About the Graduate School

Vision and Guiding Principles

Towards a World-Leading Center of Excellence for Medical Studies and Research

We aim to develop the research capability of our researchers and offer them comprehensive medical knowledge so that they can engage in research activities independently. We strive to foster extensively knowledgeable health care specialists with a flexible and methodical mind. We aim to train scientists and doctors who can meet present health care needs in the specialized field of nursing, as well as embrace the development of science. In addition, we endeavor to nurture scientists who are able to provide 21st Century intellectual leadership in the fields of Nursing and Medical Technology and Science.

We Pride Ourselves on Educating 21st Century Experts in Medical Science and Medical Care.

The Medical Science Department comprises the School of Medicine and the School of Allied Health Medicine. Whilst the School of Medicine offers 6-year courses for future doctors, the School of Allied Health Medicine provides 4-year curricula in nursing, radiological technology and biomedical engineering as well as laboratory sciences for prospective nurses, public health nurses, midwives, radiology technicians and laboratory medical technologists.

Our medical school produces highly competent doctors who are able to diagnose and treat patients accurately. Current EBM (Evidence Based Medicine) medical treatments require for medical acts to be based on explicit and judicious scientific evidence. Therefore, it is essential to train doctors in fundamental knowledge and technology. A large number of active experienced clinicians and worldwide medical researchers allow our School of Medicine to offer students not only fundamental knowledge but also the opportunity to learn cutting edge knowledge and technology. Furthermore, we are developing a state of the art hospital where our students can practice cutting edge medicine.

Among national universities, Osaka University School of Medicine is the first to include a course in “Medical Ethics” into its curriculum. This reflects the views of the School of Medicine that patient-doctor relationships and treatment ethics are essential elements of medical education.

The School of Allied Health Sciences is committed to training highly competent nurses, radiology technicians and laboratory medical technologists. In this respect, we value a dedicated research attitude. In the fields of health care and nursing we tackle such issues as anti-smoking measures and nursing for the elderly essential to building a healthy society. Furthermore, care for patients who have life-threatening illnesses and for patients who are terminally ill has also become the object of extensive research. In the fields of medical technology and science, examination methods that are less demanding on the body and effective radiation therapy with shorter exposition are needed.

Promoting “Medical Care Team” has become essential to 21st century medical practice. That is why the School of Allied Health Sciences devotes itself to training medical technologists and nurses who are able to work side by side with doctors. The ageing of society over coming decades and our limited medical resources require us to look into how to dispense safe and high quality treatments. Additionally, the School of Allied Health Sciences pioneers “Clinical Training” in Japan giving students an opportunity to train in wards and main hospital departments. Students are offered a chance to partner with patients and learn about how their field of study is involved in patient treatments. “Clinical Training” also allows students to familiarize themselves with the role played by other experts in medical professional jobs with regards to patients.

World-Leading Pioneering Research

Our Graduate School of Medicine produces numerous world-acclaimed research results, as well as outstanding researchers. In addition to an exceptional number of Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research being awarded to our students by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and the number of contract research, joint research and donation for research and education from private companies accorded to our students being among the highest in Japan, our students are also among those who produce the largest number of published papers in Japan and submit a substantial number of papers to renowned scientific magazines. Furthermore, three of our research fields have already been selected to participate in the COE (Center of Excellence) established by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to promote learning research basis. Besides these research projects, other mid-term research plans are currently being pursued, thus consolidating the evidence of our involvement in advanced research.

A close relationship between the economy and community of Osaka and the Medical Department is necessary to sustain rapid progress of the Medical Graduate Course. Therefore, we are taking steps to further disclose the results of our studies and medical technology development achieved in our Graduate School to the public.

Responding to Globalization

Our Graduate School of Medicine is particularly proud of its cutting edge research in such fields of study as immunology, molecule cell biology, molecular genetics, infectious diseases science, and gene therapy science. Therefore, we actively invite foreign researchers, promote joint research and call for foreign students to come and study at our facilities. Furthermore, in the spirit of academic exchanges and international collaboration, we participate and actively promote international people exchanges. We especially like to welcome foreign researchers under joint research programs with overseas universities and institutions.