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Department of Clinical Dietetics and Human Nutrition, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Department of Clinical Dietetics and Human Nutrition (4 year program), Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Sakado Campus)

Training future registered dietitians with pharmaceutical skills and knowledge

In the first specialized course of its kind in Japan, students at Department of Clinical Dietetics and Human Nutrition, the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences study clinical dietetics and human nutrition, defined as understanding the role of nutrition for human health based on the biosciences. (This is different from the household and farming perspectives.) As well as the required subjects of drugs and drug therapy, students also acquire more specialized knowledge of drug therapies. Other required subjects are nursing practice and counseling practice to be able to provide appropriate nutritional guidance to patients and to cooperate with other medical staff. The curriculum is, of course, enhanced with related studies in clinical nutrition.

Pass rate in the national exam for registered dietitians
Average 95% (Success rates for graduates over ten years)

Department of Clinical Dietetics and Human Nutrition

Studying at the Department of Clinical Dietetics and Human Nutrition

Since the department is located within the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, students get a thorough grounding in Pharmaceuticals as well as Food and Nutrition. Since many patients take medication, it is important  for dietitians to understand drugs. The foundation courses provide students with a good grounding in biology and chemistry, which is then linked to specialized and integrated courses for students to acquire knowledge and skills that will serve them well at hospitals and pharmacies in the future.

Course outline and goals

[Foundation courses]

Basic subjects (English, Freshman Seminar: Exercises)
Hygiene • Public Health Nutrition
Basic Healthcare and Nutrition
Related subjects

Comprehensive Clinical Nutrition I

[Specialized courses]
Clinical Nutrition (including practical work)

[Integrated courses]
Comprehensive Clinical Nutrition II (including graduation research)

[Goals]
Registered dietitians with the awareness and training of a medical professional
Registered dietitians capable of customized nutrition management
Registered dietitians capable of contributing to community care and welfare
Registered dietitians who understand the causes of illness and pathology
Registered dietitians who understand functional foods and nutrition
Registered dietitians who understand the interaction between drugs and food

Training skilled dietitians for hospitals and nursing facilities, pharmacies and drugstores

Utilizing their knowledge of clinical dietetics and human nutrition acquired through original coursework at the department, many graduates are employed by hospitals, pharmacies and drugstores, or at nursing and child welfare facilities, or other occupations in the healthcare system. In addition to employment at food manufacturers, at meal service providers, and as public health workers, many students also continue to graduate school. In the future, we expect more employment at hospitals in line with the increasing appreciation of graduates of clinical dietetics and human nutrition in the medical setting.