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Course for Oral Health Engineering

Course for Oral Health Engineering

Message from AOKI Kazuhiro, Chief Professor of Course for Oral Health Engineering

青木 和広

TMDU’s Oral Health Engineering Course provides a four-year program for dental technician education as one of only three universities with Oral Health Engineering Course programs in Japan. The combination of a fruitful curriculum and modern facilities enables us to establish a new academic discipline, which we call “Oral Health Engineering”. The best educational environment for students is achieved by implementing digital dentistry; the latest CAD/CAM system installation, such as 3D scanners, 3D printers, milling machines and CAD software provision for each student. We aim to train dental professionals with a broad knowledge base as well as skilled dental technique to attain a dental technician license, which enables them to play active roles in many aspects of oral engineering. In addition, overseas experiences are also provided for students in their 3rd year to nurture their global mind-sets. Under such education, various career paths are open to our students after their graduation. Many of our graduates work in companies related to medical and dental care, in large dental laboratories or at university hospitals. Moreover, a substantial number of students continue their academic career and enter graduate schools.

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Education

Course for Oral Health Engineering was established in 2011, as the second Japanese university to offer a four-year program for future dental technicians. The mission of this course is to cultivate dental professionals capable of combining advanced engineering, science and technology to improve oral health and aesthetics. We anticipate that our graduates will become professionals who support and promote health, wellbeing and quality of life, and while exhibiting an international outlook. We strive to nurture future leaders who have rich and warm humanity, contributing to society by assisting people to realize healthy happy lives, based on the knowledge and technology of oral health care sciences and welfare.
The first-year students study mainly liberal arts and sciences. Starting from the second year students begin to learn the basic subjects such as Sciences of Oral Biomaterials, and gradually start to focus on more specific subjects such as complete denture, partial denture, fixed prosthodontics, maxillofacial prosthetics, and CAD/CAM system technology. During the fourth year, the students engage in research for their Graduation Theses and fabricate Graduation Products, as well as prostheses and appliances for patients visiting the TMDU Dental Hospital.
TMDU has been chosen as Top Global University, Type A, the group of universities that provide education and research at a global level. Thus, we also give our students the opportunity to learn presentation skills in English and to participate in an overseas training program held in Taiwan.
After the course, our graduates will not only fabricate appliances and prostheses, but will also have broader medical and dental knowledge and techniques to work together with other medical and dental team members. They will also be able to develop new CAD software and have a potential of becoming global leaders in the field of oral health sciences.

General Educational Objectives Our graduates will

  • 1. Understand the dignity of life, scientific principles and concepts, and acquire bioscience knowledge.
  • 2. Acquire a rich sensibility and high ethic perspective as an oral health engineering professional.
  • 3. Understand the role and importance of oral healthcare sciences and welfare in society.
  • 4. Cultivate a willingness to provide advanced knowledge and skills to society as a specialist in fabricating prostheses and oral appliances that improve the quality of life.
  • 5. Acquire scientific inquiry and problem-solving skills and cultivate the motivation to pursue lifelong learning.
  • 6. Acquire the ability to work as an inter-disciplinary team member in the related fields of health sciences, medical care and welfare.
  • 7. Acquire the ability to make global contributions from the viewpoint of oral health.

Curriculum of Course for Oral Health Engineering    Apr. 2019~

Introduction of Oral Health Engineering

Small-group discussions are held in the problem-based learning style.

Globalization for Oral Health Engineering

Complete Denture Prosthodontics

Fixed Prosthodontics

Maxillofacial Prosthetics

CAD/CAM System Technology Practice

Graduation Research

Graduation Products

Competences and Competencies of Course for Oral Health Engineering, TMDU

By the time of graduation, all students will be able to:

  • 1. Professionalism
  • 1) Have high ethic perspective as a dental professional
  • 2) Behave as a dental professional
  • 3) Maintain self-control
  • 4) Comply with regulations
  • 5) Behave actively
  • 6) Be flexible and apply knowledge
  • 2. Global mindset
  • 1) Acquire fundamental knowledge for global contribution
  • 2) Communicate in English
  • 3. Communication skills and Interprofessional collaboration
  • 1) Establish trusting rapport with patients, their families, and team members
  • 2) Obtain appropriate language and manner as an adult member of society
  • 3) Collaborate as a team member
  • 4) Show leadership
  • 5) Transmit and share information
  • 4. Scientific inquiry and problem-based and problem-solving skills
  • 1) Study as a dental professional through continuous learning
  • 2) Manage information appropriately
  • 3) Analyze information
  • 4) Collect latest information
  • 5) Acquire competence in finding and solving problems
  • 6) Plan, design, and execute scientific research
  • 7) Make presentations on scientific research results
  • 5. Broad medical and dental knowledge
  • 1) Acquire basic knowledge of medical science
  • 2) Acquire the basic knowledge of oral health and dental care
  • 3) Acquire the basic knowledge of dental technique
  • 6. Advanced dental technical skills
  • 1) Acquire the advanced dental technology
  • 2) Acquire the knowledge and techniques of the latest digital dentistry

International Exchange Program (Course for Oral Health Engineering)

This unique International Exchange Program to Taiwan is held in fall of their third year. This program includes visits to Taipei Medical University and some dental laboratories in Taiwan. The third-year students have the opportunity to give presentations in English concerning Japanese culture, oral engineering and dental care in Japan, and give a short overview of TMDU. They prepare these presentations with the help of faculty who are native English speakers, in a portion of the `Globalization to Oral Health Engineering Practice' class. They also compete with students of Taipei Medical University in a Carving Contest.

