Major in Health and Welfare

Overview of the Department of Health and Welfare

In the Major in Health and Welfare, our aim is to train human resources capable of consistent multidisciplinary care through health, medical care and welfare. Through the three areas of research (Mind and Body Functions, Welfare Ergonomics, and Community and Global Health and Welfare), we train highly professional people capable of responding to complicated environmental changes in health, medical care and welfare. As for the students' career options after the completion of the course, they may continue to be engaged in universities, graduate schools, training institutions, research organizations, or medical institutions. As advanced professionals who share a common view, they will meet the needs of the current time through multidisciplinary care and are expected to play an active role in each field.

Characteristics of the department of Health and Welfare

Since there are only a small number of Ph. D. programs in health and welfare in Japan, our students will be able to conduct research that meets the needs of society.
The current situation is that only a few graduate schools have a Ph. D. program in this field and our university is one of them. Particularly in our university, we expect the students to become educators, researchers, highly specialized professionals and policy-makers, and to develop this field of study throughout the whole of society.

Curriculum focused on research and on the writing of research theses

The doctoral course is a three-year program, and the curriculum is composed of 10 required credits among which 6 pertain to research (academic dissertation), and is mainly focused on the writing of theses.

Flexible timetables with a small number of students

Class schedules can be determined according to the convenience of the students and the professors who attend the course; therefore, students can also take the classes from a remote location. Because classes are given in the evenings or on Saturdays, students can also work during their period of study. In the case of foreign students from overseas, they can consult with the professors and conduct research that involves both their home country and Japan, and write theses about it.

Professors from various academic disciplines providing support for research

Our graduate school has professors who play an active role in multiple areas of specialties involved in health and welfare. Therefore, various subjects are provided with full support, such as medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutrition, nursing, sport science, prosthetics & orthotics and assistive technology, welfare equipment technology, biomechanics, engineering, and social works.

Doctoral Degree

Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc.)

Examples of research topics

The field of Mind and Body Functions
  • Relationship between the angle of the shoulder joint and the subscapular muscles
  • Research on memory impairment and its assessment method in dementia associated to Alzheimer's disease and the Lewy bodies
  • Activity of the human brain and motion control during large movements
  • Aging-related changes in physical exercise capacities: Cross sectional study
  • Relationship between the shoulder joint angle and the activity of deep muscles during movement of the upper extremities
  • Analysis of the load on the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) during changes of direction while running
  • Study on the direction of the foot and the rotation axis of the knee during gait
  • Analysis of muscle functions in the finger flexor group
  • Study of the voices of patients with Parkinson's disease
  • Regulatory mechanism of muscle activity on the glucose metabolism in skeletal muscles
  • Study of the results of low frequency stimulation therapy in the functional training of eating and deglutition
  • Research on the acquisition of knowledge, particularly syntactic language, in the language development of children with hearing impairment
The field of Welfare Ergonomics
  • Research on the functions required of the knee joints on leg prostheses
  • Improvement of the swing control of prosthetic legs and evaluations of its effect
  • Research on the prevention of falls and muscle-strengthening in the elderly
  • Research on the suitability and safety of mobile welfare equipment, such as wheelchairs
  • Assessment study of the usability of welfare robots (life support robots)
The field of Community and Global Health and Welfare Science
  • Intervention studies into the prevention of life-style related diseases
  • Development of nutrition education techniques using devices for the self-monitoring of blood glucose in the glycemic control of patients with type-II diabetes
  • Development of nutritional education techniques for the prevention of obesity in patients with schizophrenia
  • Development of nutritional education techniques and techniques to improve the food environment for the prevention of metabolic syndrome in the workplace
  • Development of an empowerment index for people in charge of regional health promotion
  • Research on residents' new participation in community welfare
  • Structuralism and verification of the efficacy of the evaluation of health promotion plans for cities, towns and villages with the help of residents
  • The role of caregivers in health and welfare cooperation in regional nursing care
  • A qualitative study on the expertise and activities of nursing care workers in the field of life
  • Research on the current conditions and problems of the lifelong training of social workers: Mainly on the recurrent training at graduate schools
  • Research on the function of the social welfare system in the social security policy of Japan