Global Health and Socio-epidemiology


Professor:Masahiro Kihara

Socio-epidemiology” is a new methodological paradigm for the New Public Health with a pragmatist philosophical position. Integrating epidemiology and sociology and following the tradition of Kyoto University that appreciates field works, it aims to nurture scientists who value field works and deep socio-cultural understanding of people through the mixed methods approach, and to explore solutions that are both scientific and socio-culturally appropriate. Our department, designated as the first collaborating center of the UNAIDS, truly enjoys an international environment with foreign students from many parts of the world.

Research and Education

WYSH Project, an evidence-based combination prevention project for sexual and mental problems of youth, is our best known work among a number of our pioneering HIV-related researches in Japan. Having proved highly effective in improving knowledge, attitude and behaviors, it has grown into the largest prevention project for adolescents in Japan and has been adopted as a model by the ministries. Its training courses attract hundreds of school teachers to Kyoto every year.
Besides the internationally reputed drug-user studies in Iran, which served as evidence for their national HIV prevention programs, our studies extend to many developing countries, such as China, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Yemen, Swaziland, Zambia, Libya and others. One of them with the most global importance is the recent study in D.R.Congo that first showed food insecurity as a significant risk factor for antiretroviral treatment adherence in Africa.
In the master course we teach not only socio-epidemiology including the topics like marketing, behavioral science, quasi-experiment, mixed methods (in-depth and group interviews, qualitative analysis, and questionnaire development), but also infectious disease epidemiology including human history and infectious diseases, mathematical modeling global health and field epidemiology.

2 Doing focus group interview in socio-epidemiological study on sexual behavior of youth in Thailand (Bangkok, 2012)

1 In front of one of the collaborating hospitals in socio-epidemiological study on antiretroviral treatment adherence and food insecurity in D.R.Congo (Kinshasa, 2012)

Recent Publications

1.Musumari PM, Tangmunkongvorakul A, Techasrivichien T, Suguimoto SP, Ono-Kihara M, Kihara M, Chariyalertsak S.. Prevalence and Correlates of HIV Testing among Young People Enrolled in Non-formal Education Centers in Urban Chiang Mai, Thailand: A cross-sectional study. PLoS One (Accepted on March 31, 2016)
2.Lukhele BW, Techasrivichien T, Musumari1 PM, El-saaidi1 C, Suguimoto SP, Ono-Kihara M, Kihara M. Multiple Sexual partnerships And Their Correlates Among Facebook users In Swaziland: An Online Cross-Sectional Study. Afr J Pub Health (Accepted on March 27, 2016)
3.Techasrivichien T, Punpuing S, Musumari PM, Lukhele BW, El-Saaidi C, Suguimoto SP, Ono-Kihara M, Kihara M. Changes in Sexual Behavior and Attitudes across Generations and Gender among a Population-based Probability Sample from an Urbanizing Province in Thailand. Archives of Sexual Behaviour. (2016) Feb; 45(2): 367-82
4.Suguimoto SP, Techasrivichien T, Musumari PM, El-saaidi C, Lukhele BW, Ono-Kihara M, Kihara M. Changing patterns of HIV epidemic in 30 years in East Asia. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. (2014). DOI 10.1007/s11904-014-0201-4.
5.Musumari PM, Wouters E, Kayembe PK, Kiumbu M, Mbikayi S, Suguimoto SP, Techasrivichien T, Lhukele BW, El-saaidi C, Piot P, Ono-Kihara M, Kihara M. Food insecurity is associated with increased risk of non-adherence to antiretroviral therapy among HIV-infected adults in the Democratic Republic of Congo: a cross-sectional study. PLoS One (2014) 9(1): e85327. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085327

Global Health and Socio-epidemiology

Masako Ono-Kihara, Associate Professor and Director of UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for Socio-epidemiological HIV Research
S.Pilar Suguimoto, Junior Associate Professor
Patou Musumari Masika, Assistant Professor
Teeranee Techasrivichien, Assistant Professor
TEL:075-753-4350  FAX: 075-753-4359