Educational Philosophy

Admission Policy

Potential students seeking to enroll in this postgraduate program are required to possess an interest in the field of health care, the literacy skills fundamental to learning, communication skills, as well as any of the following ambitions:

  1. To acquire and apply the knowledge and skills pertaining to quality, safety, and management in the field of health care.
  2. To clarify challenges and think of plans to address such challenges using research methodologies while acquiring the skills to collaborate those results to society.
  3. To apply practical skills to improve health care quality and safety through interdisciplinary cooperation and to become an educational leader.

Curriculum Policy

 The curriculum for the department consists of 10 required courses (22 credits of which 2 credits are for special lectures and 8 credits are for writing the master's thesis on the candidate's research topic), 2 required elective courses (1 credit taken from 2 credits), and 29 elective courses (12 credits to be taken from 41 credits). Students require 35 credits to complete the program.

  1. Required courses are obligatory for all students. These courses provide the basis for health care safety administration. Patient Participation Program in particular is the only course available on the topic in Japan. The Health Care Safety Management Master’s Program and the Health Care Risk Management Master’s Program satisfy the requirements of a Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare Study Group/Health Care Safety Administration Training Program.
  2. Students enrolled in the Health Care Safety Management Program choose Health Care Safety Management Case Studies as their required elective course while students in the Hospital or institutional administrative management Program choose Hospital or institutional administrative management Case Studies.
  3. For elective subjects, students consult with their graduate program advisor and choose courses that are related to their own research or courses which interest them.

Introductory courses, covering research methodology and fundamental principles are included in the first semester of students’ first year of studies. Active learning activities such as group work, debating, and role-plays are also incorporated into each course. Many courses are offered in the first year, and case study practice and some courses are only offered in the first semester of the second year. Students can take a maximum of 30 credits 1-year period.

Diploma Policy

A graduate program advisor—who is capable of advising the student on research on the topic the student wanted to pursue at the time of his or her enrollment or similar topic—first provides guidance regarding research policies, previous research searches, and applications to the Research Ethics Committee before the start of the second semester in the first year. Advisors lead special seminars, undergo assessment by the Research Ethics Committee and receive the committee’s approval as they prepare the foundation for the student’s practical research, and guide the student through practical research. An assistant advisor is often assigned, providing guidance from a much broader perspective.
If the student uses a facility outside this school, the student shall use the facility after undergoing assessment by the facility’s ethics committee and receiving the committee’s approval and taking part in an orientation covering usage of the facility.
The primary advisor or the assistant advisor checks the progress of the student’s research regularly. An interim reporting session is conducted in July of the second year of study, and the results of the session are binding.
The master’s thesis is written in Japanese, but an English abstract is required to be appended at a minimum. The research shall be at a level suitable for submission as reference materials in the entrance examination of a doctoral program at another university and suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed academic journal or digest. The goal is for the master's thesis to be submitted to a peer-reviewed academic journal or other publication within one year of receipt of the thesis.