Ichiro Kawachi

ikawachiIchiro Kawachi, MB.Ch.B., Ph.D., is John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Social Epidemiology, and Chair of the Social & Behavioral Sciences Department at the Harvard School of Public Health.  Kawachi received both his medical degree and Ph.D. (in epidemiology) from the University of Otago, New Zealand.  He has taught at the Harvard School of Public Health since 1992. He is the co-editor (with Lisa Berkman and Maria Glymour) of Social Epidemiology, published by Oxford University Press (new & revised edition 2014). He has edited a number of other books including Neighborhoods and Health (Oxford University Press, 2003); Globalization and Health (Oxford University Press, 2006); Social Capital and Health (Springer, 2008); the Oxford Handbook of Public Health Practice (Oxford University Press, 2013), and Behavioral Economics and Public Health (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).  His current NIH-funded research is focused on the longitudinal impacts of community social cohesion/social capital on functional recovery after the March 11, 2011 Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami. In 2013, he launched a massive, open online course (MOOC) through HarvardX called “Health and Society” (PHx 201), in which 38,000 participants registered from throughout the world. Kawachi serves on the Editorial Board of American Journal of Epidemiology. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences.