Niigata University of Health and Welfare

Doctoral course
Major in Health and Welfare


In this major, we aim to train human resources capable of consistent multidisciplinary care through health, medical care and welfare. Through the three fields of research mentioned above, we train professionals capable of responding to complicated environmental changes in health, medical care and welfare. As for the students’ career options after the completion of the course, they may continue to be engaged in universities, graduate schools, training institutions, research organizations, or medical institutions. As advanced professionals who share a common view, our graduates will meet the needs of the current time through multidisciplinary care and are expected to play an active role in each field.


Since there are only a small number of doctoral programs in health and welfare in Japan, our students will be able to conduct research that meets the needs of society.
The current situation is that only a few graduate schools have a Ph.D. program in this field and our university is one of them. Particularly in our university, we expect the students to become educators, researchers, highly specialized professionals and policy-makers, and to develop this field of study throughout the whole of society.

Curriculum focused on research and on research theses
The doctoral course is a three-year program, and the curriculum is composed of 10 required credits of which six pertain to research (academic dissertation), and is mainly focused on the writing of theses.
Flexible timetable with a small number of students
Class schedules can be determined according to the convenience of the students and the professors who attend the course; therefore, students can also take the classes from a remote location. Because classes are given in the evenings or on Saturdays, students can also work during their period of study. In the case of foreign students from overseas, they can consult with the professors and conduct research that involves both their home country and Japan, and write a thesis.
Professors from various academic disciplines providing support for research
Our graduate school has specialists who play an active role in multiple areas of specialties involved in health and welfare. Therefore, various subjects are instructed with full support of professionals from medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, nutrition, nursing, sport science, prosthetics & orthotics and assistive technology, welfare equipment technology, biomechanics, engineering, and social works.

Doctoral Degree

Doctor of Health Science (D.H.Sc)

Teaching Staff

Daisuke Sato / Professor / Ph. D. (Chair)
The plasticity induction and motor learning, Sensorimotor integration in human brain during water immersion, The effects of exercise on physical and cognitive function

Kaoru Abe / Professor / Ph. D.
Practice of shoes human science, Shoes adjustment science, Development and evaluation of functional arch support (shoe insole) and footwear, Lower extremities orthosis for hemiplegia, Foot pressure (F-scan) analysis

Haruki Abe / Professor / M. D. Ph. D.
Glaucoma and Neuro-ophthalmology

Kazuo Ishigami / Professor / D. D. S., Ph. D.
Public health, Physiology, Social research method & health statistics, Community differences of lifestyle-related-diseases in Niigata prefecture, Time series analysis of social causes of suicide in Japan, Intervention study of the community program for preventing aggravation of long-term-care need

Shoichi Ishiura / Professor / Ph. D.
Neuroscience, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Alzheimer's Disease and Aging

Hirotaka Ito / Assistant Professor / Ph. D.
Medical sociology, Social research, Actor-network-theory

Hiromi Inaba / Professor / Ph. D., RD
Nutritional education for athlete, Study on the excessive desire for leanness

Nobuyuki Imai / Professor / Ph. D.
The analysis of the mechanism in mastication and swallowing, The development of the new treatment and rehabilitation for dysphagia, The relationship of oral health care and oral function, The relationship of oral function and systemic function

Toru Imamura / Professor / M. D. Ph. D.
Behavioral neurology, Clinical neuropsychology, Executive dysfunction in dementia, Diagnosis and management of dementia with Lewy bodies

Yuko Uda / Professor / Ph. D.
Community health nursing, Home care nursing, Disaster nursing

Mutsuaki Edama / Professor / Ph. D.
Gross anatomy, Functional anatomy, Twisted structure of the human Achilles tendon, Knee and ankle function of female athlete during the menstrual cycle

Yoshihiro Ehara / Professor / Ph. D.
Biomechanics, Motion analysis, Gait analysis, Muscular-skeletal simulation, Mechanical energy calculation, Human body balance analysis, Sports biomechanics, Prosthetic and orthotic gait analysis, Shoes analysis, Motion capture

Naofumi Otsuru / Professor / Ph. D.
Pain processing in the human brain

Hideaki Onishi / Professor / Ph. D.
Sensorimotor integration in the human sensorimotor cortex -MEG and EEG study, Induction of plasticity in the human motor cortex -TMS and tDCS study, Human motor cortex oxygenation during exercise -NIRS study

Go Omori / Professor / M. D., Ph. D.
Orthopaedic surgery (knee surgery and sports medicine), Epidemiology and pathogenesis of knee osteoarthritis, Motion and alignment analysis of the knee joint, Pain analysis before and after total knee arthroplasty, Epidemiology and prevention of fracture in childhood

Mineo Oyama / Professor / Ph. D.
Biomechanical study in neuromuscular function of the upper extremity, Brain research using transcranial magnetic stimulation

Masayoshi Kubo / Professor / Sc. D.
Motor learning, Kinesiology, Research methods, Understanding of human movement control / learning using biomechanical methods, Time series analysis of standing balance, Kinematic analysis of knee in motion using the point cluster method

