“Isn’t it possible to create a society that is free from preventable diseases?”
I learned about the many mysteries of life and the bodily systems that keep individuals alive during my medical training. As a doctor, I also faced many difficult situations, such as patients with untreatable or terminal diseases. Because of these, I realized the importance of disease prevention specifically through a focus on our social environment, which we can modify to improve health outcomes. As a result I decided to devote my life to public health research.
Although I don’t know specifically why I began researching child maltreatment, it may be because I have something like a mystical connection to this field. I began by identifying child maltreatment cases in the hospital and I have since expanded my research topics in various ways through a theoretical focus on social inequality, social capital, child poverty and health, mental health after disasters, the impact of nutrition during pregnancy, and the life-course epidemiology of the elderly. These topics may seem heterogeneous, but they are actually connected through the theme of disease prevention. For this reason, I prioritize a focus on health topics that are central to making individuals healthier and happier.
If you are interested in these research areas, we hope you will consider joining our team. Let’s make a difference!
Takeo Fujiwara, MD, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Global Health Promotion,
Tokyo Medical and Dental University
We aim to elucidate how the social environment may be improved to prevent disease and promote overall health throughout the life-course. Furthermore, based on collected evidence, we develop practical health policies and programs that can improve our society for the better.
We cover a wide range of topics including:
- Social epidemiology (the impact of social inequality and social capital on health)
- Life-course epidemiology (the long term impact of parenting and the environment on prenatal to early childhood health including international comparative studies)
- Child maltreatment (abusive head trauma/shaken baby syndrome)
- Mental health (antenatal and postnatal mental health, mental health after a disaster, and child mental health)
- Nutritional epidemiology （childhood nutrition from prenatal to early school-years and the food environment）
- Environmental health (the physical environment and climate change)
- Occupational health (harassment and work-place social capital)
Principles of Research
- Do research which is interesting and useful for other people
- Prioritize publishing research results in order to make a significant impact on society
- Develop the capacity of team members and students, with a philosophy of treasuring each individual
- Conduct team based research in order to promote mutual aid and exchange ideas from diverse disciplines
Students will develop the following skills in order to conduct research on public health and contribute to society more broadly:
- Develop research questions based on everyday life
- Learn the basics of biostatistics and data analysis using sophisticated methods, including multivariate analysis, multilevel analysis, propensity score, multiple imputation, mediation analysis, along with statistic software such as Stata
- Design research, develop questionnaires and field logistics, and improve communication skills to interact with stakeholders such as local governments
- Produce publishable research articles in English related to public health, epidemiology, and clinical research