Ryozo Matsuda is Professor of Community Health and Health Policy at the College of Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University. Before joining Ritsumeikan, he conducted research in collaboration with local public health departments at the Nara Medical University. His current main field is comparative health policy and systems research with focus on developed countries. He has also been continuously involved in policy research relevant to equity in health, inclusive health care, and the right to health. He has published a number of journal papers and book chapters, and edited books on health and social policy, and is currently serving as the president of the Japanese Society for the Political Economy of Health and Health Care.

Education and Professional Career

M. Sc. in Health Policy, Planning and Financing, University of London, 2002 Ph.D. in Medical Science, Nara Medical University, 1999 B.A. in Medicine, Kyoto University, 1998

Field of Specialization, Area of Research

comparative health care; institutions and care systems; user empowerment in health and social care; health policy; social policy; medical sociology


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