Graduate Course in Midwifery

Education Philosophy

The Graduate Course in Midwifery aims, based on the fundamental ethos and founding principles of Sapporo Medical University, to develop midwives with advanced knowledge and excellent skills who possess creativity and a sense of humanity, and that contribute to the enrichment and improvement of maternal and child health and perinatal care.

Educational Goals

The Graduate Course in Midwifery has set the following educational goals to achieve its education philosophy and to encourage students to acquire the basic knowledge and skills necessary for midwives to meet society’s needs.
  1. Acquire the basic knowledge and skills necessary to support mothers during pregnancy, delivery and puerperium, in addition to assisting families with child rearing and supporting the health of women throughout their lifetime
  2. Acquire the ability to act as a professional and with respect for human dignity and life in accordance with the ethical principles required of midwives
  3. Acquire the ability to take the initiative to fulfill the responsibilities and commitments required of a midwife in practical activities using professional knowledge and skills while collaborating with other professionals
  4. Acquire the ability to respect human diversity and establish a relationship of mutual trust with women and families in providing support
  5. Acquire the determination to make a continuous effort for personal development, to maintain and improve one’s midwifery skills, and to explore the field of midwifery, with the aim of providing high-quality services
  6. Acquire the determination to take a multidimensional approach to women’s health issues with an international perspective

Admissions Policy

The Graduate Course in Midwifery aims to contribute to the development and improvement of maternal and child health in Hokkaido by teaching advanced knowledge and excellent skills for midwives, exploring midwifery as the basis of such knowledge and skills and fostering highly creative and humane midwives. To accomplish this, individuals with the following qualities are sought:
  1. Those who can face life and death sincerely based on respect for human dignity and life
  2. Those who can respect all members of the community and who value mutual relationships
  3. Those with a high level of basic knowledge and skills related to nursing and a proactive attitude to the study of midwifery
  4. Those who have a profound interest in maternal and child health in Hokkaido and who want to solve various issues through their own midwifery practice
  5. Those who respect different cultures and values, see things from a wide perspective and hope to achieve their own growth through social contribution

Educational Characteristics

The curriculum for the Graduate Course in Midwifery consists of introductory courses to midwifery, practical courses on midwifery care and additional courses to improve the quality of midwifery skills. The university offers a full range of lectures and practical training to help students acquire the knowledge necessary to improve the health of women, provide support for mothers and families in raising future generations and assess midwifery care to be provided independently in communities.
Lectures are offered by Sapporo Medical University’s full-time faculty specializing in midwifery and gynecology, in addition to other faculty in relevant fields and instructors actively involved in maternal and child health and perinatal care in Hokkaido.
Students in class

Students in class

Students in class

Students in class

Students in class

Students in class


Based on fundamental knowledge in midwifery, students acquire practical midwifery techniques. Through the acquisition of knowledge and techniques on campus and practical training at various institutions, students develop their midwifery skills systematically in a step-by-step manner.

Basic fields of midwifery

Learning about the role of midwives as supporters of sexual and reproductive health and about the responsibilities and ethics of midwives as professionals, in addition to learning about the goals and objects of midwifery and knowledge of perinatal care and fetology/neonatology as the basis of midwifery practice

 Subjects (Credits)
  • Introduction to midwifery (1)
  • Perinatal care I (1)
  • Perinatal care II  (1)
  • Fetology/neonatology (1)
  • Reproductive health (2)

Practical fields of midwifery

Learning about the assessment of pregnant and puerperal women of different health levels, the basics of midwifery care to improve physical preparedness for and resilience from childbirth, and the status of midwifery management at various facilities In training, the integration of knowledge and skills through midwifery activities and improvement of practical ability

Subjects (Credits)
  • Midwifery diagnosis and care I (2)
  • Midwifery diagnosis and care II (3)
  • Midwifery diagnosis and care III (2)
  • Integrated perinatal health care (1)
  • High-risk perinatal care (1)
  • Health education (1)
  • Midwifery management (2)
  • Midwifery training I (8)
  • Midwifery training II (2)
  • Midwifery training III (1)

Fields related to midwifery

Learning about support for women raising children and their families and the role of midwives in solving maternal and child health issues in local communities Cultivation of insight into midwifery practice based on latest knowledge and the ability to offer effective care

Subjects (Credits)
  • Childcare support (1)
  • Maternal and child health in local communities (1)
  • Midwifery project studies (1)

 Total … 32  (all compulsory)