Kyoto University School of Public Health



  • Creation of the Kyoto University Public Health department with the first Japanese high-level Public Health Professional Degrees in 13 different fields: 11 departments (Biostatistics, Theoretical Epidemiology, Pharmacoepidemiology, Genomic Medicine, Public Health Management, Healthcare Economics & Quality Management, Medical Ethics, Health Informatics, Environmental Health, Health Promotion and Behavioral Science, International Health) and 2 cooperative classes (environmental ecology and human ecology).
    As the training of educators and researchers in these fields was urgent, the Doctoral course was established at the same time.


  • The University Establishment Council implemented of an external evaluation.


  • External evaluation by Prof. Robert S. Lawrence (vice president of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health)


  • Providing an education combining theory and practice while training highly skilled professionals were the main objectives that led to shift towards a specialization of the Graduate School Professional Degree System. The Master’s Course changed to a Professional Degree course.
  • The names of the departments changed from “Theoretical Epidemiology” to “Healthcare Epidemiology”, from “Health System Informatics” to “Health Informatics”, from “International Health” to “Global Health and Socio-Epidemiology”.
  • Beginning of the new cooperative classes: “Preventive medicine” and endowed course “Epidemiology Research Administration Informatics”.
  • Beginning of the “Intellectual Property Management Course” funded by the Special Coordination Funds for the promotion of Science and Technology.


  • Organization of the 5 years anniversary symposium “Public Health – Health, Treatment and Society; binding people –” in the Shiran Kaikan’s Inamori Hall.


  • Creation of the 1 year “Master of Clinical Research (MCR)” for physicians and dentists.
  • Signature of the memorandum of “Zero-ji prevention health promotion project” between the Medical Research Department and the city of Nagahama. The secretariat is based in the Health Informatics department.


  • Name change from “Genome Epidemiology” to “Informatics Genome Epidemiology”
  • Opening of the “Genetic Counseling and Coordinator Unit” funded by the Special Coordination Funds for the promotion of Science and Technology.
  • The Social Epidemiology Department is appointed as UNAIDS (United Nations Joint Programme on AID) joint center.


  • End of the endowed course “Epidemiology Research Administration Informatics”.
  • The Genome Epidemiology department was appointed by France’s INSERM as research unit.
  • Conclusion of the agreement between the Medical Research Department and Nagahama city’s “Zero-ji prevention health promotion project”.


  • Intellectual Property Management Course was changed into the “Department of Management of Technology and Intellectual Property” and the MCR Course became the “Master Program for Clinical Research”.
  • Creation of the “Department of Medical Communication”.


  • Genetic Counseling and Coordinator Unit was split into 2 departments, respectively the Department of Clinical Research Administration and the Department of Medical Genetics.
  • Creation of a MPH-DrPH Course for physicians and dentists holders of a master degree who passed the 1 year professional degree course.
  • The departments of Obstetrics, Pediatrics and the School of Public Health were selected by Ministry of the Environment to conduct the “Japan Environment & Child Study” as Kyoto’s Unit Center.
  • Organization of the 10 years anniversary symposium and publication of the anniversary magazine.


  • Creation of the 1 year MPH Course for people with on the field experience of Public Health.
  • First entry in the Asia-Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health (APACPH) as Japanese School of Public Health.
  • End of the registrations for Nagahama city’s “Zero-ji prevention health promotion project” with more than 10,000 participants.


  • Helped organizing the World Health Summit in Berlin as a M8 Alliance Members (organization made of medical research institutes and universities around the world).


Number of graduations per year in the Public Health Department (from 2000 to 2014)

Year Number of Master courses in Public Health
and Professional Degrees
Number of Doctoral Courses Number of students in Medical Doctor Course
who graduated and were from the Public Health Department
2000 None    
2001 16(Master courses in Public Health)    
2002 19(Master courses in Public Health) 0  
2003 29(Master courses in Public Health) 1 2
2004 1(Master courses in Public Health)
20(Professional Degrees)
6 1
2005 1(Master courses in Public Health)
33(Professional Degrees)
6 2
2006 20(Professional Degrees) 4  
2007 32(Professional Degrees) 4 2
2008 32(Professional Degrees) 2 1
2009 38(Professional Degrees) 9 1
2010 28(Professional Degrees) 5 3
2011 28(Professional Degrees) 6 2
2012 28(Professional Degrees) 5 2
2013 26(Professional Degrees) 6 5
2014 28(Professional Degrees) 11 4
TOTAL   65 25

*Post graduate Professional Degrees began in 2003
*Number of students who were awarded a Master, Professional or Doctoral Degrees