Faculty of Medicine

A memorial to Emeritus Professor NAKATA Tokurou(1884-1952), a founder of the School of Medicine. He was the first President of Tokushima University.


The Faculty of Medicine consists of three Schools: Medicine, Medical Nutrition and Health Sciences. The School of Medicine comprises eleven divisions which integrate basic medicine and clinical medicine in order to train medical doctors and researchers who contribute to the development of medicine and medical treatment. The Faculty of Medicine of Tokushima University is the only national university with a School of Medical Nutrition. The School has trained leading nutrition scientists as well as practicing nutritionists who contribute to the advancement of health with a focus on nutrition.

The School of Health Sciences trains nurses, clinical radiology technologists and clinical laboratory technologists with expert knowledge and skills, offers education in medical skills, and fosters researchers.



School of Medicine

Clinical Clerkship

Clinical training room
(Clinical Skills Laboratory)

Objective Structured
Clinical Examination(OSCE)

Tokushima Prefectural Medical College was established in 1943 supported by the earnest desire of the community for medical doctors in the island of Shikoku. In accordance with extensive reforms of the Japanese educational system after World War II , the College was incorporated into the newly established University of Tokushima School of Medicine in 1979.

Since then, the School has been developing steadily to provide excellence and leadership in medical education, research and service. The School was the only medical school in Shikoku until 1973.

The School of Medicine admits 114 undergraduate students annually and offers a six-year education program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Medicine. The curriculum covers a wide area of basic and clinical medicine in addition to the university-wide programs of general education. The School is closely linked to our principal teaching hospital, Tokushima University Hospital, which is the largest hospital (696 beds) in Tokushima, equipped with modern facilities for diagnosis and treatment.


School of Medical Nutrition

In view of the importance of nutrition in promoting health, the former Japanese Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health decided to establish a center for education and research in nutrition science in the national university system. Tokushima University was chosen to be the site of the new School of Nutrition in 1964. Since then, the School has trained many leading nutrition scientists as well as practicing nutritionists. The School is now recognized as the leading institution in nutritional science in Japan.

The School of Nutrition admits 50 undergraduate students annually and offers a four-year education program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. In 2014, the School of Nutrition reached the 50th anniversary from the foundation. We also reorganized it from “the School of Nutrition” to “the School of Medical Nutrition”. We would like to grow up nutritional scientists or clinical dietician on the issues based on medical field. Then, the School set up a new department, named “Department of Nutritional Therapy”.

Now the School has eight departments with specialties ranging from molecular nutrition to clinical and public health nutrition. Students receive training in clinical nutrition in association with the University Hospital.


School of Health Sciences

Nursing students practicing basic
procedures in nursing arts

Students tarining for CT

Students examining human tissues
with microscopes

On October 1, 2001, the Junior College of School of Medical Sciences was incorporated into the Faculty of Medicine. The School of Health Sciences aims to train future staff who can support advanced and specialized medical treatment, according to the needs of national health, medical care and welfare. The School of Health Sciences, comprising three majors in Nursing, Radiologic Science, and Laboratory Science, admits 124 undergraduate students annually and offers a four-year education program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Nursing or Health Science.

The Major in Nursing includes departments of Fundamental Nursing, Adult & Gerontological Nursing, Maternal & Pediatric Nursing, and Community & Psychiatric Nursing. The Major in Radiologic Science has departments of Radiologic Science & Engineering and Radiologic Technology. The Major in Laboratory Science has departments of Functional Laboratory Science and Morphological Laboratory Science. The School provides basic and clinical courses in each specialty in addition to university-wide programs of general education.