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[CLOSED] 2019 ADB Scholarship Information

School of International Health, The University of Tokyo offers advanced research opportunities under the Asian Development Bank-Japan Scholarship Program (ADB-JSP) for overseas students from ADB member countries. The scholarship includes round travel fees between the scholar’s home country and Japan, entrance and tuition fees, subsistence allowance and some other allowances.

To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must:

  1. be a citizen or national of an ADB member country
  2. have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with a superior academic record. In Japan, an individual is required to be enrolled in school for at least 16 years in order to complete a bachelor’s degree. For applicants who have obtained their master’s degree in their home country and have completed it only within 16 years, their master’s level education may be counted as only be equivalent to a Japanese bachelor’s degree. The bachelor’s degree equivalent will be determined by the School of International Health
  3. have full-time professional working experience for at least two years in the field of health/medical science
  4. be aged below 35 years
  5. not be military personnel
  6. be able to arrive in Japan between 1st and 10th of April 2020
  7. agree to return to his/her home country after completion of studies under the Program
  8. not be living or working in a country other than his/her home country
  9. have proficiency in oral and written English communication skills to be able to pursue studies
  10. be in good health.

See SIH website for the latest information.
Deadline for application: May 31, 2019

Application Guide [PDF]
Information Sheet [PDF] [Word]
Application Form [PDF] [Word]


The field of human ecology encompasses a wide range of perspectives in an effort to understand human health in relation to adaptation to physical and social environments. To this end, we use methodologies developed in human biology, nutritional sciences, anthropology, demography, environmental health, and urban ecology.

The major topics of our studies include:

  1. Health impact of exposure to heavy metals, air pollution, unhealthy urban structures, and ecosystem degradation;
  2. The roles of gut microbiota in nutritional adaptation and the evolution of human populations;
  3. Mitigation of the health impacts of aging and depopulation at community/national scales;
  4. Biological and behavioral explanations of low fertility and fecundity during the post-demographic transition period;
  5. Behavioral and nutritional adaptation of human populations in Asia and Oceania; and
  6. Medical anthropology.


For Prospective Students


The Department of Human Ecology (DHE) offers Master’s and PhD programs for students who have an interest in the ecology of health and survival of human populations. Graduates of our course proceed to academic positions at universities and research institutes all over the world. For details about the entrance examination, see the website of School of International Health (SIH).

Studying at DHE

Master’s students are required to take courses in human ecology and relevant subjects to learn basic methodologies and gain knowledge of global health issues. The students are also required to conduct research and write a Master’s thesis under the supervision of faculty members. All members of the department meet at least twice a week: at “Lunch Meetings”, where each member reports what s/he learned over the last 7 days and what s/he plans to do for the next 7 days; and at “Journal Club”, where one member of the department discusses novel findings reported in recently published scientific papers. In addition to regular supervision by the faculty, students report their research progress to the entire department every 2 months and receive feedback.

Students who graduate from the Master’s program will gain an understanding of theories and methodologies pertaining to human ecology, and will be able to plan and conduct individual studies, perform basic statistical analysis, and write scientific papers. Students who complete PhD programs are expected to lead research teams in the search for novel findings.

We typically hold a welcoming party under the cherry blossoms in April. The alumni meeting in June/July is a good opportunity to meet individuals who graduated from DHE and are working as researchers in various universities/institutions. A year-end party is also held, with invitations extended to former professors of the department. We commemorate students who complete the Master’s and PhD programs in a farewell party in March. Furthermore, the SIH organizes a summer seminar, where there are opportunities to communicate with students and faculty from other departments in SIH.


All lectures are given in English. Although it is not necessary to learn Japanese to complete a graduate education program at SIH, we recommend that students learn Japanese to make their stay in Tokyo more enjoyable.

Suggested readings


Recent Doctoral Theses

  • FY2017

Kyi Mar WAI
Impact of prenatal heavy metals exposure on birth outcomes and newborns leucocytes telomere length in Myanmar

  • FY2016

Psychological impact of rural-to-urban migration on those left behind in rural Fujian, China

  • FY2015

The double burden of malnutrition within household: An investigation of diet and physical activity in West Java, Indonesia

  • FY2014

Yosuke INOUE
The association between economic development, lifestyle differentiation and C-reactive protein concentrations within rural communities in Hainan Island, China

Effects of short-term exposure to ambient particulate matter and temperature on lung function of school children in Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • FY2012

Influence of gender and genetic polymorphisms on inorganic arsenic metabolism and oxidative stress among arsenic-exposed Bangladeshi Population

Recent Master’s Theses

  • FY2018

Dietary and behavioral factors associated with blood pressure and body composition: a study in a rural community of Laos

Maricor Carmela Amoguis IEIRI
Family environment and nutritional status of school children in Cebu, Philippines: a socio-ecological approach

Richard III Flores Carino
What is the pioneer fetal microbiome in gestation?
A culture-based and 16S rRNA-based investigation of mice

  • FY2017

Dietary determinants of nutritional status of Karen children in a mountainous area in Tak province, Thailand: Investigation using direct food weighing, food frequency questionnaire, and anthropometry

MST Roksana KHAN
The association between short-term exposure to fine particulate matter and daily emergency room visits at a cardiovascular hospital in Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • FY2016

Preterm birth rates in Japan and their associated factors: Analysis of national vital statistics and Internet-based survey data

  • FY2015

Marinjho Emely Hilla JONDUO
Lifestyle, nutritional status and microbiota: An association study in Papua New Guinea Highlands

The choice and perception of drinking water among slum area residents in Bandung city, Indonesia

  • FY2014

The association between the neighborhood food environment and dietary intake among elderly people in a metropolitan suburb: a case study in Kisarazu, Japan

Jennifer Tokiko FILLMAN
Effects of arsenic and cadmium exposure on salivary telomere length and cognitive function in adolescents in Terai, Nepal

Shao-Ming CHEN
Risk factors of severe hand, foot, mouth disease in Hainan Island, China

  • FY2013

Ayesha KABIR
The association between temperature and hospital visits for asthma in a subtropical city, Dhaka

Mumtaz BEGUM
Intestinal permeability and growth faltering of 6-24-month-old children in Chitral district, Pakistan

  • FY2012

Physical activity and neighborhood environment in heavy snowfall areas: The roles of “gangi-dori”

Chiyuki HIRATA
Study on food intake and physical activity pattern of Sundanese villagers in West Java, Indonesia

Impacts of lifestyle changes on “stress” in minority populations in Hainan Island, China

Ping Han SER
Effects of arsenic exposure during pregnancy on maternal and infant immunoglobulin G levels in Bangladesh


Staff & Students



Masahiro Umezaki

Associate Professor

Shoko Konishi

Assistant Professors

Satoko Kosaka
Lena Takayasu

Administrative Staff

Masayo Owada

Doctoral students

Yuki Mizuno
Maricor Carmela Amoguis Ieiri
Richard III Flores Carino
Caroline Kaori Tomo

Master’s students

Daiki Ina
Mihoko Kibe
Yuta Yamanaka
Ami Takubo
Kyu Hur

Undergraduate students

Kisuke Hamasaki
Yuki Nagai

Visiting researchers

Atsushi Nobayashi (Professor, National Museum of Ethnology)
Kazumi Natsuhara (Professor, Toho University)
Shinsuke Tomita (Associate Professor, Nagoya University)

Yohei Inaba (Chief Senior Researcher ,National Institute of Public Health)



See HERE for our publication list.



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