Division and Department

Department of Public Health

A Greeting from the Professor

The Department of Public Health offers, in the medical faculty, an educational program based on a broad view of Social Medicine to medical students, especially addressing social factors in determinants of health. As the New Public Health provides a comprehensive approach to global health issues by health promotion initiatives, we offer lectures on the history of Public Health, the Background of Health Promotion, Community Health, Laws and Institutions of Health Care Systems, Introduction to Social Epidemiology, Life-style related Diseases, Mental Health and Problems of Aging Societies, etc. Together with one week of practice teaching in a community setting, students are able to learn various aspects of public health administration. In this way, we hope to achieve our aim of training public health-minded physicians in our Faculty through a public health-oriented approach.

In the post-graduate course of the Department of Public Health, we offer an educational program consisting of theory of Public Health Practice, Epidemiology and Biostatics, Public Health and Policy Science, Introduction of writing of academic papers, Field Work in Community Settings, etc. Our department also offers a Course on Suicide Prevention (Suicide Prevention Cluster). In this course, we take a multi-faceted academic approach to suicide prevention, including medicine, law, sociology and policy science. High-level specialists on suicide prevention graduating from this course will be well-prepared to put their knowledge to use in society, helping to reduce the number of people who take their own lives.

The research topics and concerns of our department are health promotion, community mental health, suicide prevention and public health policy. As suicide prevention is a high priority social agenda in Japan, we are heavily engaged in the establishment of a strong academic understanding of suicide prevention from a public health point of view. Professor Yutaka Motohashi, chairman of the department, has been a member of the National Council for the Promotion of Suicide Prevention in the Cabinet Office of the Japanese Government, and has thus participated in the development of national suicide prevention policy. The academic achievements of our department have therefore been incorporated into national suicide prevention policy.


Associate Professor:
Yoshihiro KANEKO, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Areas

  1. Theory and practice of health promotion in community settings
  2. Suicide prevention and public health
  3. Social epidemiology on mental health
  4. Social capital and health
  5. Health promotion of elderly people in the community
  6. Research on healthy public policy

Contact Information

Associate Professor Yoshihiro KANEKO, M.D., Ph.D.
1-1-1, Hondo, Akita, 010-8543, Japan