The Department of Social and Environmental Medicine, provides postgraduate courses leading to M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Tropical Medicine. Specialization is focusing on Social Medicine, Environmental Health and Toxicology, and Environmental Biotechnology.
The research activities involve both laboratory and field investigations. Efforts are concentrated on environmental and health impact assessment, especially of the development projects as well as the impacts of climate change. In addition, through a strong collaboration with Osaka University in Japan, the staff of the Department has worked at the Center of Excellence for Antibody Research (CEAR), which in 2011 received a U.S. patent for 20 clones of human monoclonal antibodies capable of neutralizing all four serotypes of the dengue virus.
In collaboration with the French research agencies-CIRAD, RPP Selta and the GREASE Network and AIT, research activities have been conducted on forecasting, assessing and mitigating risks from climate change and health, biodiversity and health, natural hazards and disasters, emerging and re-emerging diseases dynamics, access to water, food and ecosystems using environmental epidemiology and mathematical modeling.
Since 2008 up to present, one of the staff has been appointed as the Thai National Working Group Committee (NWGC)-Mekong Water Dialogues for Integrated Water Resources Management of Phase I and II through the support of the Finnish Government. Key issues of concern are improved livelihood security, human and ecosystem health, water quality, wetlands and ramsar sites enhancement in the Lower Mekong Region through participatory water governance, public policy and civil society involvement. The responsible agency is the International Union Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in collaboration with the NWGC of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Thailand and Viet Nam. Several field trips and meetings had been organized throughout the year 2012 among national and international participants in Bangkok, Ranong, Loei and Chaing Rai provinces.