School of International Health has six departments (Grobal Health Policy, Community and Global Health, Human Genetics, Developmental Medical Sciences, Human Ecology, and Biomedical Chemistry). In addition, four associated departments are in collaboration with School of International Health for research and education.
International Social Medicine
Our mission is to improve population health by enhancing accountability and improving the evidence base of global health programs. Our research interests include climate change and human health, especially in current impacts, future projections, adaptation strategies and health co-benefits of mitigation policies.
To seek equity and social justice in health within and across nations, we conduct community-health research that focuses on health-related behaviors and community health activities in low- and middle-income countries and Japan.
International Biomedical Sciences
Our department dives headlong into analyses of genomic, transcriptomic and epigenomic data to evaluate diversity in the human genome, as well as identifying variants and elucidating their functional importance and potential therapeutic applications. Our approach is holistic, focusing not only on data analysis, but also on practical experiments to reach our goal of uncovering new knowledge.
Our department was established in 1966 as the first department for education and research for Maternal and Child Health in Japan. The department currently focuses on research in viral infectious disease and the development of vaccines and therapeutics for diseases that remain a major public health threat, with an emphasis on developing better strategies for maternal-child health well-being.
The field of human ecology encompasses a wide range of perspectives in an effort to understand human health in relation to adaptation to physical and social environments. To this end, we use methodologies developed in human biology, nutritional sciences, anthropology, demography, environmental health, and urban ecology.
Our major research interests include virulence mechanisms and metabolism of protozoa, particularly Plasmodium spp. causing malaria and Entamoeba histolytica causing amebic dysentery.
This laboratory conducts two major research projects: “lipid biology” and “environmental toxicology.”
This department disseminates basic theory on medical and health professions education domestically and internationally, thereby improving health care in a broader sense.
We aim to study the relationships between the environment and human health and to produce well-educated professionals with the ability to undertake epidemiological research. Our research interest includes climate change and variability, air pollution, and human health across multiple countries in environmental epidemiology.
This office provides services and support to promote international educational and academic activities.