Professionals need to share information on various clients, including the elderly and the disabled. They also need to provide comprehensive medical and welfare services for those people. After the completion of this course, students will have a better understanding of each occupation in the areas of health and welfare. Students will also learn how to apply the team approach, which is necessary when working with other professionals.

Methodology and Practice of Inter-professional Education
The objective of this course is to equip students with the theory and practice methods of Inter-professional Work (IPW) and Inter-professional Education (IPE). Upon the completion of this course, students will acquire the knowledge of the backdrop and the theory of IPW and IPE. They will also practice methods of IPW and IPE in the laboratory and obtain the ability to solve problems with the use of IPW on their own and through group projects.

Pedagogy in Inter-Professional Education
The objective of this course is to discuss the theory and practice of pedagogy in Inter-Professional education (IPE). Firstly, the students will discuss constructivism. In constructivism, humans generate knowledge and meaning from their own experiences. Constructivism provides a theoretical background of pedagogy in IPE. Secondly, the students will discuss action research in IPE. This research is based on the theory and practice of in-service teachers' education in the U.K. The key words of action research are as follows: reflective approach, critical friends, evidence based approach, mentoring and professional values. Finally, we will investigate the capability of using information and communication technology with IPE.

Special Topics in Health Promotion
This course is an interdisciplinary course on diet and exercise. The scope of this course spans from basic science to policy implementation on diet and exercise for the prevention of lifestyle related diseases and for health promotion. Research on mechanisms at the molecular level, experimental studies at the individual level, and observation study/intervention studies at the community level are included. With students we discuss how to improve the quality of their research and how to use the interdisciplinary approach. Then the students will be required to present their research plans and to discuss them with teachers and other students in English.

Special Topics in Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology
This course is about the state of Japanese people and global aging, people with disabilities and related problems. The following topics are studied in detail; clinical practice of rehabilitation engineering, universal design, seating biomechanics and systems, tissue integrity management, wheelchairs and their transportation safety, functional electrical stimulation, rehabilitation robotics prosthetics and orthotic devices, aids for people with low vision/blindness and hearing loss, telecommunications, computers and web accessibility, augmentative and alternative communication technology and adaptive sports and recreation technology. The course will be taught in English.

Advanced Mental Health and Counseling
"Mental Health" concerns people in schools, offices, regional societies, social welfare facilities, and hospitals, etc. Therefore, the mental health activities are important for all the people engaged in personal care in the fields of health, medical treatment and welfare. The principles of mental health are covered in the first half of this course. Understanding mental health problems is deepened through the examination of some cases, and practical caring techniques will be acquired in the second half of this course.

Medicine of Mind and Body Correlation
We begin to understand current medical illnesses from an integrated model of psychological and biological factors.

Advanced Health Sciences
Many people have recognized the values of physical activities, exercise and sports for health. It is interesting to see how physical activities, exercise and sports are incorporated into healthy lives. We use the findings of the philosophy of sports to acquire a background of sports and education history. Health education for teaching the significance of health and physical activities to children in schools, sports management for systematically connecting health and physical activities, exercise science for health to take advantage of physical activities and sports medicine to perform physical activities safely, exercise and sports physical activities, and exercise and sports are all incorporated into healthy lives.

Exercise in International Health I *JICA Program
Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers of JICA (JOCVs) often come across various problems related to international collaboration such as health/medical care, welfare issues, or the sports issues in developing countries. Important hints/suggestions to overcome problems they face can be obtained through brainstorming and discussions with peers. Finally, each student will be required to submit reports on his or her respective problem.

Exercise in International Health II *JICA Program
Students will be required to select an urgent issue on health/medical or welfare, sports issues which disturb ADL, QOL and healthy life expectancy of people seriously in their respective countries with a larger view (so-called bird's-eye view). Each student has to present a rational way to overcome the current situation using epidemiological simulation methods. Finally, each student will be required to submit a report on his or her respective topic later.

Field Exercise in respective countries *JICA Program
Students will be required to determine local urgent issues and find ways to resolve them. They are actually expected to implement and evaluate the ways in their countries. Alternatively, they can conduct in-depth investigation into some interesting issues in their countries.

Research Thesis *JICA program
Students will be required to compile a research paper on a particular topic based on their experiences of field training. Some of the topic examples are as follows:

  • Study to clarify problem(s) of the country concerned
  • Study to solve problem(s)
  • Evaluation of the international collaboration project(s)
  • Summaries of the action program(s) to improve specialized ability of each JOCVs
Specialized courses

Physical Therapy

Special Topics in Physical Therapy
Students will discuss various aspects of physical therapy in three major fields: namely, health promotion, physical medicine and social welfare. The potential topics will include the theoretical basis for evaluation of human physical capabilities and practical applications, such as advanced motion analysis methods. Discussions will also include the use of the integrated approach for promoting community based care and the facilitation of independent living for people in nursing care facilities.

