Niigata University of Health and Welfare

Master's course

Objectives and Principles of Establishment

The Master's Degree Course in our graduate school was established in April 2005. Currently, the Graduate School of Health and Welfare consists of 13 fields in 4 majors. We have produced a large number of human resources contributing to the development of the communities and societies. A total care aimed at protection of citizens' lives and the promotion of their health through an integrated social policy are the common goals in the fields of Health and Welfare. To achieve these goals, various areas of specialty in all disciplines are required to cooperate with each other through a team approach. In the graduate school we aim to achieve an even higher level by providing an environment where the students are involved in interdisciplinary education and research.

Characteristics of the Curriculum

The curriculum of Master’s Degree Course is focused on training researchers, educators and highly specialized professionals. Therefore, students can look ahead to their career options and select their subjects well in advance.

General description of the common courses

Some of the common courses are chosen and studied concurrently in each specialty. The purpose is to acquire, in an integrated manner, the knowledge which is necessary for advanced professionals and for those who aspire to become researchers and educators. The framework is composed of three basic specialties: studies on research methods, studies on a team approach and team medical care, and studies on basic knowledge for advanced technical knowledge.

Overview of the specialized courses

The purposes of the specialized courses are to study the leading-edge theories and technologies in each area of expertise and to provide guidance for the improvement of students’ capabilities and practical competence to conduct investigative research. Ultimately, in special research, we teach students how to complete a master’s thesis, which is a compilation of each student’s research project, based on all the theoretical concepts and methods the student will have learnt by then.

Interdisciplinary research

We are conducting several interdisciplinary research projects with many graduate students.

Diploma, Curriculum and Admission Policies (Graduate School Master's Course)

Abilities and attitude for becoming qualified QOL supporters
Diploma Policy
NUHW grants a Master's degree to the graduate students who have acquired the following abilities and attributes.
Curriculum Policy
NUHW implements the following curriculum in order to develop the graduate 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 utilize basic knowledge and skills of science Students are required to show the academic performance in your field through the following subjects; "Special Topics in Health Promotion", "Medicine of Mind and Body Correlation", "Principles and Applications of Epidemiology", and Advance Course in each Field. The broad education of liberal arts, in addition the basic knowledge and skills in the field of medical and rehabilitation sciences, health sciences, social welfare, or health informatics and business administration.
T Teamwork
& Leadership
Ability to work well together as a team and show leadership as needed
Abilities to build good relationships with other specialists and demonstrate leadership to perform their professional duties for interdisciplinary collaborative practices Students are expected to demonstrate leadership and to acquire collaborative skills among multiple professions through the following subjects, "Advanced Collaboration in Health and Welfare", "Methodology and Practice of Inter-Professional Education". The strong will and attitude to acquire collaborative skills among multiple professions and abilities to practice their duties with your leadership.
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 abilities to support clients with deepen understanding of their sense of value and self-determination through the following subjects; "Special Topics in Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology", "Pedagogy in Inter-Professional Education", "Advanced Mental Health and Counseling", and Clinical Practice in each Field. The strong will to understand the diversity of people's lives to support the clients' QOL in your specialized field.
P Problem-solving
Ability to find ways of solving problems and propose better solutions
Abilities to solve clients' problems based on scientific assesment Students are required to enhance logical thinking abilities and to acquire abilities to solve problems by analyzing and considering comprehensively, through the following subjects; "Research Methods in Clinical and Natural Science", "Methods of Social Survey", "Advanced Methodology in Statistics and Evaluation", and Master's Thesis and Research. Students are required to pass the exams in these subjects and to write a thesis for a Master's degree. In addition, a thesis for a Master's degree are required. The basic abilities and experiences to think logically and multilaterally about problems in your specialized field and to solve them.
S Self-realization
Attitude towards the fulfillment of his/her potential
Attitude to make a long-term commitment as experts in their discipline and to participate and contribute as part of their lifelong learning Students are expected to strengthen your motivation to practice the activities as a professional through the following subjects; "Exercise in International Health I & II", "Field Exercise in Respective Duty Countries", and "Research Thesis"(including JICA Program) and in additional special lectures. The wide interests of problems related to your specialized field and a strong attitude towards studying independently and proactively.
Remarks Refer to University Regulations, Article 1 Refer to Graduate School Manual(Gakusei Binran)  

Notes: "STEPS" is an 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 Medical and Rehabilitation Sciences
Field of Physical Therapy Master of Rehabilitation Science in Physical Therapy
Field of Occupational Therapy Master of Rehabilitation Science in Occupational Therapy
Field of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Master of Rehabilitation Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
Field of Prosthetics & Orthotics and Assistive Technology Master of Rehabilitation Science in Prosthetics & Orthotics
Field of Safety and Risk Management for Medical Technology Master of Medical Science in Safety and Risk Management for Medical Technology
Field of Orthoptics and Visual Sciences Master of Medical Science in Orthoptics and Visual Sciences
Field of Emergency Medical Science Master of Medical Science in Emergency Medical Science
Major in Health Sciences
Field of Health and Nutrition Master of Health Science in Nutrition
Field of Health and Sports Master of Health Science in Sports
Field of Nursing Master of Health Science in Nursing
Major in Social Welfare
Field of Policies Planning and Administration for Health and Welfare Master of Social Work
Field of Manegement of Health and Welfare Master of Social Work
Major in Health Informatics and Business Administration
Field of Health Informatics and Business Administration Master of Health Informatics and Business Administration