Message from the chairperson of Department


Chairperson of the Human Health Sciences Division of Medicine,
Prof. Souichi Adachi M.D., Ph.D.


The Department of Human Health Science, Faculty of Medicine, Kyoto University, has more than a hundred years of history with its origin dating back to 1899. Since then, the Department of Human Health Science has cultivated medical workers such as nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and clinical technicians who hold national qualifications. Through the COVID-19 pandemic we reaffirm the importance of medical workers. We have reorganized our three courses of Advanced Nursing Sciences, Advanced Rehabilitation Sciences and Multidisciplinary Medical Sciences that aim to educate the top level of medical workers and medical researchers as we adjust to medical progress and changing times.

We have strengthened our programs throughout this transformational time and these programs provide all students opportunities to grow their skills efficiently as a person will be working in medical sciences and medical treatments in the future. You will learn from world-leading professors at the department of Human Health Sciences who have wide and very unique research areas in the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University Hospital, the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, and the Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences, Kyoto University. It is my hope that students will establish a strong foundation of knowledge during undergraduate study, and step forward to Masters and PhD programs to further expand and deepen one’s specialization to be medical workers who will lead advanced medical treatments or be world pinnacle researchers.
We have decided to increase the capacity of Master and PhD students from this year’s entrance exam. We will accept 70 Master’s students and 25 PhD students and I hope this will be good news to those who are considering entering the Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University.

The undergraduate entrance examination is conducted as a single department, not by course.
Students can choose the course that suits them best as they take fundamental medical courses. However, if students have a clear intention to become a nurse, physical therapist, or occupational therapist before enrollment, it is possible to enter the course of your choice by taking a special entrance examination. In the Multidisciplinary Medical Sciences course, students can also engage in research at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application and many other laboratories in the Graduate School of Medicine by being assigned to a laboratory in their fourth year.

The most important mission of the Department of Human Health Science is to nurture world-leading medical professionals and medical researchers with the respect for freedom that Kyoto University is renowned for. We believe that students who have completed the integrated undergraduate and graduate education programs will be able to digest knowledge in their own way and become medical professionals who will be responsible for advanced medicine. In addition to working actively in a profession, I hope that they will be involved in clinical research to deliver new drugs and medical devices, and in medical administration. I also believe that Kyoto University plays an important role in producing faculty members who will go on to work at medical universities across the country. I hope that our students will become leaders in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and clinical laboratory technicians.
There are still many patients suffering from diseases that are difficult to diagnose and treat adequately with current medical care. I hope that our medical researchers will be able to find the truth in chaos with their free ideas and become pioneers of new medical fields. Finally, it is my hope that students who learn medicine and develop their scientific thinking skills at Kyoto University will be at the forefront of medical professionals and medical researchers who practice and develop medicine as a comprehensive human science that goes beyond biological science.

16th January. 2021