Features of the Course for Health Care Management

Objectives of this course

Today's health, medical and welfare institutions and related businesses are required to provide quality services in an efficient manner. At the same time, they are also asked to coordinate and integrate services that are finely tuned to the needs of individuals. The purpose of this course is to train people able to research, plan and implement the management that will achieve these goals.

Our purpose is to train people who will be at the forefront of management not only at hospitals, but also at nursing-care facilities, welfare facilities, and private companies related to these areas.

Student backgrounds

This Course accepts graduates of Keio University and many other universities. Indeed, non-Keio graduates account for 69.8% of all admitted students (average for the past six years). Some entrants have graduated from universities in the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan and other countries.

Likewise, entrants come from many different academic backgrounds. This Course admits students with non-medical backgrounds (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities) in addition to those who have studied medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and nursing science.

Traditional practice in Japan has been to educate doctors, nurses and pharmacists in closed, siloed programs, and this has created difficulties in healthcare management, with different healthcare professions themselves lacking a common language and conceptual framework. An interdisciplinary environment that brings together students from a wide range of backgrounds is therefore optimum for healthcare management education.

New graduates and returning students (people with professional experience)

This course accepts both new graduates and returning students. Returning students account for 72.9% of all admitted students (average over the past six years). Many returning students have worked professionally in the health, medicine and welfare areas as doctors, dentists, pharmacists and nurses, but many others are certified public accountants, tax accountants, and managers or employees at non-medical companies and public institutions. Some of our returning students resign from their jobs or take leaves of absence to further their studies, but many, with the support of their employers, coordinate their working hours to enable studies to be completed while retaining their positions.