Seminar in Clinical Techniques of Physical Therapy
The use of epidemiological research techniques to establish a scientific basis for physical therapy practice will be one of the topics in this course. Students will be responsible for critically evaluating what therapeutic approaches may be most effective to prevent deconditioning and deterioration of functions in the elderly at home and/or in nursing facilities. In addition, the framework for inter-professional work in community-based care will be discussed.

Human Movement Science Seminar for Neuromuscular Disorder
The analysis of human movement and functions of the neuromuscular system requires a combination of multiple disciplines, such as anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and bioengineering. In this course, the evaluation of the effects of physical intervention will be conducted using a motion analysis system, electromyography, near infrared spectroscopy, and transcutaneous magnetic stimulation. Subsequently, students will be encouraged to explore novel therapeutic exercises for physical disabilities across lifespan.

Applied functional anatomy and pathology
The purpose of this course is to understand the functions of the musculoskeletal system practically from the structural side and also to understand the human physical structure through its neurologic characteristics and structural variations.

Pain management
This program is aimed to enhance knowledge of pain mechanisms including acute, sub-acute and chronic pain based on the pathobiomechanisms.

Practice of clinical reasoning *Clinical Manual Therapy Course
This program is aimed to enhance knowledge and skills of clinical reasoning through workshops, symposiums and clinical practice.

Practice of manipulative physical therapy *Clinical Manual Therapy Course
This practical program is aimed to share the basic skills related to manipulative physical therapy including active motion tests, passive physiological tests, passive accessory tests and various treatment techniques.

Clinical practice I *Clinical Manual Therapy Course
Clinical practice II *Clinical Manual Therapy Course

These practical programs are aimed to enhance general practical skills including subjective interviews, planning physical examinations, physical examinations, treatment and client management at clinics and/or hospitals under a supervisor.

Research Thesis *Clinical Manual Therapy Course
Students are expected to research individually or in small groups on some specific topics in the field of manual therapy. They will collect, discuss and review related articles. The process of research integration will be supervised and the final outcome will be presented. In addition, the submission of reports on a few cases they have been involved in during their clinical practices will be required for the completion of this course.

Master's Thesis and Research
The final goal of this course is the completion of each individual's master thesis. This course starts with the training of skills necessary for completion of the thesis, including searching for articles, summarizing the results and detailed analysis of methodology. Hands-on training specific to individual research topics will be provided, and students are responsible for building their own timetable toward the completion of their thesis. It is expected that students will be able to summarize their findings and present them in scientific meetings.

Occupational Therapy

Special Topics in Occupational Therapy
The objectives of this course are to increase the ability to use current theories and investigate evaluations, intervention and service programs from all sidelines of life functions, including the psychosomatic function, and participation. Through this program students will learn how to effectively evaluate clinical services of occupational therapy.

Clinical Practice for Restoration of Occupational Function
The objective of this course is to develop more advanced critical thinking of clinical problems for disabilities and handicapped clients and to search for solutions to these problems. Students will learn the methods of evaluating medical, health and social intervention through case studies.

Master' Thesis and Research
The objective of this course is to further develop the talents of researchers, educators and specialists in occupational therapy, and at the same time to acquire the Master's of Science degree in health sciences. Through specific research activities students will learn scientific and logical knowledge and develop task-solving skills using literature and experiments.

Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Special Topics in Communication Disorders
Communication Disorders cover broad areas, thus lectures are consequently given in an omnibus style to provide the latest information on each area. Students study through preliminary research and the current problems surrounding Communication Disorders. The lectures are designed in such a way that the students learn how to perform research, how to analyze the results of their research, and how to find out the direction in which their research should be pursued.

Seminar in Communication and Swallowing Therapy
With regard to evaluations and therapies in the field of communication and swallowing disorders, systematic learning is tailored through an approach based on fundamental theories and clinical evidence. Lectures, including the reading of published documents and an evaluation of case reports, are further designed to increase "treatment knowhow"; with the objective to enhance resolving problems and observation abilities from the clinical viewpoint.

Seminar in Cognitive Neurosciences
The objective of this course is to achieve the clinical methodologies of cognitive functions and dysfunctions. The course is composed of case presentations and discussions in clinical conferences on dementia and other cognitive dysfunctions. Students are expected to learn integrated processes of evaluation, and diagnosis and management of cognitive dysfunctions based on clinical neuropsychology and behavioral neurology.

Master's Thesis and Research
This course is done through a completion of thesis:
Students will review past research and make clear objectives and questions to be solved in their own research. They will select the method most suitable for answering the objective/questions and conduct laboratory work/field work. They will analyze the collected data appropriately and complete their Master's thesis. Academic advisors will provide support throughout these processes.

Prosthetics & Orthotics and Assistive Technology

Special Topics in the Prosthetics & Orthotics and Assistive Technologies
Students will learn about a wide range of welfare devices, such as prostheses, orthotics, wheel chairs, and assistive devices. Students will learn the function and the role of the parts of various devices so that they can understand their design concepts. Finally they will learn how to apply these technologies to real world situations.

