Faculty of Welfare and Health Sciences
The Faculty of Welfare and Health Sciences seeks to develop and promote an “Integrated Community Care System” that will enable everyone to live to one’s full potential in a safe and secure society. The faculty is composed of three specialized tracks: physical therapy, psychology, and social welfare practice.
The physical therapy track is focused on promoting the health of the body. The psychology track is focused on promoting the health of the mind. The social welfare practice track is focused on promoting the welfare of the society. In addition, the Faculty of Welfare and Health Sciences seeks to educate specialists who can work across disciplinary boundaries to provide comprehensive care and support. To this end, classes are offered to train students in practical leadership and management skills.
Classes are also offered where students in each area of specialty will learn the other specialties. Furthermore, students take PBL tutorial courses to learn practical and clinical skills of case management, so that they will be able to practice their specialties as part of a health care and social service support team.
Physical Therapy Track
Rehabilitation has the goal of restoring patients’ functionality, and helping each patient return to the highest possible level of participation in society. Students in the physical therapy track study not only therapeutic techniques, but also the vital knowledge of human biosciences such as physiology and pathology that will enable them to work in multidisciplinary settings.
Social Welfare Practice Track
At present there is increasing social demand for the development of a system to provide consultation and support services for people in need, both at home and in society. Students in the social welfare practice track learn how to evaluate the needs of people requiring assistance and to connect them with the support services appropriate to their situation. They also learn the social security system, the organization of regional society, leadership, and basic medical knowledge.
As modern society changes, new psychological problems arise. Psychology professionals are in demand from a variety of fields such as education, development, medicine, insurance, welfare, law, corrections, and industry. Students in the psychology track study such specialized areas as psychophysiology, rehabilitation psychology, clinical psychology of aging, and criminal psychology. In addition, they will learn to integrate these specialties and practice psychology in multidisciplinary and diverse settings.