Professor Taro Yamamoto

Speciality / Research theme / Keywords
International Health, Medical anthropology
Masters Programme


MD., PhD, PhD

Personal/work Web page addresses



NEKKEN, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University


He graduated from Nagasaki Medical School in 1990 and went on to post graduate school, obtaining two PhD on Virology and International Health from Nagasaki University and The University of Tokyo, respectively.  Since then, he has been working mainly as part of the academic staff in universities including Nagasaki University, Kyoto University as well as Cornell University.

Currently, he is a professor and the chairman of the Department of International Health at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nagasaki University. Before his current position he worked for three years as a senior advisor for International Health Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The country/countries where you work currently

  • Nepal
  • Andes
  • Tibet
  • Haiti
  • China

Five MOST IMPORTANT/INTERESTING recent publications

  1. Shirley V. Simpson, Sabin S. Nundu, Hiroaki Arima, Osamu Kaneko, Toshihiro Mita, Richard Culleton, Taro Yamamoto, The diversity of Plasmodium falciparum isolates from asymptomatic and symptomatic school-age children in Kinshasa province, Democratic Republic of Congo. Malar Jounal 22: 102. 2023.
  2. Jiwen Wu, Guoxi Cai, Yi Fan, Kazuhiko Arima, Yulan Lin, Liping Wong, Zhuo Zhang, Taro Yamamoto, Kouichi Morita, Akira Yoshikawa, Yixiao Lu, Kiyoshi Aoyagi. Acceptance and Preference for COVID-19 vaccine among Japanese residents at early stage of the epidemic in Japan. Vaccines 11(1) 157 2023.
  3. Ito H, Wada T, Ichinose G, Tanimoto J, Yoshimura J, Yamamoto T, MoritaS. Social dilemma in the excess use of antimicrobials incurring antimicrobial resistance. Scientific Reports. 12: 21084, 2022.
  4. Ito H, Shigeta K, Yamamoto T, Morita S. Exploring sexual contact networks by analyzing a nationwide commercial-sex review website. PLoS ONE. 17(11): e0276981, 2022.
  5. Hiroaki Arima, Akintije Simba Calliope, Hideki Fukuda, Theoneste Nzaramba, Marie Goretti Mukakarake,Takayuki Wada, Takashi Yorifuji, Leon Mutesa and Taro Yamamoto. Oral cleaning habits and the copy number of periodontal bacteria in pregnant women and its correlation with birth outcomes: an epidemiological study in Mibilizi, Rwanda. BMC Oral Health. 22: 428, 2022.


This course combines tropical medicine, public health, and social sciences such as medical anthropology and development economics, healthcare assistance and medical and public health policies as applied in the field. To work in developing countries today, it is vital to learn to take action on the basis of knowledge in a wide range of academic disciplines like these and a deep understanding of yourself, be it a positive or negative view. The Graduate School will be your entrance to such knowledge, understanding and action before you make further progress. I await students with a flexible and free way of thinking.