School of Medicine

School of Medicine  Annual Enrollment 105 / Period of Attendance 6years


Educational Purposes


  Approaching health and environments of working people through the eyes of medical science, occupational health physicians play extremely important roles for several reasons, including their support for the development and revitalization of industry. The School of Medicine trains occupational health physicians with rich humanity that enables them to consider medical science more deeply and from wider perspectives in industrial society.


◆ Diploma Policy


  The Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, the University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan, confers a graduation certificate in Medical Science on students who have: 1) understood the objectives and mission of the university, which “conducts educational research related to medical science, nursing science and other healthcare sciences, contributes to the promotion of these sciences that are elevant to the working environment and workers’ health, and develops medical professionals in these fields”; 2) acquired the knowledge, skills and attitude that are essential to a physician in the course terms or longer, as prescribed by the university; 3) acquired the qualities and abilities necessary to take a central leadership role in the research and practical fields of occupational health medicine; 4) completed the number of course hours required for graduation and receive the course completion certificate; 5) passed the comprehensive examinations and the Post-CC OSCE; and 6) developed a rich sense of human nature, ethics, and scientific ability, as explained below.



Human Nature, Medical Ethics and Professionalism

  Students will have cultivated a rich sense of human nature that is suitable to a physician, will recognize their responsibility to the profession, and will be able to contribute to society with a
sense of morality, responsibility and commitment.

   2 Medical Knowledge and Skills
  Students will have mastered the basic knowledge and skills related to basic medicine, social medicine and clinical medicine, in order to perform medical duties, and will be able to utilize such knowledge and skills for disease prevention, diagnostic treatment and medical research.
   3 Knowledge and Skills for Occupational Medicine
  Students will have understood both the mission of occupational medicine and the significance of occupational health, and will have acquired and be able to use specialized knowledge and skills required for a physician to take a central leadership role in the research fields of occupational medicine and in the practice of occupational health.

Appropriate Capability to Support Patients and Workers

  Students will have developed the mindset and attitude of a reliable physician, and will be able to respond appropriately to patients and workers, in mutual understanding, trustworthiness and full respect of their dignity and will. They will also have acquired specialized knowledge related to the support of both medical treatment and occupational life, and will be able to exercise appropriate and comprehensive judgment about disease prevention, diagnostic treatment and social reintegration.

   5 Scientific Inquiry and Problem-Solving Capability
  Students will have understood the significance of research in medical science and occupational health medicine, and will have acquired the scientific power of observation, thinking and expressiveness, a will to continue lifelong training, and problem-solving capabilities.
   6 Communication Ability
  Students will be able to establish good relations with patients, workers and other related people, appropriately exchange and share information, and give clear explanations. They will also be able to build a trusting relationship with other medical professionals and act as a member of medical teams.
   7 International Health
  Students will have developed an international perspective and will be able to contribute to international health in the field of occupational medicine in the future.




◆ Curriculum Policy


  The Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, the University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan, trains not only occupational health physicians with a rich sense of human nature and with a broad perspective to consider medical science in the industrial society, but also medical doctors who can contribute to the further development of occupational health and occupational medicine.
  To achieve these goals, we organize and implement the following educational curriculum that is composed of a medical education program that is consistent with the Model Core Curriculum in Undergraduate Medical Education, the occupational health education program that is unique to our university, humanities and social sciences, medical humanities, and a special biomedical research program.



The Courses in Basic Sciences
  These courses are designed to foster cultivated, highly ethical and humane students, and serve as a mediator between high-school education and university/medical education. They also give
opportunities to learn how to treat patients, and, through the early clinical exposure program, prepare the basic groundwork for the professionalism that will be required as a physician. They also offer medically-oriented English classes which will be essential for international physicians in the future.

   2 The Courses in Basic Biomedical Sciences
  These courses are designed to be integrated with each other as well as with courses in clinical medicine, to provide students with expertise required for clinical medicine, and to foster basic academic skills. The special biomedical research program gives students opportunities to cultivate various abilities such as scientific thinking, self-directed learning, problem solving, and scientific thinking and the scientific method, and to present their research findings.
   3 The Courses in Clinical Medical Sciences
  These courses are designed to have students learn the importance of mutual understanding with patients through lectures and practicums, to gain a systematic understanding of diseases and conditions, and to have basic knowledge, skills and attitude in clinical practice. Students in the upper years, who have experienced the early clinical exposure program annually since the first year, experience not only clinical practice at the university hospital, which is in collaboration with all the clinical departments, but also clinical clerkship at the university hospital and affiliated hospitals, in order to deepen their clinical knowledge and to acquire practical skills and clinical reasoning ability. They also have opportunities to experience clinical practice with foreign medical
students through a mutual exchange program, to broaden their international awareness.

The Courses in Occupational Medicine
  These courses are performed systematically and gradually from the first year to the sixth year to give students specialized knowledge and skills that are required for occupational health activities. Fifth-year students experience on-site training at plants and factories outside of the university under the direction of occupational health physicians, enabling them to acquire practical abilities for occupational health activities and thus to qualify as an occupational health physician before the start of their initial clinical training.

   5 Small-Group and Interactive Education
  Small classes to promote interactive education are actively implemented to foster students’ ability to solve problems, to think logically, and to communicate with others.
   6 Assessment of Academic Achievement
  A basic comprehensive examination is administered at then end of the first, second, and third years to evaluate student’s learning achievement in each grade. Common examinations (OSCE and CBT) are administered in the fourth year, a comprehensive examination (2) is administered in the fifth year, and an integrated lecture examination concerning semeiography plus comprehensive examinations (1 and 2) and Post-CC OSCE are administered in the sixth year.

◆ Curriculum



Academic Departments


Postgraduate Education