Academics

Major in Health Sciences
Field of Health and Nutrition

Overview of the field

The Field of Health and Nutrition uses the science of nutrition and related disciplines to identify and solve health problems. Each faculty member in this field is an experienced professional who is involved in research of food science, cookery science, clinical nutrition, cancer epidemiology, nutritional education, nutrition physiology, exercise physiology, bone metabolism, glucose metabolism, or other nutrition-related areas. The Field of Health and Nutrition consists of two courses: the "Education Researcher Course" and the "Clinical Nutrition Specialist Course". The former offers programs of advanced study in health science that prepares graduates for teaching, research, administrative, and leadership positions in academic, medical, public health, and other institutions. The latter course provides professionally trained registered dieticians with comprehensive knowledge about clinical nutrition and advanced skills in nutritional treatment. This course prepares graduates to be successful in nutrition support team (NST) in medical institutes.

Characteristics of the field

Fostering highly trained educators and researchers

The "Education Researcher Course" fosters highly trained educators and researchers in health science areas related to diet, nutrition and exercise. Specifically, career options at various universities and vocational schools are conceivable. It is necessary for these professionals to be able to find their own research theme and conduct research on their own, organize the results into a research paper and publish them. The "Education Researcher Course" offers programs for fostering basic skills involving research.

Fostering professionally trained registered dietitians

Emphasis has recently been placed on the importance of nutrition support team (NST) in good nutritional care and management of patients. Therefore, currently, highly trained registered dieticians are in extreme demand in medical institutions. Dieticians in NST require comprehensive knowledge about clinical nutrition and advanced skills in nutritional treatment. The goal of the "Clinical Nutrition Specialized Course" is to provide professionally trained registered dieticians with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment by hospitals or nursing care facilities.

Graduate students from diverse backgrounds

Currently, the students who come to study in the field of Health and Nutrition are of three categories: students who entered the graduate school directly after graduation from our university's Department of Health and Nutrition (Undergraduate School), students who are registered dietitians working and playing an active part in hospitals, and students who come from other fields (or other universities). Since the graduate students in our field have diverse age and backgrounds, students can have contact with people harboring various values.

Research on food support and health

In the Field of Health and Nutrition, research has been done to examine the effect of nutrition and exercise on glucose metabolism in skeletal muscles by using molecular biological analysis methods. Furthermore, we have conducted food science research to develop the food menus for the elderly by using a new cooking method known as "low temperature steaming". We also have conducted epidemiological studies on the prevention of osteoporosis and cancer. The field of research related to food and health is very broad, and it is conceivable that the research will expand to various areas in the future.

Master's Degree

Master of Health Science (M.H.Sc.) in Nutrition

Examples of research topics

  • Perspectives on the safety and nutritional potency of genetically modified foods, and the development of food products in the near future
  • Cooking methods and the resulting qualitative and quantitative alterations in functional substances
  • Research on the development and evaluation of community health and nutrition policy programs
  • Research on the food environments (especially food systems and food cycles) and the health of residents
  • Research on socio-economic disparities and health / nutritional status
  • Research on nutrition and food assessment
  • The effects of exercise and nutrition on glucose metabolism in skeletal muscles
  • The effects of exercise and nutrition on glucose metabolism in brain