Program in English

A graduate program, "The Integrated Graduate Health and Life Sciences" offers an English-only program with the aim of equipping the future leaders with multiple professional skills by inviting young human resources and guiding them in progressive research.


Program Overview

This program is the English special graduate program offered by our newly integrated graduate health and life sciences schools of The University of Tokushima. These include the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nutrition, the Institute for Enzyme Research and the Institute for Genome Research. All these schools are concentrated in the Kuramoto Campus, one of the Japanese centers of excellence in bioscience research. Conceived as an interdisciplinary program, it is intended to the graduate students from both developing and developed countries and aimed at developing the capacity of students for research and education. The program is also aimed at equipping the future leaders with multiple professional skills including vision development, strategic thinking, communication skills and partnership building. Finally, it is expected that students of this program acquire enough interdisciplinary knowledge to develop high expertise to tackle both local and global health problems of the 21st century.


The program goal

The main goal of the present program is to train talented students as specialists in various disciplines of bioscience and enhance their capacity to serve as researchers, educators and managers not only their own countries but also the international community.

The objectives of the program are:


1.To contribute to the international society by developing the capacity of future leaders of health biosciences.

The core curriculum titled"International Communication Studies"is aimed at developing the students know-how in their respective fields and at strengthening their linguistic competence. The curriculum also includes the "International Cooperation Studies"based on a cooperative program with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Some subjects are taught by an expatriate teacher and the program encourages the enrollment of Japanese students to enhance their international communication competence.


2.To train multi-competent specialists

The multi-disciplinary core curriculum offers subjects of common interests to all graduate schools. Being completely taught in English, it is expected to produce specialists with high capacity and international competitiveness in research, education, and health care management.


3.To make students benefit from the unique features of the course

We offer an integrated interdisciplinary medical research program centered on "Food", especially functional nutritional research, food safety evaluation, preventive medicine, and oral care management. The program also features fields of herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.