Professor Kiyoshi Aoyagi

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Public Health
Masters Programme



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Department of Public Health, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


  • 1979 – 1985 – Nagasaki University School of Medicine (undergraduate)
  • 1989 – 1989 – Nagasaki University Graduate School of Medicine
  • 1989 Nagasaki University Hospital (Orthopedics)
  • 1989 Tagawa City Hospital (Orthopedics)
  • 1991 Kitakyushu General Hospital (Orthopedics)
  • 1993 Mitsugi General Hospital (Orthopedics)
  • 1995 Hawaii Osteoporosis Center (Research fellow)
  • 1996 Nagasaki University Hospital (Orthopedics)
  • 1997 Public Health, Nagasaki University School of Medicine
  • 2002 Professor, Public Health, Nagasaki University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences 2007 Professor, Graduate School of International Health Development Nagasaki University


  • 1998 – present – Medical care & Public Health
  • 2001 – present – Thesis Research on Public Health
  • 2001 – present – Seminar on Public Health
  • 2001 – present – Practice on Public Health
  • 2002 – 2003 – First-year Seminar
  • 2004 – 2009 – Health Science
  • 2007 – 2014 – Environmental Health
  • 2012 – 2014 – Nutrition and Health


  • Epidemiology of bone health and lifestyle-related disease
  • Statistical analysis of rheumatoid arthritis

The country/countries where you work currently


Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

  1. Tamai M, Kita J, Nakashima Y, Suzuki T, Horai Y, Okada A, Koga T, Kawashiri SY, Iwamoto N, Ichinose K, Arima K, Yamasaki S, Nakamura H, Origuchi T, Uetani M, Fukushima A, Aoyagi K, Eguchi K, Kawakami A. Combination of MRI-detected bone marrow oedema with 2010 rheumatoid arthritis classification criteria improves the diagnostic probability of early rheumatoid arthritis. Ann Rheum Dis 73:2219-2220,(2014)
  2. Kitahara H, Ye Z, Aoyagi K, Ross PD, Abe Y, Honda S, Kanagae M, Mizukami S, Kusano Y, Tomita M, Shindo H, Osaki M. Associations of vertebral deformities and osteoarthritis with back pain among Japanese women: the Hizen-Oshima study. Osteoporos Int. 24(3):907-915,(2013)
  3. Osaki M, Tatsuki K, Hashikawa T, Norimatsu T, Chiba K, Motokawa S, Furuichi I, Doiguchi Y, Aoyagi K, Shindo H. Beneficial effect of risedronate for preventing recurrent hip fracture in the elderly Japanese women. Osteoporosis Int 23(2): 695-703,(2012)
  4. Tamai M, Kawakami A, Iwamoto N, Kawashiri SY, Fujikawa K, Aramaki T, Kita J, Okada A, Koga T, Arima K, Kamachi M, Yamasaki S, Nakamura H, Ida H, Origuchi T, Aoyagi K, Uetani M, Eguchi K.Comparative study of the detection of joint injury in early-stage rheumatoid arthritis by MRI of wrist and finger joints and physical examination, Arthritis Care Res, 63(3):436-439(2011)
  5. Abe Y, Takamura N, Ye Z, Tomita M, Osaki M, Kusano Y, Nakamura T, Aoyagi K, Honda S.Quantitative ultrasound and radiographic absorptiometry are associated with vertebral deformity in Japanese Women:the Hizen-Oshima study.Osteoporos Int, 22(4):1167-1173(2010)


Tropical medicine generally concerns developing countries and the problems of community health and disease. In the class, we also cover the basic concepts of public health, policies and measures. In the process of “health transition”, many developing countries have an aging population with a growing number of patients exhibiting heart/cerebrovascular disease and malignant tumors, while traditional infectious diseases are yet to be overcome. In Japan, on the other hand, deaths from infectious diseases have declined, while non-infectious diseases such as heart/cerebrovascular diseases and malignant tumors account for 60% of deaths. We study Japan’s past public health policies and current and future public health measures so as to draw lessons for application to developing countries.