Professor of community health sciences and sociology
Naoko Muramatsu’s research focuses on the social, cultural, policy and system factors that shape health and caregiving experiences in aging individuals, and aims to improve the quality of long-term care systems. She has been the principal investigator of studies funded by the National Institute on Aging that examine how state-, community-, and individual-level factors influence the well-being of older adults. Her current research develops cost-effective, sustainable community-based health promotion programs in partnership with older adults, caregivers, community-based organizations, and multidisciplinary research teams.
Muramatsu is a professor in the division of community health sciences in the UIC School of Public Health and in the department of sociology in the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She conducts her research at the Institute for Health Research and Policy, where she is recognized as a fellow.
She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she earned a doctoral degree in health services organization and policy and master’s degrees in sociology and health services administration. Muramatsu has received a number of awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship. She is currently on the editorial board of The Gerontologist.
- Long-term care policy
- Social determinants of health
- Cross-cultural studies
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