NTU's institutional predecessor was Taihoku Imperial University, founded in 1928 by the Japanese colonial administration. Now, the university has 11 colleges, with 54 departments and 103 graduate institutes, plus four university-level research centers: Population and Gender Studies Center, Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, Center for Biotechnology, and Bio-diversity Research Center. The total number of students, including those enrolled at the School of Professional and Continuing Studies, has grown to over 33,000, including over 17,000 university students and 15,000 graduate students. Now, the number of graduate students at NTU almost equals the number of university students, which indicates that NTU has successfully been transformed into a research university.
The Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene was established in 1993. This is the first graduate institute majoring in occupational medicine and industrial hygiene in Taiwan. The mission of the Institute is to advance the health of all people in occupational and community settings in Taiwan, Asia and around the world through teaching, research and services in occupational and environmental health. Faculty members in the institute investigate causes, risks, mechanisms, biomarkers, and prevention measures of environmentally and occupationally related health issues, provide advanced education programs of occupational health with master and doctoral degrees, and provide scientifically based public health services to the public, governments, industries, and the labors. Research approaches range from the molecular to the epidemiologic, in physical scales of nano- to macro-, and by multiple disciplines of physical, chemical, biological, sociobehavioral sciences and ergonomics. In most occasions, we have tried to tackle important public health problems that require integrated contributions of many advanced specialties. This institute collaborates closely with the College of Medicine and the National Taiwan University Hospital, especially the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, and Toxicology, for the promotion of environmental and Occupational Health domestically and internationally.