On behalf of my colleagues at Niigata University of Health and Welfare, I am very pleased to welcome you to our university. The University was established in 2001 in order to train future health professionals in the field of health and social welfare sciences. Currently more than 7,000 graduates are working, not only in Japan but also in foreign countries, as “QOL (quality of life) supporters” and are involved in the care of the elderly, patients undergoing medical treatment, and the handicapped. Therefore, fostering “qualified QOL supporters” has been our university’s major goal since its foundation.
The Undergraduate School has six faculties. They are the Faculties of Rehabilitation Sciences, Medical Technology, Health Sciences, Nursing, Social Welfare, and Healthcare Management. There are about 3,800 students now taking a wide range of courses in these faculties.
Our graduate school started in 2005, and now has four master’s courses with majors in Medical and Rehabilitation Sciences (Master of Medical Science/Rehabilitation Science), Health Sciences (Master of Health Science/Nursing), Social Welfare (Master of Social Work), and Health Informatics and Business Administration (Master of Health Informatics and Business Administration). In addition, the School has one doctoral course with a major in Health and Welfare (Doctor of Health Science). In total, out of 114 students, 72 are in the master’s courses and 42 in the doctoral course, as of May 1, 2017.
We would like to encourage students with scientific interests in improving people’s health to become “qualified QOL supporters” with the intent to work worldwide in the future. We have been conducting collaborative research with international professionals, especially with those from countries in Asia and the Pacific region. We are, therefore, looking forward to producing modern scientific and technological achievements with the international community of health professionals who share a common interest in health science and health care.
Masaharu Yamamoto, MD, MPH, PhD