School of Medicine - Basic Medical ScienceEpidemiology and Public Health




 Since its establishment, the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health has focused on epidemiological research on the causes of disease and the assessment of various treatment methods. Our research themes cover a wide range of fields, including: lifestyle-related diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, environmental health-related topics concerning cadmium and dioxin, industrial medicine, epidemiological studies of congenital abnormalities and intractable diseases.
 As the development of large scale databases for medical information is in progress, the role of epidemiology in preventing disease and providing appropriate medical care has become more and more important. Please contact us if you are interested in epidemiology, preventive medicine, and/or disease control.

Contact Information

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Professor and Chair

  • NISHINO Yoshikazu 02

Professor(Additional Post)



  • NISHIJO Muneko

Senior Assistant Professor

  • NAGASAWA Shinya

Assistant Professor

  • TAKIGUCHI Tomoya

Research Achievements

Research Activities

  • Perinatal dioxin exposure and neurodevelopment of 2-year-old Vietnamese children in the most contaminated area from Agent Orange in Vietnam. Sci Total Environ. (678:217-226. 2019)
  • Causes of death in patients with Itai-itai disease suffering from severe chronic cadmium poisoning: a nested case-control analysis of a follow-up study in Japan. BMJ Open (7:e015694. 2017)
  • Challenges in breast and cervical cancer control in Japan. Lancet Oncol. (17: e305-e312. 2016)
  • Associations between inflammatory markers and subclinical atherosclerosis in middle-aged white, Japanese-American and Japanese men: The ERA-JUMP study. Journal of Atherosclerosis Thrombosis (22: 590-598. 2015)
  • The effect of age on the relationships between work-related factors and heavy drinking. Journal of occupational health (56: 141-149. 2014)

External Research Funding

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from JSPS:
    Yoshikazu Nishino; Disparities and determinants of time from diagnosis to treatment among cancer patients.
    Muneko Nishijo; A molecular epidemiological study of associations between autism spectrum disorders induced by prenatal dioxin exposure and alteration of clock gene expressions.