Curriculum Policy in the Faculty of Medicine

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Curriculum Policy in the Graduate School of Medicine

Curriculum in Medicine
Curriculum in Medical Science
Curriculum in School of Public Health
Curriculum in School of Human Health Science

Curriculum in Medicine

In the PhD program, students will select their own respective posts of assignment from an assortment of renowned departments and laboratories at the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University. It is there that prospective PhD candidates will acquire the fundamental skills and knowledge required to plan, conduct and complete a respectable project in basic and clinical medical research. PhD candidates will also be assigned to at least one of the Graduate School Training Courses, which bridges the gap between Clinical, Basic and Social Medicine.

In the Graduate School Training Course, degree candidates will hone their knowledge and sense of ethics as future researchers, and further benefit from periodic interactive seminars with professors where ideas can be freely exchanged. Through this active exchange, students will gain a broader perspective on the concept of medical research, and learn to nurture vital skills in establishing collaboration, which will enable them to erect new avenues of research.

Using this approach based on comprehensive training in the fundamental principles of medical science and emphasizing the importance of teamwork, it is our sincerest hope that the graduates of this program will transcend the boundaries that inhibit collaboration amongst researchers, and become the world’s leading medical researchers/educators.


Curriculum in Medical Science

Under the Master of Science (MS) program, students with no background in medicine receive instruction in the basic medical sciences and training in research methodologies to become broad-minded and extraordinary researchers in the challenging field of medicine. In just 2 years, students with no background in the biological sciences will acquire a working and fundamental understanding of the natural sciences via the comprehensive coursework offered under this program. The initial 4-month period in the MS program will be devoted to intensive classroom instruction in the essential sciences and laboratory training. After this phase, students will select one laboratory—from an assortment of more than 110—to conduct research throughout the remainder of their MS candidacies, where their knowledge and skills acquired in other academic disciplines will be utilized to the fullest extent.

On the other end of the spectrum, students enrolled in the PhD program will be directly assigned to their laboratory-of-choice upon entrance, where they will receive continuous training on how to plan and complete a medical research project on their own. To supplement their training, PhD candidates will also be assigned to one of the Graduate School Training Courses, which bridges the gap between Basic, Clinical and Social Medicine. In the Graduate School Training Course, PhD candidates will broaden their horizons via exposure to students and staff representing other fields of medical expetise. Through these interactions, PhD candidates will acquire a broader perspective and learn first-hand the importance of establishing collaboration on the sometimes arduous road to discovering uncharted territories in the field of medicine.

Based on this approach combining comprehensive instruction in the fundamental medical sciences and emphasizing the importance of collaboration, the PhD program aims to develop highly competent researchers that will transcend the boundaries of compartmentalization and become the world’s leading medical researchers/educators.


Curriculum in School of Public Health

The professional degree program offered under the School of Public Health is designed to develop multifaceted professionals who will pursue a career in public health, medicine or welfare. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to detect, evaluate, analyze and problem-solve the many public health issues that threaten the health of society’s key component—the individual. To develop fully capable professionals, we offer a curriculum based on comprehensive instruction in the fundamental subjects, training to apply acquired knowledge to real-world situations, and hands-on training. Instruction in the “fundamental subjects” implies the core principles (epidemiology, medical statistics, environmental science, administration/management, and social science) of science that all experts hold as common ground in the field of Public Health. For graduates with no background in medicine, we provide extensive training in subjects covering basic and clinical medical subjects. In addition to providing instruction on the fundamental principles of medicine, we offer “applied learning” which comes in the form of diverse electives and includes everything from courses in the frontier medical sciences to human social sciences. In terms of “practical training,” every student is assigned a topic for a subjective study. Under this segment of training, students will plan a project, evaluate the ethical considerations, conduct experiments and present their findings in the same fashion as professional researchers.

To augment the traditional, systematic coursework and curricula, the School of Public Health established three special training courses to develop professionals in highly technical fields.

