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2014 Fujii 
Dean of the Graduate School 

Message 2019 from the Dean

Greetings to all of our friends worldwide!
  The Graduate School of the Yamagata Prefectural University of Health Sciences (YPUHS) welcomed 11 Master's program students (3 Nursing course students, 2 Physical therapy course students and 6 Occupational therapy course students) and 3 Ph.D. program students (1 Nursing course student and 2 Occupational therapy course students) on April 2, 2019. The students hailed from homes throughout Japan, in Hokkaido, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi, Kumamoto, and Okinawa. The incoming graduate students were the 16th generation of students (total from our master's course) of the Master’s program, and the 3rd generation of students of the Ph.D. program. At our graduate school, 30 Master’s program students (6 Nursing course students, 8 Physical therapy course students and 16 Occupational therapy course students), and 14 Doctor’s program students (4 Nursing course students and 10 Occupational therapy course students) are registered. This year was the first in which all the members are students from our master’s program. Results of research conducted by our graduate students have been printed or accepted for publication in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Cortex, etc.
 
  Doctor’s program students from our university acquired their master's degrees at YPUHS, Akita University, International University Health and Welfare, Osaka Prefecture University, and the Prefectural University of Hiroshima. In addition, our graduate students are able to devote themselves to study with the support of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Research Fellowships for Young Scientists.
 
  The educational goals of our Ph.D. program present that “we intend to produce leaders of health, medical treatment, and welfare for service in inter-professional collaboration and in the changing field of integrated community care,” “we intend to cultivate professionals who can autonomously lead education and research related to health, medical treatment, and welfare based on local problems,” and “we shall nurture and develop researchers and advanced professionals to investigate and develop new care and rehabilitation services.” For the continuing improvement of our graduate school and understanding in a social role of training "professionals of intellect," our graduate students, along with staff and faculty, make diligent efforts at study and education for the future. We are convinced that true leaders are created through our continuing efforts.
 
  You can learn about many additional attractive features of our graduate school on our school homepage.
  April 8, 2019

Message 2018 from the Dean

Greetings to all of our friends worldwide!

  The first semester of 2018 has begun, and three months passed away. The Graduate School of the Yamagata Prefectural University of Health Sciences (YPUHS) welcomed 17 Master's program students (2 Nursing course students, 6 Physical therapy course students and 9 Occupational therapy course students) and 6 Ph.D. program students (1 Nursing course student and 5 Occupational therapy course students) on April 3, 2018. The respective hometowns of the students are in Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata, Miyagi, Tokyo, Osaka, and Hiroshima. The graduate students we received are the 15th generation students (total from our master's course) of the Master’s program, and the second generation of students of the Ph.D. program.
 
  A long with the increasing success of postgraduate education at our school, research activities of our graduate students have become very active. Last year, research results of two of our Master course students were accepted by international journals. Moreover, at many congresses held inside and outside the country, our students supported the publication of their research results.
 
  This year, the first Ph.D. program students started the second year. Their study activity is expected to be even more active. As the dean of the postgraduate course, I earnestly hope that our students will discover new results one after another and announce them officially. Particularly, the Master program students who entered our Ph.D. program will be able to conduct their research activities consistently, thereby acquiring knowledge of wider fields while making, developing, and reporting their profound insights. We look forward to the publication of their future research results.
 
  You can learn about many more attractive features of our graduate school on our school homepage!
July 10, 2018

Message 2017 from the Dean 

Greeting to all of our friends worldwide!
The Graduate School of the Yamagata Prefectural University of Health Sciences (YPUHS) launched its long-anticipated Ph.D. program in April, 2017. First, we heartily thank all who have cooperated with establishment of the Ph.D. program.
 
The educational goals of our Ph.D. program are the following three. First, we intend to produce leaders of health, medical treatment, and welfare for service in inter-professional collaboration and in the changing field of integrated community care. Our students aim at the social presentation of new ideas and practices from Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy studies in the Ph.D. program. Second, we intend to cultivate professionals who can autonomously lead education and research related to health, medical treatment, and welfare based on local problems. Third, we shall nurture and develop researchers and advanced professionals to investigate and develop new care and rehabilitation services. Our YPUHS Graduate School has one specialty, but it confers three degrees for consistency with our bachelor and masters programs.
 
Our graduate school strengthens cooperation among the fields of nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy toward this aim and characterizes enforcement of professional and comprehensive education and study for one specialty that unifies these areas. Therefore, through completion of the doctor's program of a course, a graduate student can acquire a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing, a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy or a Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy.
 
Five first stage graduate students of the last part of the doctor course entered today, becoming a compass guiding postgraduate education at the school. The faculty and staff of our school continue our support of physical and spiritual needs of our graduate students. We intend to develop our graduate students into global leaders who can meet the expectations of people in Yamagata, Japan, and the world.
April 4, 2017

 Message 2016 from the Dean

Greeting to all our friends worldwide!   Voice ⇒
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