Seminar in Prosthetics & Orthotics
Students will take a part in hands-on seminars. So-called trial prostheses are used, which enable non-disabled people to experience the lives of prosthetic device users. The seminar offers a variety of topics, such as forearm prostheses, upper arm prostheses, above knee prostheses and below knee prostheses, as well as myoelectric controlled arm prostheses. The main aim of this is help the students acquire a deep understanding of the daily lives of real prosthetic device users. There are prerequisites to this unit.

Seminar in Assistive Products (Seminar in Assistive Mobility Products)
Approximately 5% of the population over 70 years old use a wheelchair. The population of wheelchair users is on the rise around the world. The baby-boomers in Japan in particular (the elderly 65 years and older) will create a demand for wheelchairs and related social systems. From the point of assistive technology and ergonomics, wheelchairs are studied in detail as well as assistive technologies for mobility. There is an overwhelming need for continued advancements in wheelchair and mobility technology and for skilled rehabilitation engineers, suppliers and practitioners to ensure that individuals receive the most functionally appropriate mobility devices that meet their needs.

Seminar in Footwear Sciences
Students will study about lower extremities motor function anatomy, the configuration of the foot, the mechanisms of gait, the gait assistance mechanism of shoes, the constitution and design of shoes, and the design of and the method of remodeling shoes for general usage. At the completion of this course, students will have gained a deeper understanding of the influence of shoes on human gait.

Seminar in Gait Analysis
Students will learn about analysis method of human gait, and practice measurement systems.

Master' Thesis and Research
Graduate school students will write their master's thesis under the supervision of faculty members.

Health and Nutrition

Advanced Health and Nutrition
This course is designed to overview current health and nutrition issues from the aspects of food sciences and human sciences. From the food science aspect, we will introduce the changes of nutrient value and ingredients in food during cooking. Especially, we will focus on the changes from the points of view of chemistry, physics, and histology. From the human science aspect, we will provide evidence concerning the roles of proper nutrition, exercise, and other health behaviors for preventing diseases and maintaining good health. Students are expected to understand the wide range of health and nutrition studies.

Seminar in Health Promotion Studies
This course is composed of weekly meetings to discuss research problems, methods and current literature about health promotion sciences. It will interface with the lectures in "Advanced Health and nutrition" and students will learn how to critically evaluate scientific knowledge. In addition, students will be required to identify the evidence provided by previous research in the health promotion science area and solve various questions.

Seminar in Food Function and Cookery Sciences
Cooking operations affects the nutrients, quality, and the taste of food. Some ingredients in food influence the physiology of the body. The objective of this course is to discuss 1) what types of food ingredients are beneficial to physiology, 2) how these ingredients change during cooking, and 3) what the best way of cooking is.

Advanced Clinical Nutrition I
The objective of this course is to introduce recent progress of nutritional treatment for digestive, liver, gallbladder, and pancreatic diseases. Furthermore, in this course, students will learn clinical and nutritional techniques for the prevention, treatment, and therapy of these diseases.

Advanced Clinical Nutrition II
The objective of this course is to introduce recent progress of nutritional treatment for endocrine disease, kidney disease, respiratory disease, cardiovascular disease, bedsore, and malignant growth. Furthermore, in this course, students will learn clinical and nutritional techniques for the prevention, treatment, and therapy of these diseases. In addition, students will discuss the nutrition management that respects patients' dignity.

Advanced Clinical Nutrition III
Diet is necessary for preservation and improvement of people's QOL and ADL (Activities of Daily Living). The objective of this course is to introduce basic knowledge about eating and swallowing disorder. Students will acquire the ability of nutritional treatment in order to treat patients with swallowing difficulty.

Advanced Clinical Nutrition IV
The objective of this course is to introduce the beneficial effects of nutritional supplementation on medical treatment and make students understand the importance of nutrition support team (NST) in good nutritional care and management of patients. In this course, students will learn how to read and record patient's clinical charts. Furthermore, students will acquire the ability to plan nutritional supplementation for patients.

Advanced Clinical Nutrition V
The objective of this course is to introduce the beneficial effects of nutritional supplementation on medical treatment and make students understand the importance of nutrition support team (NST) in good nutritional care and management of patients. In this course, students will learn how to read and record patient's clinical charts. Furthermore, students will acquire the ability to collect and analyze clinical data of patients.

Clinical Research Thesis
Students will review previous research and then determine the questions to be solved in their own clinical field. They will select methods suitable to answer these questions and collect necessary clinical data. Then they will analyze the collected data appropriately and complete their thesis. Advisors will support these processes.

Health and Sports

Advanced Health and Sports Sciences
In this course, students will study methods on how to further develop practicing professionals' knowledge and skills in sports and exercises to support rich QOL for life. It is significant that all people, not only young athletes but also children and the elderly, perform sports and exercises happily and friendlily. Therefore, it is important for people to do sports and exercises to enhance physical fitness and healthy life and to develop close interactions among people. We will introduce the scientific base of health and sports through research on methodological problems in sport sciences.

