Despite extensive academic research providing the groundwork for the German Reunification preparations in various fields, reunified Germany was confronted with a long period of difficulty and discord. Thus, it can be inferred that preparation and readiness is extremely important and urgent, especially in fields that are directly correlated with human lives, such as health and medicine exchange, joint efforts, and proper integration. The purpose of this program is to tackle the issue of healthcare and medicine, which has often been overlooked compared to other areas of studies, such as politics, economics, sociology, cultural studies, etc; and to involve all relative faculty in the academic process.
The department of Healthcare and Medicine for Unified Korea analyzes to better perceive North Korea's present conditions regarding healthcare and medicine; stands at the forefront of exchanging healthcare and medical wisdom and skills; fosters healthcare and medicine experts to contribute to a healthy reunification. Being an expert means: to identify and understand the exact issues and factors surrounding the field that hinders a healthy reunification; developing leadership skills and ability to overcome these issues; and to be fully equipped with not just academic knowledge, but the skill sets to apply it into practice.
Through this program you will learn why the healthcare and medicine field needs to make advanced preparations; critically identify and assess urgent issues; have developed a sense of duty and the expertise in the healthcare and medicine field to apply a definitive solution. This program is open to all governmental agencies, press, NGOs, social workers, etc… who have an interest in healthcare and medicine for a unified Korean peninsula.
Fields of Study
- Healthcare and Medicine for Unified Korea
- Students who are enrolled in the master's degree program must receive a total of 27 "course work" credits or more, including 9 credits for "core subjects" and 9 credits for "major subjects."
- Aside from the coursework credits, students must sign up for research guide and earn 2 credits each semester for 4 semesters. A total of 8 research guide credits is required, including participation of thesis presentation and evaluation.
- ADuring enrollment, all students except those who are majoring in Biostatistics must take 2 essential core subjects, 「Introduction to Biostatistics of Healthcare and Medicine for Unified Korea」and 「Introduction to Epidemiology of Healthcare and Medicine for Unified Korea」. Changing the essential core subjects is possible if the student has completed the same or similar subjects, those credits will only be acknowledged for subjects considered to be on par with those offered under a new replaced subject. To change those subjects, students should submit the following documents for the approval of their request:
- Request form on replacing essential core subjects
- Approval by the academic advisor and the head of the essential core subjects where a student submits these documents to the graduate school committee, the head of the essential core subjects should evaluate the student to have equivalent knowledge and experience of the subjects and report the results to the graduate school committee. If the graduate school committee decides in favor of the student's reasoning, then the student may change the essential core subjects with the approval of committee chairman.
- In principle, master's degree program students must submit a thesis evaluation request form to the evaluation committee of master's thesis at least one year before the expected graduation date. The master's thesis evaluation committee should be composed of more than three members (including the academic advisor) and the doctoral thesis evaluation committee should be composed of more than five members (including the academic advisor). Committee members can evaluate the submitted request forms with an equal say to the chair of the review committee. The final stage of evaluation includes an oral examination. The final decision is either approval or rejection of the thesis. Thesis that have been rejected can be revised continuously by the request of committee members.
Examination and Thesis
- Submission and Presentation of Thesis Evaluation Request
- Submission of thesis evaluation request for either master's or doctoral degree is granted to students who have registered for at least two semesters of the coursework. Thesis evaluation request must be submitted by the 30th of March, in the first semester and by the 30th of September for the second semester. Each semester there will be a public notice regarding the submission procedure for the thesis evaluation request.
- Oral presentation of thesis evaluation request is held by the end of May in the first semester and by the end of November in the second semester.
- The master's thesis evaluation committee will evaluate and decide on the approval of the thesis and oral presentation.
- Submission and Presentation of Draft Thesis
- A master's degree is granted to students who complete the coursework, pass the foreign language exam, the Comprehensive Examinations, the thesis evaluation, and the oral examination.
- Thesis Evaluation and Decision
- The master's thesis evaluation committee should be composed of more than 3 members (including the academic advisor). The dean of the graduate school can designate the academic advisor as chair of the evaluation committee to oversee the entire evaluation process. The chair and members of the evaluation committee will have an equal say.
- The evaluation committee is required to complete the thesis evaluation and oral examination by the end of May in the first-semester graduation and by the end of November in the second-semester graduation. The thesis evaluation committee should be held more than two times including the oral presentation.
- In order to pass the thesis evaluation and oral examination, a student needs two-thirds of the evaluation committee members' approval for a master's degree.
- Master course is an core subject and at least 2 major course subjects.
Award title of degree
- M.S., Master of Science in Public Health
Courses and Syllabuses
- Core Courses open
Core Courses List Code Title Credits Remarks HMU501 Biostatistics of Healthcare and Medicine for Unified Korea 3 Essential (master's degree program) HMU502 Introduction of Healthcare and Medicine for Unified Korea 3 HMU503 Introduction to Epidemiology of Healthcare and Medicine for Unified Korea 3 Essential (master's degree program) HMU504 Theories of Learning for Unification 3 HMU Study of North Korea's Medical Department 3 HMU Methodology for Healthcare and Medicine for Unified Korea 3 HMU Writing a Thesis: Healthcare and Medicine for Unified Korea 3 HMU Seminar in Comparing North Korean and South Koreans' Health 3 HMU Study of North Koreans' Mental Health 3 HMU Unified Korea and Public Health Issues in the World 3
- Major Courses open
Major Courses List Code Title Credits Remarks HMU 551 Healthcare and Medicine for Unified Korea and Culture of North Korea 3 HMU 552 Seminar on Healthcare and Medicine for Unified Korea 3 HMU Seminar for Disaster Management for North Korea 3 HMU Seminar for Disaster Management for Unified Korea 3 HMU Environment in North Korea and Health 3 HMU Healthcare and Medicine Thesis Research Seminar 3 HMU Understanding of North Korea's Healthcare Academic Documents and Researches 3 HMU Development of Unified Healthcare Policy 3 HMU Comparison of North and South Korea's Healthcare Policy 3 HMU Study of the Process in Changing System and Unified Healthcare 3 HMU Seminar in Leading and Supporting North Korea 3 HMU Seminar in Maternal and Pediatric Health of North Korea 3