Naoki Kodama / Professor / Ph. D.
Brain Function Measurement, Early Diagnosis and Prevention of Dementia

Tikayo Koyama / Professor / Ph. D.
Practical study of nursing for the elderly by means of action research

Katsuro Sato / Professor / M. D. Ph. D.
Otolaryngology, Middle ear infectious disease, Head and neck tumor, Logopedics and phoniatrics

Naritoshi Sato / Professor / Ph. D.
Low back pain, Effects of age-related spinal alignment and core stabilizing muscles, Myotuning approach for patients with muscular dysfunction

Junmei Sawada / Associate Professor / Ph. D.
Bioarchaeology of prehistoric East Asia, Histomorphological analysis of osteo-remains from archaeological contexts, Anthropology, Osteoarchaeology, Zooarchaeology

Kenichi Shibuya / Associate Professor / Ph. D.
Exercise physiology, especially on neural control for movements, Psychophysics concerning human cognition/perception

Yoshimitsu Shimoyama / Professor / Ph. D.
Coaching of swimming, Methods of evaluating swimming performance

Koshu Sugisaki / Professor / Ph. D.
Health instructions in cooperation with schoolteachers, Development of health teaching materials, methods, and evaluation

Hiroshi Sugimoto / Associate Professor / Ph. D.
Mental Health Nursing in public health, Sociology of Health, Community health, Health education and behavior.

Akira Suzuki / Professor / Ph. D.
Child welfare and family services, Social work with disabled people, Generalist social work practice, Community psychology

Kenji Suzuki / Professor / M. D. Ph. D.

Toru Takiguchi / Professor / Ph. D.
Epidemiology, Social research method & Health statistics, medical management, medical jurisprudence, Regional clustering analyses among prefecture in Japan using Moran’s I and LISA of medical and dental professionals such as doctor, dentist, nurse, etc.

Toru Taguchi / Professor / DSc.
Pain physiology, pathology and therapy, Peripheral and spinal mechanisms of myofascial pain and fibromyalgia, Cellular and molecular mechanisms of mechanical hyperalgesia

Yasuko Tsukamoto / Professor / Ph. D.
Midwifery and women’s health, Study of decision-making in the medical care, Study of health support programs

Atsuhiro Tsubaki / Professor / Ph. D.
Cortical oxygenation during gross motor tasks, Exercise effects for cognitive function, Cardiovascular and respiratory responses to exercise, Physical functions and physical activity in internal disorder, Age-related changes in physical functions

Kimiyo Terada / Professor / Ph. D.
International social work, Welfare sociology, Child welfare and family services

Daisuke Nagahama / Professor / Ph. D.
Clinical examination general remarks, Clinical cytology, Safety management of medical technology, Safety management and quality of clinical laboratory, Urinary system diseases and clinical laboratory diagnosis

Masatoshi Nakamura / Assistant Professor / Ph. D.
The effect of stretching on the muscle-tendon unit; the acute and chronic effects of resistance training on muscle strength and muscle mass.

Takashi Nara / Professor / Ph. D.
Human evolution, Osteology

Masaki Nishio / Professor / Ph. D.
Development of effective techniques relating to dysarthria and dysphagia

Yasuyuki Nishihara / Professor / Ph. D.
Embodied knowledge, Human resource management, What does “the ability of sport management professionals” mean?, What is the ability of a PE teacher?, What is the ability of an athlete? What abilities should a head coach have?, Cognitive science, Embodied knowledge, Training for Meister

Shinichi Noto / Professor / Ph. D.
Neuropsychology, Clinical economics, Intervention for unilateral spatial neglect and apraxia, Assessment of utilities used by the health utilities index and the EQ-5D, Cost-effectiveness analysis of rehabilitation

Tomonori Nomura / Professor / Ph. D.
The effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on cognitive function,Cognitive function, fall and physical activity in the elderly

Haruo Hanawa / Professor / M. D., Ph. D.

Akira Magara / Professor / M. D., Ph. D.
Collaborative science in health and welfare, Rehabilitation for spinal cord injury, Database for spinal cord injury, Complication of spinal cord injury, Rehabilitation for cerebral vascular accident, Inter-professional education (IPE), Virtual case module database for IPE

Kyosuke Matsumoto / Associate Professor / Ph. D.
Principle of clinical psychology, Clinical psychology

Yukihisa Miyachi / Professor / Ph. D.
Radiation Biology, Developmental Biology

Koya Yamashiro / Associate Professor / Ph. D.
Physiology, Neurophysiology, Exercise physiology, Plastic changes in the athlete's brain, Change detection systems in human

Toyoharu Yokoyama / Professor / Ph. D.
Social work, Study of social work education, Study of the lifelong training of social workers, Study of the formative processes of social workers, Study of the clarification of the social worker image

Yutaka Yoshioka / Associate Professor / Ph. D.
Language acquisition in typically developmental children, Language acquisition in developmentally challenged children, Functional atriculation disorder

Toshifumi Waranabe / Professor / Ph. D.
Social work, Communitiy-based welfare