Niigata University of Health and Welfare

Doctoral course

Philosophy and Purpose

In the Doctoral Course, our philosophy is to go beyond the framework of each field (i.e. health, medical care and welfare) and provide integrated services to citizens according to their lifestyles, diseases or disorders. We educate the students and have them carry out research in interdisciplinary areas. We train outstanding educators, researchers and professional leaders.
There are three interdisciplinary research fields. First, in the field of “Mind and Body Functions” we conduct research on motion, behavior, sensation and higher brain functions through basic and clinical studies, with the purpose of preventing and reducing disorders. Second, in the field of the “Welfare Ergonomics”, we aim to support elderly people and those with disabilities so that they can live independently. We do so through an effective adaptation of a barrier-free environment and welfare tools. Thirdly, in the field of “Community and Global Health and Welfare”, we research on the evidence, projects and policies related to health promotion and welfare in the region. This is to build up a better society. We teach scientific theories about health and welfare, and apply them to basic research, clinical studies, and investigative research, which are the core of professional learning in each specialty. In addition, our aim is to produce results that can contribute to the development of the society.

Diploma, Curriculum and Admission Policies (Graduate School Doctoral Course)

Abilities and attitude for becoming qualified QOL supporters
Diploma Policy
NUHW grants a Doctoral degree to the doctoral students who have acquired the following abilities and attributes.
Curriculum Policy
NUHW implements the following curriculum in order to develop the doctoral students into competent QOL supporters.
Admission Policy
NUHW seeks students who have the following abilities and attributes.
S Science & Art
Ability to utilize scientific knowledge and skills in academic methods
Abilities to contribute to the development in their specialized areas with interdisciplinary and comprehensive perspective, and to submit papers to internationally recognized journals Students are required to show the academic performance in your field through the following subjects,"Special Topics in each Field", "Seminars" and "Thesis and Research". The scientific knowledge and skills as a professional in the field of medical and rehabilitation sciences, health sciences, social welfare, or health informatics and business administration, in addition, a basic English ability to disseminate information to the world.
T Teamwork
& Leadership
Ability to work well together as a team and show leadership as needed
Abilities to demonstrate leadership to perform their professional duties for interdisciplinary collaborative practices, and to produce remarkable achievements to contribute to the global society Students are expected to demonstrate leadership and to acquire collaborative skills among multiple professions through the subject, "Special Topics in each Field". The strong will and attitude to demonstrate leadership and to acquire collaborative skills among multiple professions.
E Empowerment
Ability to support clients by giving them powers to promote QOL
Attitude to be responsible for performing professional duties to enhance clients' QOL with dignity and respect Students are expected to aqcuire a rich humanity and integrity ethics and abilities to provide the extensive support of client's QOL through the subject, "Special Topics in each Field". The strong will to further develop for the support of the clients' QOL in your specialized field.
P Problem-solving
Ability to find ways of solving problems and propose better solutions
Abilities to propose the best solutions for clients' problems based on a scientific assesment and to develop and articulate research questions Students are required to enhance research and development capability in your field through the following subjects; "Special Topics in each Field", "Seminars" and "Thesis and Research". In addition, your own thesis for a Doctoral degree must be accepted. The systematic knowledge that can recognize and solve problems multilaterally, and basic methods of research for solving them.
S Self-realization
Attitude towards the fulfillment of his/her potential
Enthusiasm to develop their skills and expertise and make a long-term commitment in their discipline Students are expected to strengthen the self-fulfillment in worldwide activities as an advanced professional through the subject, "Special Topics in each Field" and in additional special lectures. The strong attitude to fulfill their own aspirations independently and proactively as an advanced professional related to your specialized field.
Remarks Refer to University Regulations, Article 1 Refer to Graduate School Manual(Gakusei Binran) Refer to Guidelines for Applicants(Gakusei Boshu Yohko) Click here for entrance examinations

Notes: "STEPS" is a acronym formed from the words, which represent "the five requirements" for qualified QOL supporters.
NUHW stands for Niigata University of Health and Welfare.

Degrees in Graduate School

Major in Health and Welfare Doctor of Health Science