Overview of the center

Establishment of the Research Center for Health Policy and Economics

As health spending is increasing at an alarming rate in this super-ageing society, establishing a sustainable healthcare system has become a key societal challenge to Japan.


In order to contribute in solving problems related to healthcare and social security with high-level social science researches, Hitotsubashi University has launched the Research Center for Health Policy and Economics in the Hitotsubashi Institute for Advanced Study (HIAS) in February 2016.

Mission

We are to inform national and international health policies through rigorous social science research.

Vision

We are to make recommendations for Evidence Based Policy Making with rigorous evidence and theoretical thinking, which will underpin efficient allocation of scarce healthcare resources.

Three objectives

・Advancing research in Health Economics

  

To pursue advanced research in the field of Health Policy and Health Economics by utilizing methodologies and knowledge from economics, finance, accounting, business administration, sociology and various other social science.


・Educating high-level Health Economics professional

  

To develop professionals with advanced academic knowledge of social science relating healthcare and being capable of taking a comprehensive and panoramic view of sustainable society.

In 2017, Hitotsubashi University Graduate School of Economics launched the Health Economics Program, as one of the Advanced Professional Education Programs, for master’s students. And a short-term intensive program for professionals is planned to start from 2018.


・Building a research and education network

  

To establish a network for research on health economics by strengthening collaboration with researchers in various fields such as Medicine, Pharmacology, Engineering as well as Social Sciences and with institutions of healthcare, the government and private sectors.

事業目的のための連携図

Key Characteristics of the center

・Interdisciplinary research


Researchers with diverse academic background gather and conduct cross-sectoral social science researches in such fields as Economics, Finance, Social Security, Accounting, Management, Law etc.

Because knowledge in practice of healthcare and medical engineering are indispensable to pursue health economics research, the center is collaborating with research institutes of those fields. For instance, we are collaborating with the Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) and the Tokyo Institute of Technology.


・Reflecting the latest research results in policy making

  

Many of members and adjuncts members are serving as a committee member of governmental advisory commissions and working groups and through their activities the center’s latest research results are reflected in the social security policy making.


・Interaction between research and education

  

Cutting-edge knowledge acquired through advanced research at the center will be incorporated in the educational programs, the Health Economics Program and the Executive Program, to develop health policy and health economics professionals.

On the other hand, the feedback from education setting is utilized in the researches.


事業の特徴の組織図

・International collaboration

  

The center commits the research collaboration with research institutes abroad such as Singapore Management University (SMU), University of York, UK, and other institutes.

The center, together with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), is working on social scientific impact evaluation study of implementation of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Republic of Senegal which is supported by Japanese government.