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

Research Achievements

Research Activities

  • Challenges in breast and cervical cancer control in Japan. Lancet Oncol. (17: e305-e312. 2016)
  • Impacts of perinatal dioxin exposure on motor coordination and higher cognitive development in Vietnamese preschool children: a five-year follow-up. PLOS ONE (11: e0147655. 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)
  • 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin in breast milk increases autistic traits of 3-year-old children in Vietnam. Mol Psychiatry (19: 1220-1226. 2014)
  • Trends in stroke incidence and acute case fatality in a Japanese rural area : the Oyabe study. Stroke (31: 1583-1587. 2000)

External Research Funding

  • Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research from JSPS: Muneko Nishijo; A molecular epidemiological study of associations between autism spectrum disorders induced by prenatal dioxin exposure and alteration of clock gene expressions.