Our Graduate School
Welcome to our Graduate School Homepage! Japanese version
Dean of the Graduate School
The Graduate School of the Yamagata Prefectural University of Health Sciences (YPUHS) was established to improve community health, medical treatment, and welfare in 2004. Our Graduate School of YPUHS has one specialty, but it confers three degrees for consistency with our department. Upon the completion of the master's program of a course, a graduate student can acquire a Master of Science degree (MS) in Nursing, an MS in Physical Therapy or an MS in Occupational Therapy. Now, graduate students come to attend our school from Aomori, Miyagi, Fukushima, as well as Yamagata. Here, they find keys to resolving problems of health, medical treatment, and welfare in their own communities. More than 100 graduate students have completed our master's program and have then progressed to play active roles in diverse fields around Tohoku and the Kanto region in Japan. In addition, 25% of our faculty members are occupied as alumni of our master’s course. In this way our graduate school has played an important part in the education of scholars and their employment in the Tohoku region.
The environment related to today's health, medical treatment, and welfare is changing rapidly and drastically. Medical technology and information and communication technology have spurred ceaseless innovation. Moreover, the correspondence between scholarship and employment has increased in importance for patients and users depending on specialized skills and knowledge in this field. Furthermore, promotion of local inclusion care and many types of inter-professional collaboration in medical treatment (team approach medical care) is necessitated by Japan’s decreasing birthrate, aging population, and depopulation society. Offering an effective system of health, medical treatment, and welfare services is expected to change greatly. In addition, the Pacific littoral areas of the Tohoku region are experiencing a continued outflow of population after the Great East Japan earthquake on March 11, 2011 along with the long-term adverse influence of evacuee life. The great need exists in such areas for highly specialized knowledge and skills for Nurses, Community health nurses, Midwives, Physical therapists, and Occupational therapists. In other words, these local people do not merely remain in conventional services, but need construction and support of a new system for health, medical treatment, and welfare services. Our graduate school, which is adjacent to affected areas, promotes education of talented and capable people who can cope with local difficulties positively and construct a framework system.
The third Yamagata Synthesis Development Plan (Long-term design) describes that “we will establish a public base supporting health, medical treatment and welfare to establish a substantial foundation of relief, pleasure and life”. The Sixth Yamagata Medical Treatment for Health Plan presents an "architecture of health, medical treatment and welfare cooperation organization without interruption." The establishment of higher education that enables career improvement is demanded of our school. Now we are preparing for the establishment of the graduate school doctorate program. We are answering the demands of Yamagata, and doing our duty in furtherance of regional revitalization.
We continually seek creative knowledge and technology, and develop excellent professionals based on advanced study capability and rich learning. Let's all think about how everyone can help create a future of stronger communities and stronger, healthier people throughout the world!
April 1, 2016