Advanced Sports Pedagogy
In this course, students will study about methods of physical and sports education. They will focus on the purpose for having their classes, educational contents, educational materials, process and assessment. The students will discuss what they think the PE teacher should be in sports pedagogy.

Advanced Pedagogy in Health and Physical Education
Due to the decline of physical fitness of children in the long term, students will study about this situation from the point of view of physique and exercise habits, and lifestyle habits. They will also explore the requirements which constitute the outstanding physical education class, and search about it in detail.

Advanced Sports Management
In this course, students will study about the construction and the function of sports management. The construction is composed of relationship between the consumer and the supplier of related areas. What strategies they adopt, what organizations they belong to, what human resource they have, and what marketing assessment they apply. To study the construction and the function of sports management, students will discuss various cases of management.

Advanced Exercise for Health
Amid a super-aged society, the role of physical exercise is becoming increasingly important throughout the whole life. Especially by paying attention to the physical fitness during and after adulthood, students will learn about the relation between physical fitness and health status. They will also acquire the knowledge to create an exercise program in the physical fitness measurement, evaluation method, and exercise instruction for health promotion.

Advanced School Health
This course introduces advanced theories and current topics of school health, especially health educations, to graduate students. It includes research methods of public health, health education and social science. We conduct a case study of precedent health teaching plans in order to understand how to create health teaching materials, objectives, and evaluation criterions. Then our graduate students will be expected to understand how to apply these teaching materials, objectives, and evaluation criterions to their own research. In this way, improving health teaching ability is a leading and important aim in this course.

Advanced Exercise Prescription
This course is designed to study the effective exercise prescription for improving physical and cognitive function in both healthy and frail elderly people. Graduate students attend lectures and later discuss the contents of each class. The Specific Behavioral Objectives (SBOs) of this course are to understand physical and cognitive functions of elderly people, and to consider effects of exercise intervention on physical and cognitive functions, and to understand challenges and limitations for exercise prescription.

Advanced Sports Psychology
In this course, students will study practical aspects of Sports Psychology that can be applied for coaches, teachers, exercise leaders, or health professionals. Topics covered include motivational interventions for sport and exercise participation, as well as psychological interventions related to athletic performance; anxiety & arousal, stress, goal setting, concentration, imagery, social support, and so on. To study the psychological principles and skills to achieve optimal mental health and to improve athletic performance, students will read existing scientific literature and psychological case reports.

Advanced Athletic Training
This course will introduce advanced theories of athletic training to graduate students. Students will study about the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations and disabilities.

Advanced Sports Coaching
In this course, students will study on practical aspects of Sports Coaching that can be applied for coaches, teachers, exercise leaders, or health professionals. This lecture emphasizes the roles of coaching staff, planning methods of training and safe management in the field of sport. Students will discuss these topics and read scientific literature about sports coaching.

Advanced Sports Medicine
In this course, student will study the contents below:
(1) Pathomechanism of acute sports injuries and chronic sports disability.
(2) Conservative and surgical treatment.
(3) Rehabilitation and prevention of injuries.

Advanced Sports Physiology
In this course, students will study the application of Sports Physiology. Particularly, this lecture is composed of the motor learning about synaptic plasticity for specific skill proficiency for aspects of individual sports and of game sports and the physical adaptation about changes of structure and function by muscle, power and endurance training to enhance performance. Students will discuss these topics of motor learning and physical adaptation to teacher.

Advanced Athletic Rehabilitation
In this course, students will study the application of athletic rehabilitation. Particularly, this course focuses on rehabilitation after sports injuries and their prevention. The athletic trainer should have abilities not only to have athletes recover from injuries but also to prevent them from getting injured. The Specific Behavioral Objectives (SBOs) of this course are to understand the scheme of injury prevention, to investigate the severity and mechanisms of sports injury, and to propose a new injury prevention program for specific injuries.

Seminar on Sports Sciences
This course is designed to investigate sports and exercises from views of physiology, psychology, training and coaching science. Students can learn the basis of the knowledge and skills for instructing sports and exercises.

Seminar on Sports Pedagogy
In this course, students and the teacher will discuss methods of physical education. Furthermore, they will discuss PE teachers' education. The methods contain the purpose of class, educational contents, educational materials, process and assessment. On the other hand, teachers' education is composed of teacher's recognition, estimate, statement and motion. After discussing the methods on teachers' education, students will have a profound understanding of sports pedagogy.

Seminar on Health Sciences
This course is designed to study the effects of various exercises on health and physical fitness of all people of all ages. In this seminar, students try to apply what they have studied to some practical activities, and set their own research topics. The Specific Behavioral Objectives (SBOs) of this course are to have a deep understanding of health and physical fitness of people, from children at the walking age to frail elderly people, to discuss findings in literature positively and negatively, and to set one's own research topic by developing what they have studied in this seminar.

