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Educational Goals and our Three Policies

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Educational Goals

Under the four basic principles adhered to by Hokkaido University: Frontier Spirit, Global Perspectives, All-round Education, and Practical Learning, we aim to train students to become biomedical science and engineering professionals who can contribute to the sustainable development of human society with high-level specialty knowledge and an outstanding ethical perspective, and who can accommodate advancement and internationalization in developing medical technology and equipment with excellent knowledge and strong research abilities.

Admissions Policies (Policies of enrollment)

At the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering we expect students who have strong interests in and curiosity about "biomedical science and engineering" as well as in fields that form its basics (science, engineering, and medicine) equipped with the solid educational foundations required for studies here. The students are also assumed to have aspirations to sincerely devote themselves to research by utilizing the knowledge and skills they acquire here, and contribute to the sustainable development of human society as specialists in biomedical science and engineering. To screen students from among a wide range of international applicants who meet these requirements, we will hold an entrance examination comprised of a foreign language proficiency test, a written exam (student thesis) to evaluate basic knowledge of science and engineering, and an interview to evaluate research ability. This opportunity is mainly for students who have completed undergraduate education in medicine, health science, science, and engineering, as well as for persons in employment in medical institutions and organizations related to biomedical science and engineering fields.

Diploma Policies (policies for conferring degrees)

The ability that the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering expects to instill as our educational goal is the ability to communicate, to cooperate, and adjust the various problems emerging between different fields and industries. In addition to this, we have planned the following for the abilities to be developed during the Master's and Doctoral Programs: The Master's degree and the Ph.D. degree are awarded to students who have successfully acquired these abilities, earned the required credits, and passed an examination and screening of an academic dissertation.

1) Master's Program

  • ① Quantum Biomedical Science and Engineering Course

    Students must acquire a thorough knowledge of quantum biomedical science and engineering, which is an academic framework to apply basic radiation physics knowledge developed from quantum mechanics to medical science, and also acquire specialized knowledge and skills in radiation therapy, particle therapy, and novel medical equipment related to these therapies.

  • ② Molecular Biomedical Science and Engineering Course

    Students must acquire a thorough knowledge of molecular biomedical science and engineering, an academic framework to apply science and engineering for in vivo molecules to medical science. Students are also expected to acquire specialized knowledge and skills in molecular imaging diagnostics, molecular biology, and radiation biology.

2) Doctoral Program

  • ① Quantum Biomedical Science and Engineering Course

    Students must acquire ability to play internationally leading roles in the quantum biomedical science and engineering field. Students are also expected to obtain a comprehensive knowledge and outstanding skills in leading the development of new medical equipment and technologies related to radiation therapy and particle therapy.

  • ② Molecular Biomedical Science and Engineering Course

    Students must acquire ability to play internationally leading roles in the molecular biomedical science and engineering field. Students are also expected to obtain a comprehensive knowledge and high level skills in research and development of new molecular image diagnostic equipment and drugs, oncolytic virotherapy, and radiation sensitizers.

Curriculum Policies (Curriculum Planning and the policies implementing it)

In the biomedical science and engineering field specified in the Diploma Policies, the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering incorporates the Quantum Medical Science Course and the Molecular Medical Science and Engineering Course, and offers a curriculum with unique approaches to meet student interests and the needs of their future careers. Through these courses, we will train specialists who can apply radiation physics developed from quantum mechanics to medical science, as well as function as specialists who can apply science and engineering concepts for in vivo molecules to medical science needs.

1) Interdisciplinary Subjects / Course Work

  • ① We offer lectures in interdisciplinary subjects of medicine, science, and engineering where students can learn the basic knowledge and skills of science and engineering as well as of medicine, in addition to the basic knowledge of medical science and medical ethics ("Introduction for Cooperation in Biomedical Science and Engineering", "Research Planning for Biomedical Science and Engineering Research", and others).
  • ② Considering the diversity of student backgrounds, we integrate the course work for students to complete the learning tasks systematically across multiple subjects.

2) Global Perspectives

  • ① We conduct world leading intensive lectures in medical physics education and radiation biology education in cooperation with internationally renowned universities and others ("Medical Physics Schools", and "Radiation Biology Schools").
  • ② We offer subjects taught in English aiming at creating course work performed in English only ("Introduction for Cooperation in Biomedical Science and Engineering", "Research and Development of Medical Devices", "Advanced Course of Medical Device Clinical Research", "Particle Beam Medical Physics", "Physics and Engineering for Radiation Therapy", "Diagnostic Radiology for Biomedical Science and Engineering", Total 14 subjects).

3) Methods of Education and Research for Career Development

  • ① Each student is provided with research support through the collaboration of the science, engineering, and medicine faculties.
  • ② To train "Biomedical science and engineering" specialists who are able to apply science and engineering to the development of medical science, we have established Hokkaido University Hospital in-house training subjects for medical professionals and medical engineers who will play active roles in medical settings as medical physicists ("Clinical Medical Physics Training (Quality Assurance))", "Clinical Medical Physics Training (Proton/Image-guided Radiation Therapy))", "Clinical Medical Physics Training (Treatment Planning)").
  • ③ Through actual cases of innovative development of medical equipment collaborating with industry, we offer subjects to train technical experts able to conduct research and development of medical equipment, and handle the quality control aspects ("Research and Development of Medical Devices" and others).

4) Developing skilled specialists with broad outlooks

  • ① We provide subjects where students can acquire a comprehensive medical-related industry-academia-government knowledge, which is different from that of science, engineering, and biology, including the historical background to biomedical science and engineering, the importance of statistics grounded in the diversity of life, medical economics, and medical administration including the development of medical equipment ("Introduction for Cooperation in Biomedical Science and Engineering", "Research and Development of Medical Devices").
  • ② We also have subjects which will enable students to acquire the basic knowledge and viewpoints of physics, application of physics to medicine, such as radiation therapy, particle therapy, and nuclear medicine ("Physics for Biomedical Science and Engineering").

5) Developing specialized personnel with high ethical standards

  • ① We offer subjects which will develop high ethical standards and the ethical knowledge required to conduct research and development of medical technology and medical equipment such as the basic medical ethics which is required to engage in "research related to human beings", the guidelines of clinical research and conflict of interest and more ("Introduction for Cooperation in Biomedical Science and Engineering", "Advanced Course of Medical Device Clinical Research").
  • ② We offer subjects which will enable students to obtain specialized knowledge of medical robots among other kinds of medical equipment and develop the ethical understanding required to conduct such research. ("Biomedical Engineering II").
  • ③ Through the instruction related to the research, students who are considered to require further study in ethical knowledge by different faculties are advised to take further ethical subjects (including basic medical ethics and a variety of ethical guidelines (medical information, genetic analysis, animal testing, clinical research, epidemiological research, ethics of study, and ethics in research involving humans)) provided by other graduate schools in the University.