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 Message from the Director

Introduction of Division of Health Sciences and Nursing, Graduate School of Medicine,the University of Tokyo

At the Division of Health Sciences and Nursing, we are determined to develop knowledge and to prepare researchers who will contribute to the future transformation of the health sciences and nursing domain.

In Japan we enjoy a safe and comfortable living environment and the highest level of health indicators in the world. However, we also need to recognize the increasing social disparity is increasing and more and more people are deprived of a quality life and well-being due to various chronic conditions, aging, and disabilities. It is also notable that with the advancement of information, communication, and transportation technologies, human health issues should be considered from a global perspective.

In this moment, we must reconsider carefully what we should do as researchers in the domain of health sciences and nursing. In terms of health indicators, Japan ranks as one of the best in the world and, therefore, we are responsible for sharing information about our health service system with others so they can learn how we have reached this point. We also need to examine how we could progress in our endeavor to provide even better health care. Most importantly, we need to persevere to create a society where every person in Japan and the world is able to enjoy maximum health, well-being, and self-actualization.

Under these missions, the faculty members of the Division of Health Sciences and Nursing are highly committed to providing quality research findings and preparing our graduate students for quality research activities. Because health does not only mean the mere absence of disease but also seeking the maximum realization of human well-being, we take a variety of approaches to research. These include cutting-edge life sciences, technology, public health, educational psychology and philosophy. Integrating multiple approaches, we seek to create a new domain of health sciences and nursing.

In the master’s program, we focus mainly on nursing sciences. In the doctoral program we have additional departments from the School of Public Health: Epidemiology and Health Sciences, Behavioral Health Sciences, and Health Services Sciences. Together, we hope to contribute to the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health and the continuous improvement of quality of life of all people.

Please visit the websites of individual departments for further information on their specific research areas. If you are interested in any of these departments, please do not hesitate to contact us. We very much look forward to hearing from any prospective, highly motivated graduate students with high aspirations.

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