Greetings from the Dean
In 2009, when four years passed after the establishment of the Faculty of Sports and Health Science, the Graduate School of Sports and Health Science started as a graduate school in the fields of sports and medical care merged together. Based on the idea of "developing individuals who contribute to promoting health through sports and individuals who contribute to scientifically studying health promotion in medical care and health," this graduate school aims to "produce teachers with a broad perspective and high-level techniques and skills who have senshuu-menkyo jo (a specialized teacher's license that requires a master's degree), specialized instructors in their respective fields, and professionals, by offering the Sports and Health Science Master's Program that provides the sports-related major and the health-related major to conduct cross-sectional or interdisciplinary education and research regarding sports, physical activities, health, and medical care."
The candidates for the instructing staff of our graduate school then were selected from those who graduated from the Faculty of Sports and Health Science and went through the screening of teacher qualification by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Eight qualified candidates became instructing staff members in the sports major, and six qualified candidates became instructing staff members in the health major. The 1st graduating class had 19 students in total, consisting of 11 students in the sports major, and 8 students in the health major. For seven years since this graduate school was established, as many as 86 students have been admitted to date. The research results of our graduate students have been published by the academic societies inside and outside Japan that we belong to. Also, it has become not uncommon for research results to receive a prize from an academic society, or to be contributed to and accepted by an academic journal in Japan or international science journal. After completing the master's program, graduates were continuing their study by going on to a doctor's program in a national or private university, or actively working as a leader in a field such a field as sports, medical care, and health, as a university teacher, and as a teacher with senshuu-menkyo jo (a specialized teacher's license that requires a master's degree).
Japan is now faced with issues arising due to a stressful society as well as an aging society with fewer children, and has become a hotbed of stress-related disorders such as lifestyle diseases, metabolic syndrome, neurodegenerative diseases, and adjustment disorders. Therefore, we are convinced that sports medicine, sports activities, and research and education related to medical care and health promotion are very important, and that the Graduate School of Sports and Health Science is a graduate school demanded by society and expected to improve the quality of the health lives of Japanese people.
The mission of our graduate school is to admit excellent students graduating from the two departments of the Faculty of Sports and Medical Science, graduates actively working in the areas of sports and medical care, international students from Asian countries, and working adults, and develop and produce individuals as researchers and educators who can be accepted at the scenes of research and education in their respective specialized areas. From now on, as an authority in academic societies inside and outside Japan and in the areas of sports, and with the instructing staff who make great contributions to higher education activities working very hard together, we would like to further endeavor to build a higher-level graduate school education and research environment.