山梨大学大学院総合研究部医学域 社会医学講座

社会医学講座 | 山梨大学医学部

Department of Health Sciences,Basic Science for Clinical Medicine,
Division of Medicine, Graduate School Department of Interdisciplinary Research,
University of Yamanashi


About this department

Department of Health Sciences was established in 1981. Professor Makoto Higurashi, Professor Akio Asaka and Professor Zentaro Yamagata has been directing the department. Graduate students can achieve master's degree and doctoral degree with daily effort. We lecture epidemiology, public health, human genetics and practice of epidemiology for graduate and undergraduate students. We welcome students who are willing to contribute to human health and welfare.

Members (Areas of research)

  • Professor Zentaro YAMAGATA, M.D., Ph.D. (Maternal and Child Health; Public Health; Human Genetics; Epidemiology; and Molecular Genetic Epidemiology)
  • Associate Professor Hiroshi YOKOMICHI, B.Math., M.D. M.P.H. Dr.P.H., Ph.D. (Clinical Epidemiology; Public Health; Diabetes; Body Mass Index; and Maternal and Child Health)
  • Lecturer Kunio MIYAKE, Ph.D. (Epigenetics; Molecular Biology; Molecular Genetics; and Neuroscience)
  • Assistant Professor Sonoko MIZOROGI, M.D., Ph.D. (Epidemiology; Public Health; Paediatrics; and Paediatric Neurology)
  • Assistant Professor Natsuyo HARIYA, Registered Dietitian, Ph.D. (Nutrition; Nutritional Physiology; Dietary Habits and Food Functions)
  • Assistant Professor Yuka AKIYAMA, Registered Dietitian, M.Sc. (Epidemiology; Nutrition; Public Health Nutrition; and Maternal and Child Health)

【 Center for Birth Cohort Studies 】

  • Associate Professor Kazunari ONISHI, Ph.D. (Epidemiology; Environmental Epidemiology; Environmental Analysis; Public Health; Hygiene; Environmental Impact Assessment; and Maternal and Child Health)
  • Assistant Professor Miri SATO, Pharmacist, Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D. (Epidemiology; Clinical Psychology; Public Health; and Maternal and Child Health)


Maternal and Child Health; Paediatrics; Life-style Related Disease; Obesity; Diabetes; Nutrition; Depression; Neurology; Environmentology; Allergy; Dermatology; Obstetrics; Ophthalmology; Orthpaedics; and Radiology

  1. Koshu Project is an ongoing prospective cohort of pregnant women and their children in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan. In the project, we research maternal and child health.
  2. Center for Birth Cohort Studies of University of Yamanashi has been contributing to a nation-wide survey of Japan Environmental and Children's Study (JECS). The purpose of this survey is to explore the effect of environmental factors of children and mothers on child growth and development. We will follow up children from antenatal period to the age of 13 years.
  3. We are applying data of clinical practice to examine risk factors of overweight, diabetes and chronic diseases in community-dwelling children, adults and the elderly.
  4. We are also engaged in molecular and genetic epidemiology, examining genetic factors of chronic diseases. Ethical, legal and social factors are also included.
  5. We are focusing on understandings of epigenetics for gene-environment interactions in the diseases. We are investigating molecular mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly for Rett syndrome, autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  6. We use basic medical and epidemiologic approaches to explore underlying causes of diabetes. The goal of the studies are primary, secondary and tertiary preventions of diabetes.

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