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Environmental Health

    The Institute of Environmental Health, established in August 1996, was originally the Division of Environmental Health and Management in the Institute of Public Health (IPH). The Institute of Public Health was organized in 1951 based on the Institute of Tropical Medicine, which was established in Japanese ruling era. In its early stage, the IPH filled the role of conducting public health research and training the on-the-job personnel for local public health services. In 1961, the IPH began to provide two master programs, the Preventive Medicine and the Public Health. In 1985, the IPH initiated the Ph.D. programs including the Environmental Health Program for training specialists in environmental health. To meet the needs of the society, the Ministry of Education authorized the establishment of the Division of Environmental Health and Management in 1991. The division disaffiliated itself from the IPH to become the Institute of Environmental Health (IEH) in August 1996. In 1998, the Ph.D. program, original part of the IPH programs, was also incorporated into the newly established IEH. Based on the expertise of the faculty, the IEH focuses the teaching and research on the following fields: conventional environmental health, environmental health technology, environmental health management, environmental toxicology, and environmental epidemiology. The goal is to train students solidly on environmental health, disease prevention, and health promotion, either in research or in practice. The graduates are active in industry, government, as well as academia at the role of technicians, administers, or researchers. The function of environmental health to disease prevention as well as health promotion evolves with the changes of the society. Upon the evolution, the IEH is pursuing close collaboration with other institutes, in addition to expanding faculty members and instrumentation. On the basis of health sciences, we are applying the state-of-the-art technology and management to prepare students for the demands of industry and government, which will ensure the students having great potential to plan and execute the work for environmental protection and sustainable development. Studies of faculty/student presently concentrate on air pollution, water sanitation, bioaerosol, environmental toxicology, environmental epidemiology, environmental microbiology, industrial hygiene, physical environment and so on. Results are presented in relevant journals and conferences. Looking to the future, the IEH will integrate the modern administrative knowledge, life sciences, and environmental protection technology into conventional environmental health in order to continuously play an active role in education, research, and services in environmental health.