Management of Technology and Intellectual Property Course
This course was established for the sole purpose of developing professionals who can manage the end product of frontier medical research, as intellectual assets. Students electing this course will acquire specialized knowledge in intellectual property rights and technical management practices. In order to develop highly qualified professionals, the Management of Technology and Intellectual Course provides practical training in patenting, establishing an invention, screening for existing patents, making invoices, business planning and contract writing, in addition to standard classroom instruction in biology, medicine, technical management and law (intellectual property law, patent law).

Clinical Researcher Training Course (Master of Clinical Research, MCR)
Designed specifically for medical doctors and dentists, the Clinical Researcher Training Course is a one-year intensive course to develop highly qualified clinically-oriented epidemiological researchers. Upon graduation, students enrolled under this program will be highly proficient in erecting a concept for a clinical research project based on their own personal experiences, and establish relevant research protocols, manage and conduct experiments, analyze data, interpret the results and prepare a manuscript detailing the contents of the project.

Genetic Counseling and Clinical Research Unit
This is a combined program composed by the Genetic Counseling and Clinical Research Units. In either unit, the mission is to train genetic counselors and clinical research coordinators who are intellectually capable, well-versed, and can lead future initiatives in frontier medicine. Graduates will serve as an interface between novel medical/therapeutic techniques, and their beneficiaries (patients, families, and research subjects). Through a combination of traditional classroom instruction and practical training, graduates of the Genetic Counseling and Clinical Research Units will have acquired the knowledge and skills required to successfully negotiate the Certified Genetic Counselor examination and Clinical Coordinator certification examination (administered by the Japan Clinical Pharmacology Association), respectively.

The doctoral (PhD) degree program offered under the School of Public Health is designed to provide training in all essential subject areas and technical skills, and strengthens the mental fortitude of degree candidates who seek a future in Public Health. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to detect, evaluate, analyze and problem-solve the many public health issues that threaten the health of society’s key component—the individual. The expectations that society has of Public Health professionals are high. Therefore, the PhD curriculum is content in offering advanced education and training initiatives in public health that will make its graduates competitive on the global arena. PhD candidates who did not complete the professional degree program offered at the Kyoto University School of Public Health, are obligated to complete coursework in the core subject areas (epidemiology, medical statistics, environmental science, administration/management, and social science). PhD candidates with no background in medicine will also be required to complete courses in basic medicine and clinical medicine in order to ensure the high standard of quality that graduates of Kyoto University are synonymous for.


Curriculum in School of Human Health Science

To ensure that generations to come will have open access to high quality public health, medical care, and welfare in Japan, we proposed the creation of a new scientific field called Human Health Sciences.

The MS program at the School of Human Health Science aims to push forward the momentum of advanced frontier medicine, and seeks to secure a solid foundation of healthcare, welfare and social insurance for future generations. Additionally, the School of Human Health Science logically defines the concept of “health” it strives to pursue for future generations, and provides extensive training and education in order to fulfill this goal. The MS program offers courses in Nursing Science, Laboratory Analysis and Rehabilitation Science. In either course, MS candidates will be expected to meet the highest standards of professionalism and demonstrate a high degree of knowledge in Human Health Science. Through diverse curricula, the MS course hopes to develop researchers who can bridge the gap between basic and clinical medicine, and can establish cooperative projects with laboratories representing various academic disciplines in the hopes of making unprecedented progress in the unexplored reaches of human health science.

The PhD program at the School of Human Health Science was established for the humble purpose of nurturing professionals who can promote the concept of genuine health, establish a theoretical foundation for research in the field of Human Health Sciences, and apply this theoretical foundation into actual practice to overcome the constant threat of disease. In order to assume a central role in the field of human health sciences, a PhD candidate must not only be proficient in his/her domain of expertise, but must also possess administrative and managerial skills in a variety of disciplines. To this end, the Merger Unit for Future Human Health Sciences—consisting of an orchestra of researchers representing the fields of medicine, engineering, pharmacology, the natural sciences, social studies, and the humanities—was established in order to promote novel theories and practices for physical and psychological diagnosis, patient treatment, and the sustenance of daily health. PhD candidates will be provided with ample training and education that will enable them to become future leaders in the constantly evolving field of Human Health Science.