Department of Social Medicine

Environmental Medicine and Population Sciences

Environmental medicine promote population science and commit to health policies
  • Promote evidence based cancer control
  • Creat infrastructure to interatct reaserch and policy
  • Risk assessment research for environmental health
Professor Tomotaka Sobue
Environmental Medicine and Population Sciences
Environmental medicine combines basic medicine, clinical medicine and social medicine to solve problems between health and the environment.

A multidimensional approach to the study of environmental effects on health using epidemiological methods.

Environmental medicine considers not only the population sciences, but also the social sciences, including factors like history and culture. Adding the social sciences brings a new multi-dimensional approach to medicine. Environmental medicine seeks to understand how the environment can affect the population health.

To study this relationship, the lab uses epidemiology and risk benefit tools, and applies its findings to disease control. Epidemiology is the science of past large-scale health data to predict future outcomes. Risk benefit studies look at conventional methods and risk assessments to quantify the benefit of an action. Compared with other countries, this field is underdeveloped in Japan. The lab puts a particular emphasis on cancer applications.