RIJS People Faculty
Professor of Social Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Heath and
Associate Professor of Medicine (Epidemiology)
Harvard Medical School
Ichiro Kawachi is on the faculty of both the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health where he has taught since 1992. His research focuses on the origins of health disparities, such as the impact of neighborhood contexts on health behaviors and outcomes. Professor Kawachi is the author of over 300 articles on the social and economic determinants of population health. He was the co-editor (with Lisa Berkman) of the first textbook on Social Epidemiology (Oxford, 2000). Other books include The Health of Nations (with Bruce Kennedy, The New Press, 2002), Neighborhoods and Health (with Lisa Berkman, Oxford, 2003), Globalization and Health (with Sarah Wamala, Oxford, 2006), and Social Capital and Health (co-edited with S.V. Subramanian and Daniel Kim, Springer, 2008). Professor Kawachi has been a member of the MacArthur Network on SES and Health since 1998. He also currently serves as the Senior Editor (Social Epidemiology) of the international journal Social Science & Medicine, as well as an Editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology. He has served as a consultant to the Pan-American Health Organization/WHO and the World Bank. Most recently, he served as Special Advisor to the Measurement Knowledge Network of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health.