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Message from the Dean/History


Message from the Dean/History

Welcome to the Nihon University School of Dentistry website!


Message from the Dean

Training socially conscious dentists who have mastered the discipline of self-creation

Japan’s declining birth rate in the context of an aging populace has ushered in a super-aged society of globally unprecedented scale. According to the results of the National Survey of Dental Diseases (Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare 2016),
whereas the number of cavities among children is declining, the number of people reaching the age of 80 with 20 or more teeth
(known as “eighty-twenties” or hachimaruniimaru) is steadily rising, having

Kazuya HONDA, Dean of Dentistry

finally surpassed the 50% mark.Against this backdrop, dentistry of the near future will be called upon to contribute to enriching and safeguarding the lives and the quality of life of the nation. This can be made possible by maintaining and improving oral function under a holistic model of medicine at all life stages, from infancy to old age, and by strengthening the model’s character as a life science in addition to conventional oral science.
To meet this call, the School of Dentistry has formulated a unified six-year curriculum based on the educational philosophy of “medical dentistry” advocated by our founder, Dr. Kazuo SAT?. Today, we maintain educational excellence as we train personnel to meet the expectations of the nation’s populace. Specifically, we are engaged in the educational practice of training dentists with practical and clinical capabilities to address a diverse spectrum of needs that includes compliance with ethics and medical safety, team-based medicine, comprehensive community care systems, and a society of healthy longevity.
The Educational Charter of Nihon University advocates “the capacity to understand and communicate the national characteristics of Japan,” “the ability to accept diverse values and recognize one’s own position and role,” and “a spirit of contributing to society” as the three features of the “Nihon University Mind.” The charter regards training students who have mastered the three elements of “self-creation”?“self-study,” “self-reflection,” and “self-advancement”?as the way to equip such minds. In order to realize this mission at the School of Dentistry, we have introduced “The Foundations of Self-Creation” as a first-year undergraduate education course open to all students at Nihon University ahead of other faculties. In addition, since 2015, we have revised a part of our curriculum by setting a dental science integrated practicum in each year of the program to motivate students’ desire for further study. We are thus working to enhance our educational ability in an effort to train socially conscious dentists and become the most education-oriented dental school in Japan. In addition, adhering faithfully to the Japanese tradition of bunbu ry?d??achieving mastery in the literary as well as the martial arts?we also recommend that our students actively participate in extracurricular activities, with a focus on club activities.
Having marked our centennial anniversary in 2016, we are highly regarded in the field of dental medicine as a longstanding school of dentistry with a long and continuing tradition of producing graduates who have contributed to Japanese medicine. It is my heartfelt pleasure to welcome everyone with a strong motivation to study dental medicine at the Nihon University School of Dentistry in order to contribute to the health and longevity of the nation through dental medicine.

History

Founder Dr. Kazuo Sato

In 1916, Dr. Kazuo Sato founded the School of Dentistry under the name “Toyo Shika Igakko” (Toyo Dental School). At that time in Japanese dentistry, technique was overemphasized, and the incorporation of knowledge of basic medicine was limited. Dr. Sato, therefore, formulated the educational philosophy of “medical dentistry,” a remarkably pioneering concept for its time. He stressed the importance of systematic dental study that considered the condition of the mouth and teeth in the context of the entire body. This philosophy became the basis for dental education in Japan.

Having inherited its founder’s philosophy, the School of Dentistry will continue to develop its traditions and will provide an education based on a constantly improving curriculum, with the goal of cultivating dentists who are capable of responding appropriately to the needs of advanced dental medicine in the 21st century.