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Department of Biomedical Informatics
Division of Social Medicine

Graduate School of Medicine
Department of Health Informatics
School of Public Health

Department of
Health Informations
Division of Health Sciences and Nursing
Graduate School of Medicine
Department of Healthcare Information Management
The University of Tokyo Hospital

1. Our Mission and Keywords

 The Department of Biomedical Informatics aims to reform medical systems and make social contribution by applying information technology to medical and clinical field including medical economics and hospital management. The department develops innovative methods that are applicable to medical information systems in the boundary area of healthcare and information science, establishes infrastructures for information environment where medical information are utilized effectively, and applies knowledge and technique acquired through these efforts to medical and healthcare field.
 The main keywords of the target domain are medical and clinical information systems, next-generation electronic health record systems, virtual health care environment, computer representations and standardization of medical concepts, ontology, medical knowledge engineering, hospital epidemiology, quality assessment of healthcare, clinical and bioinformatics engineering, privacy protection and encryption, analysis of hospital management, safety management in healthcare.

  1. Current Active Research Projects

1) Development of the IT Infrastructure both for exchanging healthcare information and extended secondary use of clinical bigdata : The project has been mainly conducted under “The University of Tokyo, Center Of Innovation(COI) ‘Sustainable Life Care, Ageless Society’ Towards ‘Self-Managing Healthcare’ in Aging Society of Japan”

2) Project for developing infrastructure for medical information database (MID-NET) driven by MHLW (Japan Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare) and PMDA (Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency): The purpose of this project is to build a database at 10 cooperating medical institutions nationwide such as university hospitals, selected by MHLW through open recruitment of electronic medical information retained by the medical institutions. The project aims at establishing a link system of the medical information database covering 10 million patients nationwide in the future. The University of Tokyo Hospital is one of the leading cooperative hospital of this project and the professor Ohe is the chair of the management working group of the project.

3) Project for developing medical and clinical ontology database that represent relations among medical concepts of over 6000 diseases.

4) Medical artificial Intelligence (AI) research and development for advanced decision support systems used in clinical practices. It includes natural language processing, machine learning, deep learning, bigdata mining and integrated database technology.


  1. Teaching Staffs

Position/Title Name
Professor OHE, Kazuhiko M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(Collaborative staff)
IMAI, Takeshi Ph.D.
Associate Professor
(Collaborative staff)
KAWAZOE, Yoshimasa
Associate Professor
(Collaborative staff)
WAKI, Kayo
Assistant Professor ATARASHI, Hidenao Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor (University Hospital) YOKOTA, Shinichiro R.N.
Assistant Professor (University Hospital) DOI, Shunsuke Ph.D.
Project Research Associate IDA, Yusuke D.D.S., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Research Associate MORI, Ohmi R.N.
Research Associate YAMADA, Keiko M.D.
Research Associate NAGAE, Yugo M.P.H.
Research Associate Seki, Tomohisa M.D., Ph.D.


  1. Doctoral and Master’s Courses

1). 4-year Ph.D. Course in the Department of Biomedical Informatics of the Division of Social Medicine
The Department of Biomedical Informatics of the Division of Social Medicine offers the Medical Sciences doctoral course (4-year program) and admission is open to those who graduate from a 6-year program at the Faculty of Medicine (the School of Medicine), and those who complete the master course either in the University of Tokyo or any other institutions (not necessary to be a MD). Students will acquire Doctoral Degree (Ph.D.) of Social Medical Science with completion of required credits and passing a doctoral thesis.
2). 3-year Ph.D. Course and 2-year M.H.S course in the Department of Health Informatics at the Division of Health Sciences and Nursing

  The Department is a collaborating department with the Division of Health Sciences and Nursing at the Graduate School of Medicine, and it is called the Department of Health Medical Informatics.  At the Department of Health Medical Informatics within the Division of Health Sciences and Nursing, the department offers the Master course in Health Science and Nursing (2-year program) and the Health Sciences and Nursing doctoral course (3-year program). In the master course, students will acquire Master of Health Sciences with completion of required units and passing a master’s thesis. In the doctoral course, students will acquire Doctor of Health Sciences(Ph.D.) with completion of required credits and passing a doctoral thesis.

3). 2-year M.P.H and 1-year M.P.H in the Department of Health Informatics in the Shool of Public Health

We offer 2-year Master of Publics Health (M.P.H) course and the 1-year M.P.H program in the School of Publics Health. See the homepage of the Shool of Public Health.

4). 2-year M.M.S in the Department of Health Medical Informatics in the Medical Science Graduate Program

Graduate School of Medicine, the University of Tokyo, offers the master course in Medical Sciences. The course was established for students who graduate from faculties other than a 6-year program at Faculty of Medicine and eventually wish to advance to the Medical Sciences doctoral course of the University of Tokyo. It enables students to enroll in the department they plan to carry out their research for Doctor of Medical Science. (the entrance examination required for enrollment in Medical Sciences doctoral course) In this Master’s course, all students entering the course spend the first four months taking formal coursework for students of all divisions, and then will decide which department they wish to affiliate with. At the department students are expected to conduct their research for the Master and complete a master’s thesis in the last one and an half year. They will acquire the Master’s degree (in Medical Sciences) with completion of required credits and passing a master’s thesis.