Nurturing a new generation of professional and patient-focused pharmacists
Message from the Dean
Dean, Prof. Atsushi MITSUMOTO
Welcome to the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Josai International University (JIU). Our programs are designed to encourage students to act and think independently and understand both planning and management issues. As a supplement to the conventional pharmaceutical studies, students learn a wide range of additional subjects, such as nutrition, social welfare, nursing for maintenance and improvement of community health. The curriculum aims to equip students with the specialized skills and knowledge required to serve the needs of all patients.
Total healthcare for our community
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (4-year program) was established in 2004, and in 2006 we began a 6-year program which focuses on developing pharmacists who can contribute to community-based healthcare through drug therapy. Japan is one of the world's rapidly ageing societies, so healthcare providers such as pharmacists need to engage not only in medical treatment for patients, but also in healthcare management. Our program covers various health-related fields to achieve total healthcare practice.
A curriculum with inter-professional education
In our curriculum students acquire the knowledge of both fundamental pharmaceutical sciences and clinical pharmacy. In addition students learn about the ethics and culture needed by professionals in the medical and welfare services. The curriculum also boasts community-based education programs with inter-professional education/work (IPE/IPW). These aim to develop local area human networks by communicating information on beneficial resources in medical and welfare services. In each year of their studies, students participate in the IPE/IPW program and in the 4th year all students take the CBT/OSCE exam to facilitate participation in the 22-week pharmaceutical internship at hospitals and dispensing pharmacies.
Study basic and clinical pharmacy together with peers
The enjoyment of studying pharmaceutical sciences at JIU is enhanced by the campus's environment. At all stages of students' academic lives lectures, workshops and training are conducted in small, personalized groups. In this way collaboration, bonding and teamwork skills are enhanced. To complement this, students receive expert mentoring from professors in all aspects of their lives at university, from daily life to the best career paths.
Career opportunities and further study in pharmaceutical sciences
After graduating JIU most graduates start new lives in society as pharmacists in hospitals and community pharmacies. Some graduates also find positions as medical representatives in pharmaceutical companies. Alternatively, students who graduate from the undergraduate program can enter the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences four-year program which leads to a doctor's degree (Ph. D.) in the field of clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. The graduate school also specializes in pharmaco-epidemiology and pharmaceutical regulatory sciences.
Mr. Tatsuhiko SUZUKI
I am Tatsuhiko SUZUKI, I am working for Novo Nordisk Pharma Ltd, a global healthcare company in Japan. I made many experiences during my days at JIU, such as participating in overseas training at the University of California Riverside - a partner university of JIU - which was very inspiring and exciting. All the experiences in my days at JIU have become the basis for my life!
Mr. Yusuke NAKAGAWA
My name is Yusuke NAKAGAWA. I am working for the Pharmacy Department at the Kameda Medical Center. Recently, I've reaffirmed the significance of working on the team. As a specialist of medication treatment, I've worked cooperatively with medical doctors and other medical staff. Attending IPE/W classes in my JIU days was a very valuable experience for me!
Ms. Mika ISHIDA
I am Mika ISHIDA. I'm working as a community-pharmacist in SUGI Pharmacy Co., Ltd. In my days at JIU, I acquired a variety of knowledge and skills related to community healthcare. In my work I receive many health-related queries from patients every day and thanks to studying at JIU I am able to advise them about improving their diet, physical activity or other life style changes they need to be healthier.