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Updated:08 27, 2019
A graduate school that places focus on recurrent education
Professionals who deliver appropriate health and social services in integrated form while possessing extensive expertise on specific fields are in high demand to respond to Saitama residents' needs towards health and medical welfare that are becoming increasingly complicated and diversified.
SPU offers a two-year master's program to develop such high-quality, sophisticated professionals. The graduate school's basic concept is themed "A graduate school that places focus on recurrent education" because it is very effective to leverage the awareness of issues cultivated through fieldwork and on-site practicum in the health and social services realm.
Hiroaki Ueda, First year, Rehabilitation Sciense
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Developing healthcare and social services personnel for the next generation through education collaborating with professionals
The doctoral program develops personnel who will contribute to Saitama's upcoming ultra-aging population through improving the lifestyle qualities of residents from comprehensive perspectives including nursing, rehabilitation, theories and technological developments on health and welfare, system development, and developing human resources as research-oriented professionals, educators or researchers in leadership positions possessing specialized knowledge built from the academic fields of health and social services.
Subjects offered are broadly categorized into the following: (1) "Common Subjects" covering discussions on residents' physical, emotional and social health longevity, (2) "Specialized Subjects" based on prior learnings pertaining to nursing, rehabilitation and health sciences, (3) "Seminars" that cultivate research capabilities to further study the specialized field, and (4) "Research Subjects" in which students write theses that are worth doctoral degrees by paving the way to unknown realms of health science through experiments and surveys.
"IPW (Interprofessional Work) System Development Theory" is required among the common subjects. SPU bases its education on the "Collaboration and Integration" motto, and requires students to take "IPW Subjects" in their four years of undergraduate studies involving IPE (interprofessional education). The practicing of IPW is also required in SPU's master's program as "IPW Theory" in which professionals of healthcare, medical care and social services demonstrate teamwork to offer education that will ultimately support the people's health. IPE and IPW that connected undergraduate studies and the master's program are placed greater emphasis in SPU's doctoral program, and students are taught the IPE and IPW systems that the university continues to develop.
Akira Kobayashi, Doctoral Program