Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine
Yoshida Konoe-cho
Kyoto 606-8501, Japan

1. Brief History

Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine

Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine has a long history that spans well over a century. Since it was founded in 1899 as Kyoto Imperial University College of Medicine, the School has always attracted many students and researchers.

The Graduate School of Medicine currently offers four majors: Medicine, Medical Science, Public Health and Human Health Science. The school provides students with an insight into leading-edge clinical science, with each major comprising a broad array of programs covering virtually all aspects of medical research, including basic, clinical and social medicine, and medical technology.

In 2006, the graduate course amalgamated six majors into one, removing the traditional barriers between them. In addition, the school has established cross-disciplinary educational courses which provide specialized training programs for researchers. The Graduate School of Medicine aims to guide students to understand and appreciate the philosophy and social implications of medical research, and prepare them to become leading international clinicians and researchers.

Kyoto University School of Public Health

Kyoto University School of Public Health was established in 2000, and was the first institution of its kind in Japan, offering the degrees of Master of Public Health (MPH) and Doctor of Public Health (DrPH). The school explores the integrated socio-ecological approach for health, referred to as the “New Public Health.”

To meet the new health challenges of the 21st century, it combines classic public health fields such as communicable and chronic disease control, family health, nutrition and environmental health with new fields such as clinical epidemiology, pharmacoepidemiology, socioepidemiology, behavial science, health promotion, informatics, economics, and ethics. This innovative approach to public health is pursued by the school’s eighteen departments, which welcome motivated students and professionals from around the world with diverse backgrounds, including the medical, natural and social sciences..

Nobel Prize laureates:

  • Hideki Yukawa (Physics, 1949)
  • Shinichiro Tomonaga (Physics, 1965)
  • Kenichi Fukui (Chemistry, 1981)
  • Susumu Tonegawa (Physiology and Medicine, 1987)
  • Ryoji Noyori (Chemistry, 2001)
  • Makoto Kobayashi (Physics, 2008)
  • Toshihide Maskawa (Physics, 2008)
  • Shinya Yamanaka (Physiology or Medicine, 2012)

2. Key Facts

1897 Kyoto Imperial University was founded
1899 The School of Medicine was established
2000 School of Public Health was opened in Graduate School of Medicine


259 Faculty Members
(as of May 2013 / Graduate School of Medicine, including School of Public Health)


1,313 Undergraduate Students
1,046 Graduate Students
(as of May 2013 / Graduate School of Medicine, including School of Public Health)

3. Research

Kyoto University states its mission to sustain and develop its historical commitment to academic freedom and to pursue harmonious coexistence within the human and ecological community on this planet.

Research fields include the following institutes and centers:

  • EBM Research Center
  • Translational Research Center
  • Institute of Laboratory Animals
  • Biofrontier Platform
  • Congenital Anomaly Research Center
  • Center for Anatomical Studies
  • Human Brain Research Center
  • Center for Genomic Medicine
  • Center for Medical Education
  • Support Center
  • Medical Library
  • Takai Research Center
  • Sugiura Community Care Research Center

4. Partnerships and Programs

Partner Universities:
Sister Institution Relationship
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Academic Cooperation and Student Exchange

  • China Medical University
  • Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology
  • Fudan University Shanghai Medical College
  • Peking University Health Science Center
  • China-Japan Friendship Hospital
  • Yonsei University College of Medicine
  • Seoul National University College of Medicine
  • Hanoi Medical University
  • University of Peradeniya Faculty of Medicine / Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, and Faculty of Science, MAHIDOL University
  • National Taiwan University College of Medicine
  • Kaohsiung Medical University College of Medicine
  • Universite Bordeaux Segalen,
  • Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire de Bordeaux
  • NeuroSpin, Life Sciences Division, Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission
  • Max-Delbruck-Centrum fur Molekulare Medizin
  • IFOM, The FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology Foundation/IEO, The European Institute of Oncology/SEMM, The European School of Molecular Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

5. Trivia


Self-Reliant Learning

6. Useful Links


Kyoto University:
Graduate School of Medicine:
School of Public Health: Japanese page available)

Social Media:

Facebook(only Japanese page available)