Graduate School of Health and Welfare Department of Healthcare Informatics

Students are trained to possess knowledge in both health, medicine and welfare, and advanced information techniques, and to have practical skills to play an active role as Information Managers at the local medical institutions, welfare facilities, and as Senior Technicians in the medical welfare related companies.

Chairperson of the department: Professor Ikuo Tofukuji (Engineering/doctorate)

Major Course Degree
Medical and welfare informatics Master’s course Master’s degree (Master’s Course in Medical and Welfare Informatics)

Chief Instructor in charge and educational research fields

Educational research fields Chief Instructor in charge Main research
Neuroscience
Neuronal Physiology
Professor Seiji Ozawa
(Dean of the graduate school)
Study of information transmission mechanisms present in the synapses in the central nervous system
Medical Informatics Professor Ikuo Tofukuji
(Chairperson of the department)
Study on the standardization of health checkups and medical information
Study of telepathology and pathological information system
Web information science
Database
Professor Masahiro Ishikawa Web mining research
Study of information retrieval and natural language processing
Medical Administration/Management Science
Medical economics
Associate Professor Norihiro Kimura Business models for medicine related businesses
Information provision methods in medicine
Sales strategies for medical agencies
Medical Informatics Professor Nagasawa Tohru Development of diagnostic support for the breast ultrasound with machine learning
Multivariate analysis of mental health data from health check
Imaging multi-channel EEG data with machine learning
Medical and Health Informatics Professor Hitoshi Matsuo Study of medical systems and medical improvement
Medical management (community medicine, hospital management, hospital action, etc.)
Biomedical Engineering Daishi Takahashi Lecturer Research on the development of risk level predictive technology with the application of biometrics for different types of disease

Education Policy

Diploma Policy (DP)

Master’s course
  1. Acquired a wide range of knowledge regarding health, medicine and health welfare, as well as specialized knowledge and skills related to medical information science.
  2. Mastered advanced information processing technology, and acquired practical skills for its application in the solution of various issues in the health, medicine and health welfare field.
  3. Acquired abilities to research issues related to digitization of health, medicine, as well as preventive medicine and welfare records, and appropriately summarize the achievements in a presentation.
  4. Possesses a mission and ethical viewpoint as a professional of the health, medicine and health welfare field.

【Dissertation Review Criteria】

 [ Master’s Dissertation Review Criteria]

  1. Master’s Dissertation must be student’s own written work that includes the original research findings and discussions in the domain of healthcare informatics, health and welfare or food and nutrition. The dissertation must be a proof of an excellent ability to perform a duty that requires research skills and advanced expertise in the above-mentioned research fields.
  2. Master’s dissertation will be evaluated on the following:
  3. (1)Novelty:
  4.    The dissertation includes a new insight that existing studies have not shown.
  5. (2)Appropriateness of the theme setting:
  6.    The background, position, and purpose of the research are appropriately stated, based on the current issues and the previous researches in the field of study concerned.
  7. (3)The appropriateness of the research method:
  8.    The methods of research, investigation and experiment are adequate, and the details are concretely described.
  9. (4)Adequacy of content:
  10.    Text, figures, tables, citations and the list of references of which the dissertation consists are well-organized in an appropriate manner.
  11. (5)Consistency of the argument:
  12.    Descriptions are clear and logically consistent from a problem statement to a conclusion.
  13. (6)Ethics
  14.    The norms that academic research must comply with are followed.

Curriculum Policy (CP)

Master’s course
  1. Compulsory courses are set so students can learn a wide range of knowledge and basics of medical information science, and play an active role in the health, medicine and health welfare field. In addition, “medicine and welfare subjects” and “information science subjects” are established.
  2. To have optional courses that let the students acquire core and technological knowledge that is necessary to apply to the health, medicine and welfare field the knowledge of information technology that demands a high level of expertise . In addition, “medicine and welfare subjects” and “information science subjects”.
  3. In order to develop their ability to seek solutions to problems by integrating health and welfare, allow the students to choose as optional subjects the subjects that are originally covered under other majors ,for which up to 4 credits are to be approved.
  4. The research guidance received from the instructors is treated as “Special Research”, and students are tasked with writing a master’s thesis.

Brush up Program for Professionals (BP)

Changes in the medical data to large-scale databases have advanced due to rapid digitization in the medical field. Movement of hospitals to analyze a large quantity of data (big data), for the improvement of efficiency in hospital management and the quality of medical services has been actively pursued. In consideration of these conditions, the Master’s Course in Medical and Welfare Informatics has been reformatted as a program to cultivate work practice skills in this field. Specifically, students acquire knowledge and skills related to medical information and medical statics, by participating in group discussions and on-site surveys conducted during their Master’s course of medical information science, Master’s course training of health information science, Master’s course training for the establishment of medical information systems, while simultaneously master the basic knowledge of hospital management and medical information, through the Master’s course of medical information science and the Master’s course of hospital management. Students also acquire skills related to medical information systems and medical statistics by discussion in workshops. A Master’s degree (Master’s Course in Medical and Welfare Informatics) is granted once the student obtains 30 or more credits, submits a master’s thesis and has it reviewed.

Greetings

The Master’s Course in Medical and Welfare Informatics, Department of Health and Welfare, has been certified as the “Brush up Program for Professionals (BP).” We are hoping to train hospital managers, administrators and other staff members by imparting to them the specialized knowledge regarding information technology, through this program and use the knowledge in performing their duties.

Dean, Department of Healthcare Informatics  Ikuo Tofukuji

Entrance examination outline

Name Years to master Enrollment capacity Degree
Master’s Course in Medical and Welfare Informatics 2 years 3 Master’s degree (Master’s Course in Medical and Welfare Informatics)

Admission Policy

Master’s Course in Medical and Welfare Informatics

This course aims to train the professionals who have exhaustive knowledge regarding both health/medicine/welfare and high level information technique, and who can promote digitization of information on health/medicine/welfare in the local medical institutions/welfare facilities and medical welfare related companies, and educators/researchers instrumental in the field of information science related to health, medicine and welfare. Therefore, this program should attract the students and working adults who have strong interest in utilizing the information technology for improving the health/medicine/welfare of the community.

Graduate School
Graduate School of Health and Welfare
Department of Healthcare Informatics