Seminar on Sports Medicine
In this course, students will study the contents below:
(1) Specificity of sports injuries
(2) Special feature of sports injuries in growing period
(3) Special feature of sports injuries in female athletes
(4) Special feature of sports injuries in middle aged and older people

Master's Thesis and Research
Graduate school students will write their master's thesis under the supervision of faculty members.

Nursing

Advanced Nursing Education
In order to improve the quality of nursing care, this course prepares nurses to be competent members of nursing faculties. Practical approaches include nursing educational methods, support of educational problem solving, preparation and coordination of educational environments, and planning, implementation and evaluation of educational programs. The nurses will develop knowledge and skills to promote continuous education and faculty development (FD).

Nursing Theory
Students will acquire an understanding of nursing theories and how to apply them to advanced nursing practices.

Nursing Research
Students will acquire basic knowledge of practical research methods, including professional nursing knowledge and development of nursing skills.

Advanced Consultation
This course aims at preparing consultation specialists in nursing with necessary theories, roles, and practice as certified nurse specialists.

Advanced Nursing Ethics
In order to enhance one's ability, such as analyzing ethnical subjects of nursing and developing an ethnically controlling ability towards settlement between the subject and the persons concerned, this lecture aims to offer practical abilities that are demanded in certified nurse specialists through theories, the analysis of subjects and methods of settling subjects.

Public Administration and Policy in Nursing
This course will provide students with historical backgrounds necessary for understanding nursing-related legislation. The contents include the process of nursing policy development in healthcare, medical, and welfare environment, the development of strategies by analyzing current statistic data, and its impact on nursing practice. Students will obtain policy-making skills.

Advanced Nursing Management
This course will provide students with basic theories and management principles in nursing management. It presents the role model of Certified Nurse Specialist (CNS) collaborating with other organizations, and the establishment of an organizational system, such as individual/group decision-making in an organization, and its development.

Advanced Geriatric Nursing
This course will help students understand social influences on elderly people and acquire comprehensive knowledge and the nurse's role in healthcare and welfare services. Students will understand characteristics of aging and disease status in an aging population, and acquire knowledge in nursing practice for the elderly and family.

Advanced Geriatric Nursing Seminar
This course prepares students for advanced nursing practice in healthcare and welfare services for the elderly and their families.

Advanced Mental Health Nursing
Students will gain an understanding of the historical and legal developments surrounding people with mental disabilities in Japan and other countries through relevant literature, and consider mental health issues and the roles of nurses in Japan. They will also learn various theories and therapies that constitute mental health nursing, and build a foundation for assessment competence, relationship between humans, and interventions.

Advanced Mental Health Nursing Seminar
Building on the basic theory learned in Advanced Mental Health Nursing, students will learn about assessing patients' mental states and therapeutic relationships with individuals and groups.

Advanced Chronic Care Nursing
Students will learn various theories for understanding complex and persistent problems of not just people with chronic or long-term diseases but their families as well. We will also explore methods of support for those people. Students will learn the current status in the field of chronic nursing and the current state of education and research.

Advanced Chronic Care Nursing Seminar
The seminar will include critical readings on previous research on people with chronic or long-term diseases and their families. The students will come to understand basic concepts and characteristic of nursing interventions and evaluations, and current research issues in the field of chronic care nursing. This will help them identify research issues suited to their interests and lead to specific research plans. By conducting fieldwork with people with chronic or long-term diseases and their families, students will clarify the current status of chronic care nursing.

Advanced Nursing Management II
Students will learn various theories that form the basis of nursing management together with its methods. Through comparisons of ways to use human resources and the results of research on various concepts in nursing management, we will explore creative and effective modalities of nursing management.

Advanced Nursing Management Seminar
Students will understand the role and responsibility of nursing managers and identify their own research subjects through the seminar. The unit covers the concepts and processes of nursing management, problem-solving methods, discussion of the results of theoretical research in nursing management, organizational behavior (power, conflict, leadership, team, and motivation), continuous education, development of on-the-job training program, diagnosis of workplace and goal management, and research problems and methods.

Advanced Maternal and Child Nursing I
Students will understand theories of women's and family health and health-problems, and explore supporting approaches by nurses. Furthermore, current themes will be discussed based on health promotion along with women's life-cycle.

Advanced Maternal and Child Nursing II
In this subject, students will learn about developmental theories and how to support children and their families. They will also learn about community's local resources for child care assistance.

Advanced Maternal and Child Nursing Seminar I
In this course, one's own research subject will be decided through readings and critiques of literature on women and their families. Then a research plan will be made.

Advanced Maternal and Child Nursing Seminar II
Students will review literature mainly on children, and discuss research plans.

Advanced Oncology Nursing I
This course focuses on cancer nursing support theories in relation to pathophysiology. Students will obtain advanced skills in pathophysiological assessment, clinical judgment, and practice while understanding the features of malignancy and the effects of multidisciplinary treatment.

