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Graduate Program in Environmental Health Sciences (GPEHS)

In recent decades, the importance of environmental issues such as climate change and environmental pollution has become increasingly obvious. In order to develop an environmentally sustainable society, the need for individuals who are capable of seeing environmental problems from multiple perspectives has also become clear. With the aim of fostering such individuals, the Graduate Program in Environmental Health Sciences (GPEHS) was established in April 1991. GPEHS has three courses. The Global, Regional, and Local Environments Course consists of five laboratories: Atmospheric Environment, Aquatic and Soil Environment,Physical Chemistry, Plant and Environmental Sciences, andEnvironmental Microbiology. The Environmental Life Sciences Courseconsists of four laboratories: Radiation Biology, Biochemistry and Toxicology, Physiology, and Molecular Reproductive Biology. The Environmental Symbiosis Course consists of three laboratories: Chemical Reaction, Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Policy.

GPEHS offers Master of Science and Doctoral Degrees in Environmental Studies. We place a strong emphasis on both research and teaching. The mission of GPEHS is to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the processes that create and shape our environment. Students are trained to become informed, critical thinkers capable of scientifically evaluating complex environmental issues. Student development is carried out through interdisciplinary, field-based research projects that have societal relevance. Students learn by working on "real-world" problems that result in findings which have practical social application. In this way, GPEHS helps students to take multiple perspectives in thinking and to develop their future vision, and in doing so nurtures scientific specialists who can apply their science to the improvement of society's standard of living. GPEHS accepts applications from qualified researchers and students from both Japan and abroad.

Yuko Ibuki, Prof & PhD

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