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Yale School of Public Health

Yale School of Public Health
Established 1915
Type Private
Dean Paul Cleary
Students 246
11 MS
178 MPH
52 PhD

5 Joint Degree
Location New Haven, Connecticut,  United States

The Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) was founded in 1915 by Charles-Edward Amory Winslow and is one of the oldest public health masters programs in the United States. It is consistently rated among the best schools of public health in the country, receiving recent rankings of 3rd for its doctoral program in Epidemiology [1] and 13th for its Master of Public Health program.[2] YSPH has a unique hybrid existence with the Yale School of Medicine, as it is both a department (established in 1915) within the School of Medicine as well as an independent, CEPH-certified[3] school of public health (established in 1946). According to the school's website, the community benefits greatly from the Yale School of Public Health's dual roles of providing a world–class education as an accredited, fully functioning school, and by conducting cutting–edge, interdisciplinary research through its collaborative departmental partnerships at the School of Medicine and across the Yale campus.[4]


The Yale School of Public Health provides a very traditional program with no distance learning or weekend classes, and a low student to faculty ratio.[5] YSPH awards Master of Public Health degrees as well as Master of Science and Ph.D degrees through the Yale Graduate School. Programs of study include biostatistics, chronic disease epidemiology, environmental health sciences, epidemiology of microbial diseases, health management, health policy and administration, and social and behavioral sciences. YSPH also offers a global health concentration, which must be taken in conjunction with one of the core programs. The school also offers a one-year Advanced Professional MPH program for students who have already attained an advanced degree and a five-year BA/MPH program for students of Yale College. In addition, the School of Public Health offers joint degrees in divinity (MDIV/MPH and MAR/MPH), forestry and environmental studies (MF/MPH, MFS/MPH, MESC/MPH, and MEM/MPH), law (JD/MPH), management (MBA/MPH), nursing (MSN/MPH), international and development economics (MA/MPH), international affairs and cultural studies (MA/MPH with the MacMillan Center), and physician associate studies (MMSC/MPH).[6]

YSPH students may take classes at the College and several of the University's graduate or professional schools if they find them relevant to their course of study. This includes the Yale Divinity School, Yale Law School, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Yale School of Fine Arts, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale School of Nursing, Yale School of Drama, and Yale School of Management.


Admissions to the Yale School of Public Health is highly competitive and class sizes are the smallest among top-tier graduate public health programs around the country. Total enrollment in 2008 was 246 students (65 male, 181 female), with 98% maintaining full-time status.[7] The incoming MPH class of 2009 consisted of 125 students (36% male, 64% female, 15% students of color, and 18% international), and represented 88 schools and 31 states. YSPH does not report average GPA or GRE scores of incoming students.[8]

Mission statement

The School of Public Health at Yale University provides leadership to protect and improve the health of the public. Through innovative research, policy analysis, and education that draws upon multidisciplinary scholarship from across the graduate and professional programs at Yale, the school serves local, national, and international communities with its knowledge and expertise.[4]


Founded in 1915, Yale’s School of Public Health is one of the oldest of the nationally accredited schools of public health. It began when, in 1914, the University received an endowment from the Anna M.R. Lauder family to establish a chair in public health at the Yale Medical School. This chair was filled a year later by Charles-Edward Amory Winslow, who was and is still considered to be the “founder of public health” at Yale.

In its early years, Winslow’s Department of Public Health at Yale was a catalyst for public health reform in Connecticut, and the health surveys prepared by him and his faculty and students led to considerable improvements in public health organization. He also successfully campaigned to improve health laws in Connecticut, as well as for the passage of a bill that created the State Department of Public Health. Drawing on principles and expertise in existing departments at the School of Medicine to supplement public health courses, Winslow focused on educating undergraduate medical students in the context of preventive medicine. He established a one–year program leading to a Certificate in Public Health and a comprehensive non–medical program that graduated eighteen students with a Certificate in Public Health, ten with a Ph.D., and four with a Dr.P.H. by 1925. His students specialized in administration, bacteriology, or statistics. Due to three decades of Winslow’s leadership and innovative foresight and commitment to interdisciplinary education, the department’s academic programs earned recognition as a nationally accredited School of Public Health in 1946.

In 1946, the Yale School of Public Health received its inaugural status as an accredited "school of public health." Because of this accreditation, Yale is in a unique situation of assuming the identities of both a department of the Yale School of Medicine and an autonomous school of public health. In the 1960s the Yale Department of Public Health merged with the Section of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, a unit within the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical School, resulting in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH). In 1964, EPH moved into its own building, the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health (LEPH), which was designed by Philip Johnson and continues as the primary location for teaching and research.[4]

Notable alumni

Interdisciplinary Research, Special Programs, and Affiliated Centers

  • Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric, and Environmental Epidemiology
  • Yale Center for Public Health Preparedness
  • Emerging Infections Program
  • Yale Griffin Prevention Research Center
  • Yale Cancer Center
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS
  • Center for Nicotine & Tobacco Use Research at Yale
  • Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Century
  • Collaborative Center for Statistics in Science (C2S2)
  • Center for EcoEpidemiology
  • The John B. Pierce Laboratory
  • The Yale Program on Aging
  • Yale University Center for Genomics & Proteomics
  • Yale Center for Analytical Sciences
  • Connecticut Women's Health Project



  1. ^ "2010 Rankings: Doctoral Programs in America". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Best Public Health Programs". US News and World Report. Retrieved April 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Council on Education for Public Health
  4. ^ a b c Yale School of Public Health -- About Us
  5. ^ Association of Schools of Public Health-- Member School Profile
  6. ^ YSPH-- Academic Programs
  7. ^ Association of Schools of Public Health-- 2008 Annual Data Report
  8. ^ YSPH-- Incoming MPH Class Profile
  9. ^ David Katz MD
  10. ^ Forbes
  11. ^ "Aetna Executive Biographies". Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  12. ^ National Institutes of Health
  13. ^ YSPH-- Interdisciplinary Research and Special Programs

External links

  • Yale School of Public Health
  • Yale Public Health Magazine
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • Association of Schools of Public Health
  • Schools of Public Health Application Service

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