Center for Gender-Specific/Gender-Sensitive Health Sciences Research and Practice

What is “GSH-Gender-Specific/Gender-Sensitive Health”?

-- It’s a new discipline encompassing Health Sciences, Social Participation and Technical Innovation.

Men’s and women’s health problems are different. Gender differences in health are determined not only by biology but also by social and cultural factors, such as lifestyle, community, customs, and traditions.

The term“Gender-Specific/Gender-Sensitive Health”(GSH) refers to health research, practices and promotion specifically concerned with, and sensitive to, differences in sex and/or gender.

For the woman who hesitates to undergo uterine cervical cancer screening because she is ashamed or has difficulty leaving home due to family responsibilities, or for the business person who is worried that he might die from overwork but can’t leave his office, we need to approach health problems comprehensively, addressing people’s consciousness of their gender role, social factors and social structures. We also need to recognize the potential of the new and rapidly evolving discipline of GSH and its visionary stakeholders to be a catalyst for technical innovation, business development and positive local economic impact.

Since the 1980s, health professionals in the United States have adopted an increasingly serious approach towards the impacts of sexual and gender differences on health and their implications for the medical economy. In more recent years, the demographic challenge of an aging population has driven policy makers to recognize the relevance and application of Gender Specific Medicine (GSM) and its key role in modern society. In Japan, GSM has been adopted and developed in several areas of health policy and medical practice. For example, Japan’s policy for Health, “Healthy Japan 21”, advocates health promotion targetted at the various stages of people’s lives and at sex differences. Health care programs feature identification of vulnerable groups, health screening at key life stages, preventative medicine and self-care. In our Center for Gender-Specific/Gender-Sensitive Health Sciences Research and Practice, we advocate and promote Gender-Specific/Gender-Sensitive Health. The center’s focus is not only in the medical area, but also on people’s lives as a whole and their involvement in the community.

The Center for Gender-Specific/Gender-Sensitive Health Sciences Research and Practice

The Center for Gender-Specific/Gender-Sensitive Health Sciences Research and Practice was established by the Graduate School of Health Sciences, Niigata University, as part of “The Niigata University Action Plan 2009”. This action plan presents the university’s goals and practices. Our center is based on “Act 5: Medical support for our community and society”.


Our Mission

  1. By focusing on specific communities, cultures, customs and industry in Niigata, we promote GSH to men and women.
  2. By addressing health problems which may prevent social participation, we contribute positively toward gender equality and social inclusion in our society.
  3. By adopting the perspective of an aging society, we support health care for elderly people and contribute positively through the reduction and prevention of health problems, thereby decreasing medical costs.
  4. By organizing the active participation of all information stakeholders, and by networking and collaborating with government agencies, citizens’ groups, industry, universities and researchers, we promote GSH in the local community and in society as a whole.
  5. By sharing and disseminating information about our approach and GSH outcomes locally, nationally and internationally, we contribute positively to the advancement of human knowledge and understanding.

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Mailing Address:
Center for GSH Research and Practice
School of Health Sciences Faculty of Medicine Niigata University 746,2-banncho, Asahimachi-dori, Chuo-ku, Niigata 951-8518, Japan