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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

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Chiba Prefectural University of Health Sciences is an up and coming public university, constantly adapting to the changing issues in the field of health sciences. Chiba Prefectural University was established in April 2009 as a result of the groundbreaking merger of the long - established Chiba College of Health and Science with the former Chiba Prefectural College of Allied Medical Sciences. The current four-year undergraduate university has since celebrated six classes of outstanding students, boasting an enrollment of 740 students at its two fully-equipped campuses.

 

We are committed to foster skilled professionals to promote the health and well-being in the communities we serve. In addition, we aim to foster those who have mastered professional knowledge and the highest level of trained skills. We value nurturing well-rounded individuals to become the best human resources in the field, with an ethical standard prepared to adapt and actively contribute to the healthcare system in a changing global atmosphere. Our selective program only admits 190 students per year, including 10 candidates to the third year of the Nursing Department.

Chiba Prefecture is undergoing a drastic demographic shift resulting in a rapid growth in the aging population. However, the number of healthcare workers trained to cater to local demands is insufficient. The university is committed to providing a service to the community by countering the healthcare labor shortage with the highest level of care possible. In 2025, when the post-war baby boomers reach the age of 75, nearly 20 percent of the population will be over 75 years old. We see it as part of our mission to play a significant role in educating and training skilled professionals to promote health and continued care to the elderly.

In an aging society, the long practice of cure-centered medicine, aiming to treat and cure patients at hospitals will shift to a care-centered medicine, supporting patients with long-term or chronic diseases, who are in alternative facilities or at home rather than the traditional medical institution. Our students are the future of these new medical and care-giving challenges. We believe that they will be responsible and dependable in their mission to support the aging communities they serve, providing the highest level of care in treating their chronic illnesses. Our graduates will exercise their training in critical thinking and problem solving skills while demonstrating their freedom of idea exchange in order to thoughtfully address patients’ individual physical and mental needs.

The university curriculum is challenging, with a heavy workload covering a multitude of topics and skills in order to reach a high academic standard. Upon completion of the course curriculum studies and practical training requirements at Chiba Prefectural University of Health Sciences, the graduates will gain confidence in their abilities and feel pride in their dedication to their field, and to the university. Finally, it is with confidence that I can state that I am quite certain that our students’ college life will be a wonderful experience, complete with fulfilling challenges as well as fond memories. The faculty and staff alike are willing and eager to support the students in achieving their goals of becoming full-fledged healthcare professionals.

President Masahiro Tanabe, MD, PhD

Biography

Dr. Masahiro Tanabe became the second president at Chiba Prefectural University of Health Sciences in April 2015. Previously President Tanabe served as Professor of the Department of Medicine, Chiba University, where he was a leader in medical education and known for introducing competency-based curriculum. A graduate of Chiba University, he earned both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Chiba University School of Medicine. Dr. Tanabe is a pediatric surgeon.