Reasons for Establishing a Joint Graduate School

Reasons for Establishing a Joint Graduate School

Through the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in
March 2011, it was revealed that we currently face a shortage of
experts, including nurses and public health nurses, in the field of
disaster and radiation exposure medical science, such as emergency
radiation exposure medical services professionals and radiation
health risk communications specialists. In the future, the spread of
radiation diagnoses/therapies, and personnel training in the field of
disaster and radiation exposure medical science, will be huge
challenges in Japan and abroad, especially in other Asian countries
where the construction of nuclear power plants is progressing.
In 2016, Nagasaki University will make a great achievement in
radiation exposure medical science and radiation risk science, along
with Fukushima Medical University. The institutions both gained valuable experience from the Great East Japan Earthquake, and education
faculties in disaster medical science will open the “Division of Disaster and Radiation Medical Sciences,” taking advantage of the best
characteristics of each university to begin personnel training in this field.

New talent needed for disaster and radiation medical sciences

The field of disaster and radiation medical sciences involves traditional emergency medicine and relief, as well as new modalities such as the
identification of radiation damage type and quality, the measurement of radiation exposure, and other determinations made in partnership
with specialists across a range of fields. Professionals working in this field must also be equipped to respond to emergent needs including
pollution cleanup, radiation protection, and the provision of explanations and psychological support to residents about the effects of radiation.

In 2015, Nagasaki University and Fukushima Medical University were designated as comprehensive support centers for nuclear disasters and
medical support centers for complex radiation exposure. This new joint major program utilizes these functions to the fullest in an academic
context and will train a generation of talent who will be poised to form the nucleus of these centers.

New talent needed for disaster and radiation medical sciences


Admission Policy

Applicants will have a strong interest in and aptitude for disaster medical science, radiation exposure medical science, radiation international medicine and health science, and radiation and health nursing science; will possess cooperativeness and leadership skills; and will have a strong desire to engage in dedicated study to acquire coordination capabilities and communication skills in times of emergency.

Curriculum Policy

As common major subjects to be audited in both the medical science course and the nursing course, students will audit a group of subjects related to the foundations of disaster/radiation exposure medical science (fundamental radiation medical science, risk communication, and disaster medicine). As specialized subjects in each course, a group of subjects related to international health science and disaster medical science for the medical science course and a group of subjects for the mastery of specialized knowledge related to radiation nursing science in the nursing course will each be established.
Students will acquire the ability to practice the expert knowledge they have acquired through practical courses at Fukushima Medical University, Nagasaki University, and the Nagasaki University–Kawauchi Village Reconstruction Promotion Base.
In project studies, academic staffs of the constituent universities will conduct systematic academic supervision based on the foundation of knowledge acquired up to that point.

Diploma Policy

Individuals will leverage interdisciplinary knowledge related to disaster medical science, radiation exposure medical science, and radiation international medicine and health science in the medical science course and radiation exposure medical science and radiation health nursing science in the nursing course; will display cooperativeness and leadership; will assess issues at disaster sites domestically and overseas to propose and implement countermeasures; and furthermore will be able to lead efforts at both crisis communication (information communication and sharing during disasters) and risk communication (information sharing and dialog before and after disasters).

Demonstrated specific capabilities required for awarding the diploma:
In medical organizations, transport organizations, local government organizations, and related ministries and agencies, individuals will be able to exert coordination capability and crisis communication capability in emergency response in accordance with the disaster cycle during compound wide-area disasters; will be able to respond appropriately to health incidents; and, during non-emergency times or during reconstruction, will be able to handle projects concerning residents’ disaster readiness measures and health impacts, and risk communication, etc.;
Individuals will be able to conduct training for educational institutions, local governments, and public organizations both domestically and overseas;
Upon completing the doctoral program, individuals will be able to lead projects concerning crisis communication and risk communication in related international organizations during disasters.

Tuition and Student Support Programs

Enrollment fees:¥282,000 / Course fees:¥535,800 per annum

The Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) provides scholarships that start from ¥50,000*. If the student is unable to utilize a JASSO scholarship for some reason, each university has systems in place for the conferral of its own scholarships.
For details, please contact each university.

Tuition exemptions
Students with exceptional grades who have difficulty paying tuition, for financial reasons, may apply for a tuition exemption.
For details, please contact each university.

Students’ VOICE

  • Choeung Karo

    Choeung Karo

    from Cambodia

    I’m a Cambodian pharmacist having experienced in pharmacy and phytochemistry laboratory. I’m fascinated with the research on the usage of nuclear medicine and human/animal health effects in Genken. Lastly, I appreciate the quality of learning facilities, the high standard of teaching and student support.

  • Han Moe Moe

    Han Moe Moe

    from Myanmar

    My main reason for applying for a place on this program is to extend my knowledge about radiation and learn modern techniques to prevent radiation exposure. I believe that master’s in Medical Science Course is needed to improve health care facilities about radiation in all countries.

  • Amrenova Aidana

    Amrenova Aidana

    from Kazakhstan

    I am so happy to have an amazing opportunity to get high- quality education, expose myself to the new culture and environment as well as meet a lot of international friends.
    Besides, I hope that my previous degree in general medicine will contribute significantly to more profound research of radiation and disaster medicine.

  • Myssayev Altay

    Myssayev Altay

    from Kazakhstan

    One of the medicine problems of the Republic of Kazakhstan – oncology. Particularly early diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the severe stages with metastasis. It proves the relevance of the development of radionuclide diagnostics and radionuclide therapy. Japan is a well-developed country and has experience in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This experience is relevant in Kazakhstan and will be useful for me, as a future nuclear medicine specialist.

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