Professor Kazuhiko Moji

Speciality / Research theme / Keywords
Human Ecology
Masters ProgrammeDoctoral Programme


PhD (Health Sciences), MSc (Health Sciences)

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  • Graduate School of Tropical Medicine & Global Health, Nagasaki University, Japan
  • Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University
  • School of Global Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto, Japan: Professor Emeritus


I graduated from the University of Tokyo (UT) in 1976 (BSc. in Health Sciences) , Then, I was in UT until I am 34 as a research student in the department of human ecology (1976-1978), a master course student (1978-1980), a PhD student (1980-1983), and a research associate (1983-1987). I joined to Nagasaki University in 1987, as an associate professor of public health at School of Medicine, then as a professor of community health at School of Allied Medical Sciences in 1999. From 2002, I moved to Nekken, Institute of Tropical Medicine as a professor at the Research Center for Tropical Infectious Diseases (RECTID). Between 2007 and 2013, I was in Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), Kyoto, as a project leader of “The RIHN Ecohealth project: Environmental Change and Infectious Diseases in Tropical Asia. After the RIHN Ecohealth project, I joined again to Nagasaki University, being professor and dean of the graduate school of international health development, which is the precursor of this graduate school of tropical medicine and global health.


Based on my back ground of human ecology, I will be teaching various aspects of bio-social approach to global health. Bio-medical science and epidemiology are very important part of global health. Yet, students need to acquire enough knowledge on wider bio-social context of each society which is shaping the health of the people, in order to contribute to the sustainable development goals of global health. Students need to understand people’s life, their environments, their society’s history, culture, social and political system, public health systems and so on. I will teach the following modules: Global Health in the autumn quarter, Health Promotion Ⅰand Ⅱ in the winter quarter. And I will serve as an organizer/coordinator for Health System and Policy Ⅰand Ⅱ, and Social Entrepreneurship.


I have been studying human ecology of people living in various environments in Asia, Africa and South America. Based on intensive field work in rural communities, I studied demographic events (death, pregnancy, birth and in/out migration), time-allocation of human activities, their interaction with environment, food acquisition, diet, energy and nutrient intake, and energy output. Then, I started to study health ecology of parasitic diseases such as schistosomiasis haematobium in Kenya, malaria in Indonesia and Lao P.D.R. and liver fluke infection in Lao P.D.R. I have been interested in ecohealth/human ecology approaches (non-pharmaceutical approaches) to reduce the burden of these parasitic diseases and to accelerate health transition.

The country/countries where you work currently

Currently: Lao P.D.R, and Indonesia
In the past: Japan, Kenya, Bolivia, Bangladesh, China, and Vietnam

Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

  1. Factors affecting alcohol drinking behaviour among secondary school students in Vientiane Province, Lao People’s Democratic Republic: a cross-sectional study, Thidatheb Kounnavong, Manithong Vonglokham, Kazuhiko Moji, Junko Okumura 2021 International health
  2. Presence of dogs and proximity to a wildlife reserve increase household level risk of tungiasis in Kwale, Kenya, Larson PS, Ono M, Changoma M, Goto K, Kaneko S, Moji K, Minakawa N. 2021 Jul Trop Med Health.5;49(1):54
  3. Factors affecting the choice of delivery place in a rural area in Laos: A qualitative analysis, Kawaguchi Y, Sayed AM, Shafi A, Kounnavong S, Pongvongsa T, Lasaphonh A, Xaylovong K, Sato M, Matsui M, Imoto A, Huy NT, Moji K. 2021 Aug PLoS One. 2;16(8):e0255193
  4. Barriers to the Digitization of Health Information: A Qualitative and Quantitative Study in Kenya and Lao PDR Using a Cloud-Based Maternal and Child Registration System, Numair T, Harrell DT, Huy NT, Nishimoto F, Muthiani Y, Nzou SM, Lasaphonh A, Palama K, Pongvongsa T, Moji K, Hirayama K, Kaneko S. 2021 Jun Int J Environ Res Public Health. 8;18(12):6196
  5. Impact of village health volunteer support on postnatal depressive symptoms in the remote rural areas of Lao People’s Democratic Republic: a cross-sectional study, Toyama N, Vongphoumy I, Uehara M, Sato C, Nishimoto F, Moji K, Pongvongsa T, Shirai K, Takayama T, Takahara M, Tamashiro Y, Endo Y, Kounnavong S, Kobayashi J. 2021 Mar Trop Med Health. 30;49(1):28.

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The world is full of contradictions and irrationalities. Imagine you come from a poor African or tropical Asian family. How would you avoid disease and survive? What would you eat? What would you do to stay alive? If you had no schooling and were illiterate, would you be able to live despite society’s disdainfulness? The starting point in international health development is saying to yourself, “for those people in poor countries, living itself is already a great achievement. As for me, who live in a blessed environment, what am I doing to make a difference?” Our answer is that we can learn and think, developing ourselves as useful human resources and take up our responsibilities according to our capacity. To achieve this goal, I will strive to make the School of Tropical Medicine and Global Health a meaningful place for education, research, and practice, together with the faculty and students.