Social Epidemiology

Naoki Kondo,MD, PhD. Professor & Chief btn

We study social determinants of health and how to achieve health equity. Social determinants of health at the levels of society and community include income inequality, economic crises, and social capital; and those at individual level include income, educational attainment, occupation, and interpersonal relationships. We have also conduct intervention studies aiming to achieve health equity in the community.

Research and Education

After Prof. Kondo’s participation in this lab in September 2020, this lab has involved with the following studies.
1) Japan Gerontological Evaluation Study: the longitudinal study on social determinants of older adults’ health involving over 200 thousand people living in 60 municipalities in Japan and two regions in other Asian countries.
2) Social prescribing: Building the close partnerships between medical care and community welfare services and local communities, never to bring patients back to the place which made them sick.
3) Fun collaborative studies with business sector: Building social services to reduce health inequality, applying for the latest behavior scientific theories and evidence.
4) collaborative study with multiple disciplines: aiming to achieve a better future harmonizing between the planet, living nature, and human.

Our monograph on healthy ageing, published with WHO (download:

Recent Publications

1.Sato K*, Amemiya A, Haseda M, Takagi D, Kanamori M, Kondo K, Kondo N. Post-disaster Changes in Social Capital and Mental Health: A Natural Experiment from the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2020.DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwaa041
2.Kanamori M*, Kondo N, Juarez S, Dunlavy A, Cederström A, Rostila M. Rural life and suicide: Does the effect of the community context vary by country of birth? A Swedish registry-based multilevel cohort study. Soc Sci Med 2020;253:112958.
3.Nansai K*, Fry J, Malik A, Takayanagi W, Kondo N. Carbon footprint of Japanese health care services from 2011 to 2015. Resources Conservation and Recycling 2020;152:104525.
4.Nagatomo W, Saito J, Kondo N*. Effectiveness of a low-value financial-incentive program for increasing vegetable-rich restaurant meal selection and reducing socioeconomic inequality: a cluster crossover trial. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2019;16:81.
5.Haseda M, Takagi D, Kondo K, Kondo N*. Effectiveness of community organizing interventions on social activities among older residents in Japan: A JAGES quasi-experimental study. Soc Sci Med 2019;240:112527.

Social Epidemiology

Professor: Naoki Kondo
Assistant Professor:Maho Haseda
Researcher:Andrew Stickley
Researcher:Koryu Sato
JSPS SPD:Shiho Kino