Message from the Dean

Department of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University,Department of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University,Department of Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Kyushu University Dean Masayuki SASAKI

Although Japan is a country with a high life expectancy and a high level of medical care in comparison to the rest of the world, various diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and neurological disorders still threaten the longevity of the Japanese people. In addition, infectious diseases that are often considered to be curable or past illnesses still afflict many people, and the onset and outbreak of new infectious diseases continue to be reported every year. Medicine is a discipline that investigates the structure and function of the human body and diseases, and learns about the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. In addition, health science is an important field in which specialists learn how to best protect human health. Medicine and the health sciences therefore play an important role in human life.

Kyushu University School of Medicine, Department of Health Sciences, was established in 2002 after the establishment of Kyushu University College of Medical Technology in 1969, based on the nursing program founded in Kyoto Imperial University Fukuoka Medical School in 1903. In addition, the department of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medical Sciences (Master Course) was established in 2007, followed by the Doctor Course in 2009, and the Master Program Midwifery Course in 2015. In this department, nurses, public health nurses, radiological technologists, medical technologists, and midwives are trained. We aim to develop valuable human resources who can respond to team medicine and medical information in an aging society, and eventually become educators and researchers who can thus play an active role in international medical care. On the other hand, the knowledge and skills required of advanced medicine and health sciences are enormous, and good medicine requires the collaboration of many people. Rather than working hard alone, team medicine is required in which many people work together with their own particular professional strengths.

Health science is also a relatively new discipline. As this area is evolving day after day, there are plenty of problems to solve. Rather than remembering existing knowledge, you have to find and solve new problems. We understand the questions and problems of medicine and health science and are working on various types of research to promote new health programs and systems. Among them, new researchers who can become international leaders in the health sciences and thereby provide new information to the world are growing. Research is also a process of developing the ability to evolve and actively learn by oneself while keeping up with world progress. In addition to faculty members and students, we intend to work together with people from various fields to positively contribute to human health both now and in the future.

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