Develop transdisciplinary professionalism in our students and prepare them for careers in long-term care and upper-level management:
The previously established graduate institutes used to adopt a single discipline approach and hence pose limitations in theoretical frameworks and experiences to our master’s students. After leaving graduate school and becoming a part of the workforce, these young professionals lacked a macro-perspective and often failed to provide healthcare or LTC services that meet different needs of the disabled. Furthermore, it requires faculty members of different graduate institutes to offer a comprehensive long-term and management curriculum.
The Master Program in Transdisciplinary Long-term Care and Management seeks to enlist the help of faculty members of the seven colleges/ schools of the university and integrate a broad array of resources therein. Graduate schools, including the Institute of Health and Welfare Policy, Institute of Community Health Care, Institute of Clinical Nursing, Institute of Public Health, Institute of Hospital and Health Care Administration, Institute of Biomedical Informatics, Institute of Biomedical Informatics, Institute of Philosophy of Cognitive Science, Institute of Science, Technology and Society, Institute of Clinical Medicine, and Institute of Brain Science, and undergraduate programs and departments, including the Dept. of Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology, Dept. of Medicine, Dept. of Nursing, Dept. of Dentistry, Dept. of Pharmacy, all contribute to creating a diversified and highly integrated curriculum. An array of core courses that improve professional development are offered to proffer transdisciplinary knowledge and training required in LTC services and management fields. Analytical techniques are also highlighted in our curriculum as a supplement to this master’s program. Elective courses are divided into six study areas, as students are allowed to select electives according to their background knowledge and interest so as to have their needs met.
Offer professional practice degrees instead of academic degrees to encourage experienced professionals:
A series of approaches will be taken to help our students get a postgraduate degree in their fields:
- Course content is mostly designed to combine theories, policies, and practice.
- The Discussions and Analysis on LTC Transdisciplinary Practice course is offered throughout a school year to facilitate conversations between professionals of different fields through case studies so that both the instructor and students learn from one another through communication and mutual respect, thereby creating a teamwork model.
- The internship courses (totaling at 160 hours) are offered to improve students’ skills in the workplace in the hope of implementing a transdisciplinary cooperative model.
- Students are allowed to submit professional reports instead of a thesis to complete the course requirements.
In addition to regular student recruitment, this master’s program accommodates students interested in the university’s “continuing to a master’s program” so that they can complete their bachelor’s and master’s studies within a shorter period of time. Dual master’s degrees are offered to our graduate students with different majors and/or graduate students of other universities in Taiwan.
A variety of courses comprising humanistic attitudes, LTC policies, insurance, and finances are offered to improve students’ humanistic quality and cultural literacy, and sharpen their sustainable thinking skills.
To meet the goals of the USR Program launched by MOE, this master’s program is designed to encourage community participation so that students gain more practical experience by co-learning within local communities and empowering community organizations and the volunteer workforce. This helps to improve community caring centers and senior health, build a fully connected network of caring services, integrate community resources, and reduce unmet needs, thereby creating happier communities, promoting aging in place, and contributing to the betterment of society.
By working with the Aging and Health Research Center and learning from the prior experience shared by Credit Programs for design and healthy aging courses, this master’s program seeks to develop students’ abilities to conduct research in LTC and healthy aging technologies and to innovate.
This master’s program seeks to create a new educational setting and an environment to innovate by leveraging the university’s VR technology and Maker Space.