TMDU is part of the Top Global University Project, with the concept of cultivating human resources to promote TMDU-type global health. This project provides undergraduate students with short-term scholarships and opportunities to visit overseas affiliated institutions, which means one in five students in TMDU can have an overseas study experience before graduation. In our course, all students can gain such an experience through this International Exchange Program to Taiwan, since 2015.

International Exchange Program Schedule

Day1

Travel to Taipei, Taiwan

Day2

●Visit Taipei Medical University   
●Visit Taiwanese dental laboratories

Day3

●English presentation about Japan, oral engineering and dental care in Japan, and TMDU overview  
●Carving Contest at Taipei Medical University

Day4

Visit Taiwanese dental laboratories

Day5

Return to Japan

Number of students who gained overseas experience

  1st
Graduating
Class
2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th
Year 2012-
2013
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Country Taiwan,
Korea
Taiwan Taiwan Taiwan Taiwan Taiwan Taiwan Taiwan
Class size
(# students)
14 14 11 17 13 14 13 11
Students
who go
overseas
13 11 10 17 13 14 13 11
Experience
rate (%)
93 79 91 100 100 100 100 100

The 8th International Exchange Program: Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.(19 to 23th, Nov. 2019)

The 7th International Exchange Program: Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.(4 to 8th, Dec. 2018)

The 6th International Exchange Program: Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.(21 to 25th, Nov. 2017)

The 5th International Exchange Program: Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.(22 to 25th, Nov. 2016)

The 4th International Exchange Program: Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.(24 to 28th, Nov.2015)

The 3rd International Exchange Program: Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.(11 to 15th, Nov.2014)

The 2nd International Exchange Program: Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.(25 to 29th, Nov. 2013)

The International Exchange Program: Korean University, South Korea.(12 to 15th, Nov.2013)

The 1st International Exchange Program: Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.(18 to 22th, Nov. 2012)

Study Abroad Programs (Course for Oral Health Engineering)

To cultivate professionals with sensitivity and international awareness, TMDU offers Undergraduate Overseas Studying Awards to excellent undergraduate students who wish to participate in overseas training. Using this awards program, a selected student is given an opportunity to study at an overseas university for 2-4 weeks.

Many students have visited the University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden, which has a three-year program for dental technicians.

  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Student year 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd 3rd
Year/Month 2014/3 2015/3 2016/3 2016/9-10 2017/9 2018/9 2019/9
Duration 1 month 1 month 2 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks 3 weeks
University University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Academy (Sweden) Taipei Medical
University
(Taiwan)
University of
Gothenburg,
Sahlgrenska
Academy
(Sweden)

Reports on Study Abroad Programs

International Exchange Program from Other Countries

Every March, students and faculty from the School of Dental Technology, Faculty of Dentistry, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan, visit TMDU through the International Exchange Program. During their stay, they participate in our lectures and practices, plus we also organize a carving contest and farewell party at the end of their stay.

In addition, during summer vacation, students from Taipei Medical University can join our course to conduct research; for example in 2015, two students came to study oral biomaterials.

The 1st International Online Session Program between Taipei Medical University and TMDU.

O-SEP_TMU-TMDU_(March_2021)

On March 9th, 2021, the International Online Session Program was performed between 15 undergraduates of Taipei Medical University (TMU) and 25 undergraduates of TMDU. Students took part with the lively tooth morphology carving competition, two presentations by TMU students, the lively student-led group discussion and general debate.

The 7th International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (4th to 6th Mar. 2019)

The 7th International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (4th to 6th Mar. 2019)

The 7th International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (4th to 6th Mar. 2019)

The 6th International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (5th to 7th Mar. 2018)

The 6th International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (5th to 7th Mar. 2018)

International Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (October 2017 to August 2018)

International Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (October 2017 to August 2018)

The 5th International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (27th, Feb. to 1st Mar. 2017)

The 5th International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (27th, Feb. to 1st Mar. 2017)

The 4th International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (29th, Feb. to 2nd Mar. 2016)

The 4th International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (29th, Feb. to 2nd Mar. 2016)

Research Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (July 2015)

Research Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (July 2015)

The 3rd International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (2nd to 4th Mar. 2015)

The 3rd International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (2nd to 4th Mar. 2015)

The 2nd International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (3rd to 5th Mar. 2014)

The 2nd International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (3rd to 5th Mar. 2014)

The 1st International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (27th, Feb to 1st Mar. 2013)

The 1st International Exchange Program from Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. (27th, Feb to 1st Mar. 2013)

Events

Graduation Research has been presented at conferences, such as the Japanese Congress of Dental Technology, the International Congress of Dental Technology, and the annual session of the Stomatological Society. Technical Contests for students from schools for dental technicians in Japan has been held at the Japanese Congress of Dental Technology. Two students were selected in the carving contests competition from our course. Students' Technical Contests also have been held at the International Congress of Dental Technology.

