Health Sciences University of Hokkaido

About HSUH

A Message from the President

Masahiro Asaka

Masahiro Asaka, M.D., Ph.D.

Health Sciences University of Hokkaido was established on an educational ideal that aimed to combine knowledge, virtue, and physical well-being in 1974. We, “the northern base for fostering new health professionals”, are a medical based university devoted to the social mission of nurturing specialists for regional healthcare. Our university is comprised of six faculties and graduate schools, including the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Dentistry, School of Nursing & Social Services, School of Psychological Sciences, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, and School of Medical Technology, which was established in 2019. We also have a Dental Hygienist School affiliated with the School of Dentistry. We now have approximately 3,500 active students on our two campuses in Tobetsu and Ainosato. We also have a Sapporo Satellite Campus located near Sapporo station. The main campus is situated in the Tobetsu countryside and is set against a backdrop of rich green hills overlooking the vast Ishikari Plain. An up-to-date facility with modern equipment in such luxurious natural surroundings – – our university is indeed the ideal setting for higher education.

Today, universities face a strong demand for professionals to respond to the various needs of our society. Our university is highly regarded by the outside community and has received outstanding recommendations for its regional contributions among all medical based universities nationwide. These accolades could be earned because of the tireless efforts of our alumni, who number around 20,000. The superb environment provided by our university also encourages club or volunteer activities in addition to academic pursuits. Everything is so enjoyable here that what may seem at first like a long wait before the completion of a course or graduation, actually, goes by in the blink of an eye. As the President of this university, I bear the enormous responsibility of helping each student find his or her career path in the few years that they are enrolled here. Hokkaido is a splendid land, blessed with the beauties of the four seasons. By providing the best education in a land privileged by beauty, our students will find fulfillment in both academic and campus life, and this is what makes the Health Sciences University of Hokkaido a future Mecca for hopeful students, a place all medical based professionals will aspire to attend.

We would like to extend our warmest welcome to all aspiring experts to join the Health Sciences University of Hokkaido as we continue to thrive as “the northern base for fostering new health professionals.”

Masahiro Asaka, M.D., Ph.D.
President, Health Sciences University of Hokkaido


1974 Higashi-Nippon-Gakuen University, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
1978 School of Dentistry, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Master’s Program), Attachment of the Dental Hospital to School of Dentistry
1982 Center for Radioisotope Studies, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Doctoral Program)
1984 Dental Hygiene School
1985 Relocation of the General Education to Tobetsu
1986 Postgraduate Program for Pharmaceutical Sciences (1-Year Program), Sasaki Memorial Hall/HSUH Library
1988 Graduate School of Dentistry (Doctoral Program), Center for Experimental Animals
1990 Sapporo Medical Welfare School (Nursing/Care Workers), Institute of Medical Science, Medical and Dental Clinic
1991 Sapporo Medical Welfare School (Speech Therapists:3-Year Program)
1992 Sapporo Medical Welfare School (Speech Therapists:2-Year Program)
1993 School of Nursing and Social Services (Nursing/Social Work/Clinical Psychology)
1994 Change of name to Health Sciences University of Hokkaido. Accreditation by the Japanese University Accreditation Association. The Research Institute of Medical Science, Barato Educational Training Center, 20th Anniversary Memorial Hall
1996 Reorganization of the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Master’s Program in Clinical Pharmacy at the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Health Counseling and Assessment Center
1997 Graduate School of Nursing & Social Services (Master’s Program) (Nursing/Clinical Social Work and Clinical Psychology)
1998 Hoku-Iryo-U Network Information Center
1999 Graduate School of Nursing & Social Services (Doctoral Program) (Nursing/Clinical Social Work and Clinical Psychology)
2000 NICE (National and International Collaborative Extension) Center, Club House
2001 Sapporo Satellite Campus
2002 Research Institute of Personalized Health Sciences (Change of name to Research Institute of Health Sciences in 2017), School of Psychological Sciences. School of Nursing & Social Services
2003 Center of Clinical & Developmental Psychology (Change of name to Center for Counseling and Psychological Services in 2020)
2004 Closure of the Sapporo Medical Welfare School, Graduate School of Nursing & Social Services (Doctoral Program) (Clinical Social Work) (Clinical Psychology), Dental Health Plaza
2005 Professional Development Center for Nurses: Certified Expert Nurse Training Center. HSUH Hospital, Dental and Medical Clinic, Institute of Medical Science (Change of name to Institute of Preventive Medical Sciences in 2017)
2006 Abolition of the Postgraduate Program for Pharmaceutical Sciences. Graduate School of Psychological Sciences (Doctoral Program) (Communication Disorders), School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (6-Year Course)
2007 Center for Development in Higher Education (Change of name to Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences in 2019
2008 Teacher Training Course (Clinical Social Work)
2009 Research Center of Northern Traditional Medicines
2010 Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (Master’s Program) (Division of Life Sciences)
2012 Graduate School of Pharmaceut ical Sciences (Doctoral Program) (Pharmaceutical Sciences)
2013 School of Rehabilitation Sciences (Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy). Graduate School of Rehabil itat ion Sciences (Master’s Program) (Rehabilitation Sciences) Global Networking Office (Change of name to International Education and Exchange Center in 2017) Regional Partnership Office (Change of name to Center for Regional Partnership Promotion in 2017)
2015 School of Rehabilitation Sciences (Speech-Language-Hearing Therapy). Graduate School of Rehabilitation Sciences (Doctoral Program) (Rehabilitation Sciences) Regional Comprehensive Care Center
2016 Cancer Prevention Institute
2017 Admission Center
2018 Institutional Research Center
2019 School of Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Science)
2020 Advanced Research Promotion Center
2023 Graduate School of Medical Technology Sciences (Clinical Laboratory Sciences)


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