Education and Research Advising

Beginning Your Studies at Our School

Graduate school research may begin prior to the start of classes. Faculty members provide individual counseling and give advice to applicants regarding the research topic applicants would like to pursue. This counseling begins before the entrance examination and open campus events, and continue after entrance examination.

The school takes practical opportunity into consideration, even if potential applicants have not graduated from university, and conducts individual examines of eligibility and certifies that applicants possess the same abilities as university graduates.

Classes at Our Graduate School

Our school consists of a graduate school master’s degree program only, and each matriculating class is limited to 24 students. Once students enroll in the school, they follow a curriculum which is divided into the 2 fields of Health Care Safety Administration, and Hospital or institutional administrative management in the Area of Health Care Safety Administration.

In order to be a graduate school where classes are often conducted with small class sizes and many students continue to work in the health care field while they study, students—many of whom are from different professions involved with health care and social welfare—frequently engage in discussions based on what they learn in class and exchange information as equals with their peers.

Health care safety administration is an extremely broad, multidisciplinary field, and pursuing studies in this field requires that investigations be based on many case studies. The foundation of students’ studies is Problem-Based Learning (PBL), where students extract the issues from each of these case studies and engage in repeated discussions regarding the measures to resolve these issues. Delving deeply into case studies is very useful for writing a master’s thesis.

The Step Up to Writing the Master’s Thesis

The majority of students do not fully understand how to go about conducting research when they enroll in the school. And it is for this reason that a course for Health Care Safety Research Methodology has been set as a required 1st-year graduate school course. This course provides an outline of research methodologies from a number of different perspectives based on the fact that the way to proceed with research has not been set in stone due to the distinctive nature of health care safety, in other words, that the target most of the time is humans and that researchers may be able to handle the unpublished data of health care organizations.

An analysis of numerical data is also required in research. For this reason, students learn about the necessary statistical methods in Introduction to Medical Statistics during the 1st year.

Students submit a summary of the direction of their research at the end of July in the 1st year in their research proposal. In cases where research necessitates an ethical consideration, an application for an research plan must be submitted to the Research Ethics Committee and approval must be received for research to proceed. In special seminars, students move forward with research while receiving guidance and advice from the primary and assistant graduate program advisors.

A mid-term research reporting session is held in the middle of July of the 2nd year of studies. At the session, the students give a presentation on the progress of their research to date. Students can receive a lot of advice not just from their advisors but also from other staff members and further improve the quality of their research.

Students submit their master’s thesis at the end of January and face an oral defense of their thesis in the middle of February at the school. During the oral defense, students present the results of their 2 years of research in front of many faculty members and students and are judged as to whether they will be awarded a master’s degree.