Course of Health Care and Sports

Professor Akira Kiuchi, Course Chair, Course of Health Care and Sports

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

As you may know, health care and sports science covers wide areas of research. In terms of the category used when the Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology is provided, the academic discipline is roughly categorized into the three fields: applied health science, sports science, and physical and health education. However, a wide variety of methodologies required to the discipline includes those used in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. In the areas of natural science, the Course covers histology and anatomy, which focus on the structure and function of the human body. It also covers physiology, biochemistry, exercise physiology, conditioning and training which involve the health management of athletes, as well as other science areas. The areas of social science we cover include health sociology, which views health in light of a social phenomenon, and information sociology, which treats information on the basis of sociology. In the humanities, students engage in research and education related to health and sports by making use of methodologies and subjects from sociology, history, cultural anthropology and other sciences. Therefore, this single Course actually covers a wide range of academic areas.

This cross-disciplinary science requires various perspectives and research approaches about health and sports. For instance, academics may hesitate to include the growingly popular esports as a sports in from the perspective of natural sciences such as exercise physiology. This is because esports is strongly related to digital concepts instead of physical activities, whereas sports are considered analogue activities via our own body. However, viewed as a socio-cultural phenomenon, esports is definitely a kind of sport. It has players compete and enjoy themselves, influencing significantly economic activities and lifestyles. For this reason, the analysis of various modern sports phenomena requires different approaches, depending on the field within the area of health care and sports science. Therefore, discussing health and sports necessitates an understanding of research paradigms in various specialized fields, as opposed to a one-sided view. To this end, the Course offers classes that develop the ability to comprehensively understand health and sports. One example is the “Comprehensive Seminar on Health Care and Sport,” which provides lectures across a wide range of academic ideas. We are also striving to improve a number of specialized courses, as well as research advising, which allows students to pursue their own specialties in great depth. The Course improves the academic and practical skills of students. It trains specialized professionals, as well as the researchers who support them.

Health care and sports science has made great strides since the 20th century. As the academic discipline is still advancing day by day and continues to expand its area into every academic field, the discipline cannot be learned in undergraduate education alone. We would like you to develop a career as a specialized professional at the graduate school—a higher stage of education.

Summary and additional details on the Course

Students will conduct research after selecting a specialized field from among experimental research focusing on humans and animals; survey research using epidemiology and other methodologies; applied research focusing on children, the elderly, people with disabilities and athletes; and teaching research, which focuses on the classroom. The Course aims at cultivating human resources that contribute to improving people’s QOL and extending the healthy life expectancy by leveraging their expertise in healthcare industries, sports-related companies, government facilities and other organizations.

Admission Capacity: 10 students (Master’s Program)
Lecture Times: Daytime and evening courses (Lectures held mainly in the daytime.)
Campus: Akabanedai
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