Advanced Oncology Nursing II
This course introduces major nursing theories and how to apply them to practice through professional approaches to various phenomena in oncology nursing.

Advanced Oncology Nursing Seminar I
This course prepares students for professional nursing practice and the role of CNS in oncology nursing. Students learn from prevention and early detection of the disease through to patient /family assistance and palliative care in response to diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

Advanced Oncology Nursing Seminar II
This course helps students to understand the current trends of chemotherapy. Participants will learn how to assess patient/family perspectives on chemotherapy, treatment process, outcomes, and the adverse effects of safe chemotherapy, to perform physical assessment for continuation of treatment, and assist the patient/family for improving the quality of life.

Advanced Oncology Nursing Seminar III
This course provides students with the opportunity to learn about palliative care to relieve pain and distress, integrated assessment from physical, mental, psychosocial, and spiritual aspects to support patient's real wish, grief work and assistance to improve the quality of care in terminal patients. Then, the students will obtain advanced and special, ethical correspondence related to oncology nursing CNS.

Practical Training for Oncology Nursing Practicum
As CNS in oncology nursing, the students will obtain two competencies: (1) on the role of CNS, and (2) advanced professional practice. Advanced l nursing skills are required to solve complex and difficult problems of cancer patients/families, while outstanding collaborative and supportive skills in practice are demanded through the professional role to improve staff quality.

Research Thesis
Research thesis is important as a subject of CNS in oncology nursing, which is equivalent to the master's thesis. It provides the opportunity to scientifically explore problems/issues through nursing practice for cancer patients or their families with complex and difficult problems, to conduct case studies and analyses of nursing outcomes, and to develop how to evaluate and take care of a patients.

Master's Thesis and Research
The course provides students with different research methods and research proposals. Using quantitative and qualitative research methods, students are expected to obtain knowledge of research methodologies through data collection and the development of a thesis. This course is also designed to help students develop skills of oral presentation and writing for publication.

Policies Planning and Administration for Health and Welfare

Advanced Social Welfare Theory
This course will provide students with the basics of social welfare.
Firstly, students will investigate the concepts of social welfare study through
1) research on the transition of social welfare studies and practices;
2) understanding relationships between social sciences and social welfare study.
Secondly, students will discuss the practices of social welfare study by
3) learning about the various areas and topics within the field of social welfare study;
4) studying designs and approaches available in social welfare study.

Advanced Social Welfare Policy
As seen in the enforcement of the Service and Supports for Persons with Disabilities System, Japanese social welfare policies have been undergoing great change. In this course, policy issues related to Public Assistance and Child Welfare will be examined in connection with discussions on the ideal style of the Social Security System.

Advanced Social Security I
The purpose of this course is to understand the concept, system and institution of social security in Japan. Also, the current state and issues of the Japanese social security system are discussed.

Advanced Social Security II
The purpose of this course is to learn the functions and roles of the social security system in Japan. Also, how the system should function effectively in the vibrant Japanese society is examined.

Special topics in International Social Work and Social Problems
The major subjects included in this course are the International Social Work and Social Problems in Japan. With the development of globalization, Japan is faced with the people of diverse backgrounds. It is important to understand these problems from various aspects facing the globalizing world. In this course, students can consider the problems from several standpoints and deepen their understanding through presentations and discussions in Japanese. Therefore, the ability to understand Japanese is necessary in order to take part in lectures and class discussions.

Advanced Welfare for the Disabled I
The objective of this course is to understand the recent trend of Welfare for disabled people in Japan. Students will comprehend their real situations and problems with wider perspectives. The goal of this course is to understand the characteristics of disorders such as physical, mental, intellectual and developmental disabilities. In addition, students will consider welfare support measures for people with disabilities to solve problems.

Advanced Welfare for the Disabled II
The objective of this course is to focus on specific issues in support for people with disabilities in modern society. Students will consider solutions to real problems. The goals of this course are 1) to understand how to solve specific problems 2) to discuss support methods of persons with disabilities, and 3) to consider practical education of persons with disabilities, their social participation and their future employment.

Integrated Exercise for Community based Welfare
Students will be capable of discussing their firsthand experiences of implementing community-based welfare in light of various theories and approaches. They will also be capable of assessing those welfare efforts and describing issues related to them. They will gain an understanding of the framework and methodologies for comprehensive community care and the forms of support provided by comprehensive community care centers. This course seeks to have students understand theories on implementation of community-based welfare as well as planning, forms, and assessment of those welfare efforts. This course also seeks to actually provide assistance to the local community.

Integrated Exercise for Child-Family Welfare
The purpose of this course is to understand the child-family welfare system and to learn how to manage and improve its services. Also, how social work practices resolve child-family welfare issues will be examined.

