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Course of Health Care and Sports

Course of Health Care and Sports
Course Chair, Professor Satoshi Furukawa
健康スポーツ学専攻長 古川覚

Pursuing the Possibilities in Culture of Sports and Health Promotion for Improving the Quality of Life (QOL) in Society and for Extending Healthy Life Expectancy

Message from the Course Chair

Supporting Japan as it currently faces a decrease in the number of children, aging population, and declining population by improving the health of society through sports
At the Course of Health Care and Sports, we will investigate the phenomena of health and sports by drawing on the following disciplines: applied health science, sports science, and bodily education science. While enhancing academic expertise in each of the above disciplines, we will also collaborate with experts from different fields on research into improving the health of all people regardless of whether physically challenged, old or young, or male or female. While searching for ways to develop the culture of sports even further, we aim to cultivate professionals with a broad perspective who are able to apply professional expertise on the spot as well as researchers to support them.
In 2006, Japan’s fertility rate, which is based on the fertility rate of women aged from 15 to 49, recorded 1.26—the lowest ever. While it then increased to 1.45 in 2015, this is still far below the rate needed to maintain Japan’s population, which is somewhere between 2.07 and 2.08. The stagnant fertility rate is causing not only a decline in Japan’s population and number of children but also a sharp increase in its ratio of senior citizens.  In 2015, Japan recorded one of the world’s highest, with 26.7% of the population being citizens over the age of 65. With the increasing ratio of senior citizens, in FY 2015, Japan’s medical expenses totaled \ 41.5 trillion—about \ 1.5 trillion more than that of FY 2014. In addition to soaring medical costs, the increasing ratio of senior citizens causes an increase in expenditures for long-term care.  While the average life spans of Japanese men and women in 2013 were 80.21 and 86.61, respectively, the average healthy life expectancy (years without requiring external support in  everyday life) were 71.19 and 74.21, respectively. The difference between the average life spans and healthy life expectancy is therefore, the number of unhealthy years with limitations in everyday life, which for men accounted for 9.02 years and women 12.4 years of requiring nursing or medical care.
The major aim of the Course of Health Care and Sports is to cultivate people by applying various approaches to improving the QOL and extending the healthy life expectancy years of society. Students will be trained in a way to contribute to achieving the above aim by effectively applying their special expertise in areas of society including sports, fields related to health care, using governmental facilities, and education institutes. They will become able to do so by specializing in one of the following research methodologies to pursue studies in a relevant academic discipline: 1) experimental methodology to pursue anatomy & histology, exercise biochemistry, or exercise physiology; 2) survey methodology to pursue health promotion sciences, cultural anthropology, or health enhancement studies; and 3) applied methodology to pursue athletic training sciences, adapted sports studies, or aerobic dance exercise theoretical studies. The Course also offers the following two academic disciplines for students to specialize in: physical education sciences, and school health education.
We look forward to assisting you in pursuing research studies at the Course of Health Care and Sports so that you can put professional expertise into practice and help us achieve our aim of extending the healthy life expectancy years of society.

Summary and additional details on the Course

The Course of Health Care and Sports aims at cultivating people who can contribute to improving the QOL and extending the healthy life expectancy years of society by effectively applying professional expertise in areas of society including sports, fields related to health, and governmental facilities. The Course does this by assisting students to specialize in one of the following research methods and academic disciplines: 1) experimental methodology for disciplines focusing on humans and animals; 2) survey methodology for disciplines including epidemiology; 3) applied methodology for studies focusing on children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and athletes. The Course also offers academic disciplines within the field of teaching, which focus on studies into educational environments.

Admission Capacity: 10 students (Master’s Program)
Lecture Times: Daytime & evening courses (lectures held mainly in the daytime)
Campus: Asaka
Degree: Master of Health Care and Sports
Program Applicable for Education and Training Grant System: Master's Program

Faculty Members of the Course of Health Care and Sports (in Japanese)