National Institute of Public Health of Japan
The institute was established in 2002 as part of a reorganization of national health organizations. It integrates the former Institute of Public Health, the former National Institute of Health Services Management, and part of the Department of Oral Science from the National Institute of Infectious Disease. It is located in the city of Wakō in Saitama Prefecture.
The mission of the institute is to train professionals working in the fields of public health, environmental hygiene, and social welfare, and to conduct research in those areas. It is divided into 15 research and education departments, and houses an information center that distributes periodic bulletins to more than 2000 institutions in Japan and overseas.
In 2005, about 4,300 trainees attended educational programs at the institute.
- 1938: The Institute of Public Health was founded under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
- 1940: Renamed the Welfare National Science Laboratory and merged with a nutritional institute under the jurisdiction of the Interior Ministry.
- 1942: Integrated into the Health and Welfare Research Laboratory, under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
- 1946: Reestablished as the Institute of Public Health.
- 2002: Reorganized as the National Institute of Public Health.
The former building of the institute was designed by architect Yoshikazu Uchida and was built in the Shirokanedai district of Tokyo with financial assistance from the American Rockefeller Foundation. Currently it is unoccupied, but it has been designated a historic structure by the Architectural Institute of Japan, which is working to have it preserved and renovated.
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