The graduate school curriculum for earning a degree and the program to produce experts who can design and implement solutions for issues involved in One Health (professionals with knowledge and technological expertise) are comprised of four modules.
1.Graduate school curriculum
This curriculum is comprised of two modules for earning a degree.
- The degrees to be awarded are a PhD in infectious disease and a PhD in veterinary medicine
- The subjects to be taken vary depending on the desired degree.
- Students who have studied designated graduate school subjects and passed an accreditation test are certified as zoonosis control experts, chemical hazard control experts and integrated clinical experts.
1-1) Schooling Module
Module to form a cross-disciplinary perspective and an interdisciplinary and specialized academic foundation that are necessary for One Health
First year: Interdisciplinary Frame I
- Academic English(compulsory): English training by a native English-speaking Specially Appointed Instructor belonging to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. A variety of classes are provided depending on the skills and needs of students. Custom-made follow-up classes are also available.
- Research Ethics Exercise (compulsory): Students deepen their understanding of research ethics as researchers and workers in society.
- Veterinary Medicine and Infectious Disease Medicine Basic Subjects (elective): Subjects to form the interdisciplinary academic foundation, including the One Health Seminar
Second year: Specialized Frame I and Specialized Frame II
Subjects to strengthen expertise in important disciplines involved in One Health, including infections, chemical hazards, Zoobiquity, veterinary medicine and clinical practice (elective compulsory)
Third to fourth years: Internship
Overseas internship aimed at general training (compulsory). The internship allows students to not only undertake work experience but also reconfirm the expertise needed by society, helping them to develop an ability to see the whole picture from a higher point of view and raise their learning motivation.
1-2) Research Module
Module to build the lifelong foundation for expertise through experiments and research for writing a dissertation. The Quality Examination (QE) focusing on an oral exam to check the eligibility to submit a dissertation is conducted three times to ensure the quality of the degree and the transparency of the examination.
2.One Health Module
Module to deepen students’ understanding of One Health and cultivate a balanced international sense and ability to collaborate
- OH transferable skill training
Workshop to propose solutions for extensive issues involved in One Health in a group discussion style. This training aims to cultivate group skills, explanation capability, quick decision-making capacity and an ability to collaborate.
- OH collaborative training
The units of the Center for Diagnosis and Disease Control create an industry-academia-government team to provide courses in which students can experience supporting international organization activities, technical cooperation and needs assessment for development research, medicine-veterinary medicine collaboration activities promoting Zoobiquity, and practical regulatory research. Students also improve their ability to collaborate by participating in joint research projects organized by the center.
- OH on-site training
Students experience assisting developing countries through JICA, an epidemiological survey in overseas fields, joint research and other practical overseas activities. On-site experiences are expected to improve students’ communication skills, expand their perspective, and enhance their learning motivation.
3.Independence Module (student-led program)
Module to cultivate a sense of responsibility, planning and operating abilities and the momentum to undertake cross-disciplinary research.
- Progress – Students freely discuss their own research.
- Leasing Seminar – Students take responsibility for all steps of the program, from the selection of lecturers to the organization of a lecture meeting.
- SaSSOH – A cross-disciplinary international symposium jointly held by students and young faculty members
SaSSOH Sapporo Summer Symposium for One Health
An international symposium planned and implemented by students and young faculty members to cultivate students’ independence, communication skills and planning ability. This event allows students to learn cutting-edge knowledge from overseas guests who are leading experts in the One Health fields and to build a global network, and provides them with a training opportunity to play a role on the global stage. The symposium has been held once a year since 2013, and the Active Discussion Session and the Student Session were added at the fourth event to hold workshops to learn planning and operating abilities. The aim is to produce experts who can exercise their leadership at the site of a zoonosis or chemical hazard.