2nd Meeting of International Oral Health Engineering Consortium (Taipei, Taiwan, 18th Nov. 2019)

The 2nd meeting of the International Oral Health Engineering Consortium for universities with a 4-year education system for Oral Health Engineering was held at Taipei Medical University.

Our 2 graduate students presented their research at the Oral Presentation Competition, and Mr. Sasaki and Ms. Hirohashi won the second and third prize, respectively.

1st Meeting of International Oral Health Engineering Consortium (Tokyo, JAPAN, Sept. 2018)

The first meeting of the International Oral Health Engineering Consortium for universities with a 4-year education system for Oral Health Engineering was held at TMDU on 24th September, 2018.
The consortium includes Panel Discussion about Oral Engineering Education of undergraduate study and Oral Presentation Competition with undergraduate and graduate students. An undergraduate student of our course and two graduate school students presented their research at this meeting.


The 1st International Oral Health Engineering Consortium was held at TMDU, and professors participated in panel discussions concerning undergraduate education.

Nine students competed in oral presentations. Our students; 1 undergraduate and 2 graduates, presented their research at the Oral Presentation Competition, and Ms. Ayaka Urakawa, a 4th year Oral Health Engineering student, won the second prize.

Technical Contests at 5th International Congress of Dental Technology (Daejeon, Korea, 2013)

Working as an Oral Health Engineer

Upon graduation students will be granted with Bachelor's Degrees.
Through this course students become qualified to take the Japanese National Examination for Dental Technicians.


Data on national exam Nationwide state exam from 2017
  2015
1st cohort
2016
2nd
2017
3rd
2018
4th
2019
5th
2020
6th
2021
7th
Number of Students 14 14 10 16 13 10 13
Number of people already qualified 4 1 1 2 1 1 1
Number of examinees 10 13 9 13 12 9 12
Number of successful candidates 10 13 9 13 12 9 11
Pass rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 92%
National Passing Rate - 99.1% 97.5% 94.7% 95.1% 95.0% 95.8%
National average pass rate 98% - - - - - -

Workplace (fields)

  • ・ Dental laboratory
  • ・ Laboratory at dental clinics
  • ・ Dental laboratory at hospitals
  • ・ Companies or corporations manufacturing and/or selling dental materials, equipment, and/or instruments
  • ・ Companies or corporations (others)
  • ・ Research institutions/Graduate school (Masters / Doctoral)
  • ・ Education (Schools of dental technology)

Careers after graduation

  2015.4
1st cohort
2016.4 2nd 2017.4 3rd 2018.4 4th 2019.4 5th 2020.4 6th 2021.4 7th
Graduate schools 2 3 2 2 2 1 1
Other schools 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
Dental corporations 2 3 1 5 2 3 5
Corporations (others) 0 3 2 2 3 2 5
Government/Incorporated Foundations 1 0 1 0 1 0 1
Dental laboratory at Hospitals 1 0 0 2 1 0 0
Dental laboratories (others) 6 4 2 4 3 3 1
Laboratory at dental clinics 1 0 2 0 0 1 0
Total 14 14 10 16 13 10 13

Departments and Faculty

Lectures and practices for Oral Health Engineering students are mainly held by faculty from three departments; departments related to oral health engineering in the Master's Program: Health Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences.

Basic Oral
Health Engineering
Database
Professor
AOKI Kazuhiro
Associate Professor
OKI Meiko
Assistant Professor
KAMIJO Shingo
Staff
Masud Khan

Department of Basic Oral Health Engineering is a section of oral health care sciences that focuses on the basic oral health sciences to perform evidence-based oral health care and to support people to attain healthy and happy living.

Digital DentistryDatabase
Professor
KANAZAWA Manabu
Assistant Professor
IWASAKI Naohiko
Assistant Professor
TSUCHIDA Yumi

Department of Digital Dentistry is providing education regarding oral material sciences and digital dentistry, as well as the evaluation and development of new dental CAD/CAM technologies.

Oral Prosthetic
Engineering
Database
Professor
   
Senior Assistant Professor
IKEDA Masaomi
Assistant Professor
SHIOZAWA Maho

Department of Oral Prosthetic Engineering is one of the dental sciences that works toward restoration and maintenance of oral function, form and health for partially and/or completely edentulous patients.

Course Schedule

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