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Spring Verdure Issue (May)


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Healthy lifestyle starting from Waseda University

As a university which is responsible for the health of our students, Waseda University is working to promote student health from the integrated perspective of exercise, diet, medicine and emotional care.

This article introduces activities for realizing a Waseda Healthy Campus which will provide information and motivate students to maintain and manage their own health from their time as university students and throughout their life after graduating.

Considering health from the perspectives of exercise, diet, medicine and emotional care

At Waseda University, courses related to health and medicine are incorporated into the curriculum of the School of Human Sciences (Department of Health Sciences and Social Welfare), the School of Advanced Science and Engineering (Department of Life Science and Medical Bioscience). Similarly, courses related to psychology and psychiatric medicine are included in the curriculum of the School of Letters, Arts and Science (Psychology Course) and the School of Education (Department of Education, Major in Education with Specialty in Educational Psychology). However, students in other undergraduate schools did not have an opportunity to systematically study health and medicine from the perspectives of the humanities/social sciences and life science.

Therefore, in April 2012, the Open Education Center established a Health and Medicine course which is available as a common academic minor throughout the entire university. We discussed the meaning and objective of this course with the course coordinator Professor Toshio Oshima (Faculty of Science and Engineering).

Professor Toshio Oshima
Faculty of Science and Engineering

Health and Medicine: An academic minor available throughout entire university

Seeking to cultivate health and medicine professionals who are capable of assessing problems held by modern society and proposing solutions

I'm sure that many people have an interest in health and medicine. Of course, we want to spend every day in good health. Some people may want to obtain future employment in the fields of health and medicine. Additionally, there are many health and medicine issues which are a familiar part of our daily life. For example, are health products really good for our bodies? Why does the medicine that we drank alleviate our symptoms? How does our health insurance system work and how is the amount that we pay at hospitals decided?

In addition to the aspect of bioscience, the field of health and medicine contains an aspect of the humanities and social sciences. There is a social need for professionals who possess knowledge in health and medicine that integrates the humanities and sciences. These professionals must be able to use a bird's-eye view to ascertain the problems of society and provide solutions. The aim of this academic minor is to cultivate this new type of health and medicine professionals through studying various aspects of health and medicine. To achieve this goal, in addition to lecture-based classes, students obtain a deeper knowledge of health and medicines through actual experiences and debates. We have started new classes such as "Medical Volunteer" and "Studying Health & Medicine through Debate." This academic minor targets students who are interested in health and medicine, or who are considering working in fields related to health or medicine in the future.

Core Classes

Studying Health & Medicine through Debate: Professor Yasuo Ikeda (Faculty of Science and Engineering), others

Two lectures are held by three instructors during the autumn semester in order to give students an understanding of issues related to health and medicine. Afterwards, during spring vacation, an overnight workshop is held to conduct a debate session between instructors and students. Reporters from the science/medicine departments of newspapers and professors from medical schools are invited to serve as instructors. Students are expected to develop solutions for issues related to health and medicine, and to develop the ability to communicate and debate using their own thoughts.

Medical Governance: Professor Koichi Suga (Faculty of Political Science and Economics), others

Students study governance for health and medicine for this 3-day intensive course held during summer vacation. Instructors explain general theory for the legal and economic aspects of medical policy, medical economics, medical management and medical treatment. Instructors also discuss issues of modern medicine from a variety of perspective. Students also acquire a deeper understanding of medical ethics. For example, students themselves consider and debate bioethics.

Bioscience Theory Medical Volunteer
Regional Medicine Theory Advanced Radiation Medical Engineering
Emotional & Physical Health Mental Health Management Theory
Frontline of Bioscience Introduction to Medicine (Tokyo Women's Medical University)
*Other elective courses available.

Kick-Off Symposium

Issues of Japanese medicine―For cultivation of professionals who support the future of medicine

On April 14th, a kick-off symposium for the university-wide shared academic minor "Health and Medicine" was held at the Center for Advanced Biomedical Sciences, Waseda University. Lectures on topics such as "Advanced Medicine and Legal Issues" were given by Waseda University professors who teach core courses. Also, an introduction of course enrollment in the Health and Medicine minor was given by Professor Oshima, coordinator of the academic major.

Health and Physical Education courses at the Open Education Center

Class in Japanese archery

The Open Education Center offers a lineup of more than 250 classes in health and physical education. Examples include courses in Competitive Sports, Health Sports and Sports Theory. In addition to actual sports classes which allow students to include the rich variety of Waseda sports such as rugby, baseball and soccer, the Health Sports class teach students how to lead a physically and emotionally healthy life through sports. Students are also taught to cultivate independence and social skills through sports, and can acquire systematic knowledge through sports theory which aims to promote health.

Also featured are a large number of unique classes such as rare practical classes in kabaddi, automobiles and yachts, as well as a Sports Volunteer class in which students shovel snow in regions with heavy snowfall. The classes encourage dynamic interaction between students from different undergraduate schools and grades.

Professor Toshio Oshima
Faculty of Science and Engineering

Completed the Doctoral Program at the University of Yamanashi Graduate School in 1990. Holds a PhD in medicine. Served as a Researcher in the flexible research system of the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry (Japan) from 1991, as a Visiting Fellow at NIH, HINDS (America) from 1993, and as Assistant Team Leader of the same center from 2004. Appointed as Professor at the Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering in 2007. His area of expertise is molecular neuroscience.