Integrated Exercise for Welfare of the Elderly
In light of increasing abuse of the elderly, this course seeks to have students understand the context in which such abuses occur. It also seeks to have students gain knowledge and skills to prevent and deal with this mistreatment. The system of adult guardianship needs to be expanded further to deal with the increasing number of elderly individuals with dementia. This course seeks to have students gain the knowledge and skills of an adult guardian and to encourage the use of system of adult guardianship.

Practical Training in Social Work
The purpose of this course is to (1) explore issues of actual problems in the fields of social work as well as problems of clients; (2) plan countermeasures for these issues; and (3) actually implement them and later evaluate the results. In the case of students being present holders of the office of social work, it is possible to accept their activities in the field of the practice as a valid requirement for the completion of the course.

Master's Thesis and Research
Special Studies provide guidance on writing master's theses. The Chief Academic Advisor and the Assistant Academic Advisor conduct this seminar in concert to provide advice to graduate students. Graduate students report the status of their master's thesis, which is based on a research topic they themselves have selected, to the academic advisors and receive needed guidance to help them complete their thesis.

Management for Social Welfare

Advanced Social Work I
This course will provide students with the basics of generalist social work. The students will:
1) learn about appropriate approaches to social work.
2) study the processes and practices in social work.
3) review the way of thinking and explanation in social work practice.

Advanced Social Work II
This course will provide students with the evaluation of social work and supervision in social work and review the training and education in social welfare organizations. The students will:
1) learn about the skills and practices of social work supervision.
2) study the methods of teaching and training in social welfare organizations.
3) review the standard and way of evaluation in social work practices.

Research in Health Care and Social Welfare
This course provides students with an overview of the research processes in health care and social welfare. Learners will be able to acquire the fundamentals of how to find viable research topics, review literature, choose research design, analyze quantitative and qualitative data, and report results.

Advanced Principles of Clinical Psychology
The objectives of this course are to acquire various ideas and knowledge of clinical psychology to develop social work, which values the psychological aspect of people, and to acquire methods of understanding people. Necessary documents are checked and discussed. To better understand oneself, various techniques of clinical psychology are practiced.

Advanced Care Work I
In this course, students will learn about the common basis of the care theory. They will

Advanced Care Work II
The purpose of this course is to consider the purposes of life for the elderly. The students will review and discuss the processes, characteristics, and approaches of care.

Integrated Exercise for Social Work I
The purpose of this course is to have the students: (1) understand legal structures related to social welfare service as well as social security system; (2) understand how to advocate legal rights of the users of such services; and (3) establish foundation of practical abilities to prevent violation of these rights.

Integrated Exercise for Social Work II
The focus is placed on professionalism and the special quality of social work together with their communication possibilities which are considered multilaterally from practical cases of various activities. To make the special features of social work clear, students will compare and examine other personal care professions in terms of the regulation of the legal system and codes of ethics.

Practical Training in Social Work
The purpose of this course is to (1) explore issues of actual problems in the fields of social work as well as problems of clients; (2) plan countermeasures for these issues; and (3) actually implement them and evaluate the results. In the case of students being present holders of the office of social work, it is possible to accept their activities in the field of the practice as a valid requirement for the completion of the course.

Practical Training in Care Management
Improvement of methods and technical skills in care management.

Master's Thesis and Research
Based on previous research, students make their objectives and questions of their own research clear. They select the methods suitable to answer these objectives/questions and conduct laboratory work/field work. They analyze the collected data appropriately and complete their Master's Thesis. Advisors will support these processes.

Health Informatics and Business Administration

Advanced Medical Informatics I
In this course, students will learn basic components necessary for research in Health Informatics. Learning items: General Medical Technology, EBM, Computer Management, Data Management and Analytical Software, Programming skill, Statistical Test I, Multivariate Statistics, Database, Critical Pathway, Scientific paper writing course.

Exercise for Medical Informatics I
An exercise will be conducted on each learning item of Advanced Health Informatics I.

Advanced Health Informatics II
In this course, students will learn the following items which are at higher levels than those in Advanced Health Informatics I in order to conduct research in Medical Informatics. Learning items: Statistical Test II, Clinical Data Management, Simulation Study, Image Processing, Online Information Processing, Health Informatics Engineering, psychometric method, Scientific English paper writing course.

Exercises in Health Informatics II
An exercise will be conducted on each learning item of Advanced Health Informatics II.

Advanced Medical Business Administration
In this course, students will learn basic components necessary for research in Medical Business Administration. Learning items: Medical Administration Related Regulations, Medical Safety, Clinical Governance, Revenue and expenditure in fee-for-service reimbursement system, Health Economics, ICD10 and DPC System, Hospital Management, Hospital Accounting, Interventional Accounting.

Exercises for Advanced Medical Business Administration
An Exercise will be conducted on each learning item of Advanced Medical Business Administration.

Master's Thesis and Research
Students will review previous research and then decide on a research theme closely related to Medical Informatics Management and Medical Business Administration. They will collect the data and analyze them, and then compile a paper. Advisors will support the students through the whole process.
Research theme examples:
1) Establishment of an index for hospital management with DPC system
2) Research on an improvement of critical path at hospitals and welfare facilities
3) Health Economic Evaluation analysis on a treatment intervention for chronic diseases
4) Research on providing care for care receivers at the time of natural disaster
5) Simulation research on the difference between fee-for-service reimbursement system and revenue and expenditure at hospitals

Doctoral Course

Mind and Body Functions

Special Topics in Human Movement and Medical Sciences
Specialists in the fields of bone and skeletal muscle metabolism, neuromuscular motor function and sensory function will explain the contents of their research and other interesting topics. Students will understand clinical issues and questions about the life-style related disease and movement and sensory disorders, and develop abilities to guide their research by analyzing data from the viewpoint of biochemistry, biomechanics and neurophysiology in detail.

Seminar in Human Movement and Medical Science
This course is composed of weekly meetings that discuss research problems, methods and current literature concerning bone and skeletal muscle metabolism, neuromuscular motor functions and sensory functions. Students will learn to critically evaluate scientific knowledge and will try to identify areas of our scientific knowledge that requires further clarification. In addition, the students will master research techniques for individual doctoral research.

Doctoral Thesis and Research in Human Movement and Medical Sciences
This course is designed to undertake doctor's theses. Students will gain clear objectives and understand the questions that need to be solved in their research area while reviewing existing research into bone and skeletal muscle metabolism, neuromuscular motor functions and sensory functions. In addition, the students will select suitable methods for answering the objectives/questions and conduct laboratory work/field work. After these works, the students will analyze the collected data appropriately and complete their doctor's theses.

Special Topics in Communication Sciences
Communication Sciences cover broad areas, and lectures are given in the omnibus style to provide the latest information on each area. Students study preliminary research and current problems surrounding Communication Sciences. The lectures are so designed that students learn how to perform research, how to analyze the result of the research, and find out the direction in which the research should be pursued.

Seminar in Communication and Swallowing Therapy
This seminar aspires to enhance further understanding in the field of communication sciences for practical purposes. Practical sessions are conducted on the evaluation and therapeutic methods for improving life functionality related to communication and swallowing functions and environment of the oral cavity.

Doctoral Thesis and Research in Communication and Swallowing Therapy
Applications of theoretical and analytical procedures based on knowledge gained in lectures on the Communication Sciences as well as the Seminar in Communication and Swallowing Therapy. Students will be guided to perform a research based on their own original and independent concepts.

Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience
This seminar aspires to enhance further understanding in the field of communication sciences for practical purposes. Practical sessions are conducted on the diagnosis, evaluation and management of cognitive functions and dysfunctions.

Doctoral Thesis and Research in Cognitive Neuroscience
The application of theoretical and analytical procedures based on knowledge gained in lectures in Communication Sciences and seminars on Cognitive Neuroscience. Students will be guided on performing research based on their own original and independent concepts.

Welfare Ergonomics

Special Topics in Welfare Ergonomics
Students will learn about the latest technologies related to assistive devices, orthosis, prosthesis, and shoes, and also about the human body's functional anatomy and human body motions. Students will learn how to adjust various devises and fitting them on human subjects.

Seminar in Welfare Ergonomics
Students will learn the methodologies of analysis. They will master the operation of the motion analysis system to analyze human motion with assistive devices, orthosis, prosthesis, shoes, and so on.

Doctoral Thesis and Research in Welfare Ergonomics
Students will be provided with the support required to complete their doctorial theses based on knowledge from the special topics of Welfare Ergonomics and seminars in Welfare Ergonomics.

Community and Global Health and Welfare Sciences

Special Topics in Community and Global Health and Welfare Sciences
Our research topics are related to the improvement of the health status and welfare level in the community at global levels. The fields of public health, global health, health policy and social welfare are included. Research methodologies adopted during the research rang from natural sciences to social sciences. The purpose of this course is to understand how to create research questions and how to develop academic research. The topics include reviews of international trends and the methodology of research in each of the research fields.

Seminar in Community and Global Health and Welfare Sciences
The purpose of this seminar is to improve the skills of research plan in the field of Community and Global Health and Welfare Sciences. The fields of public health, global health, health policy and social welfare are included. The graduate students will conduct a critical review of literature based on their previous studies and find out strong and weak points of the studies. They will make their research plan on the basis of the previous studies. They are also expected to consider the academic and practical contributions to the society.

Doctoral Thesis and Research in Community and Global Health and Welfare Sciences
The purpose of this research unit is to write doctoral theses in the field of Community and Global Health and Welfare Sciences. The fields of public health, global health, health policy and social welfare are included. Each graduate will conduct the following: [1] clarify the research questions and objectives of the study, showing originality and breaking new grounds in the research field; [2] create their research plans appropriately; [3] conduct research work, including field coordination, data collection, and ethical consideration; [4] report the results and to discuss them appropriately; [5] draw up a manuscript and submit it to a journal; [6] write their doctoral thesis. The research is expected to be published in the relevant international journals or books.