Lives in public health

YSPH alumni work around the world to fight disease; innovate; reduce health disparities; and build the foundations for a better, and healthier, future for all.

More than 4,000 Yale School of Public Health alumni are actively involved in improving health around the globe. In some cases, this work is done on the individual level; in others it affects groups or whole regions; and in still others the scope is fundamentally global.

This work ranges from running a health clinic that provides essential medical and preventative services to people who may otherwise go without; advocacy for children; fighting environmental injustice; studying the effects of air pollution; digging deep borehole wells that provide potable, life-giving water; and contributing to new drugs to help people with type 2 diabetes, to name just a few.

In this photo essay we are able to present only a fraction of our alumni—a total of 38 total across five continents—and the distinctive types of work that they do around the world. This essay could easily fill many more pages and is not meant to be a complete or systematic overview of the work of Yale alumni. It is, however, intended to provide a glimpse into the exceptionally diverse, vital and growing field of public health and the difference that dedicated practitioners are making here in New Haven, throughout North America and in communities throughout the world.

C.-E.A. Winslow, who founded public health at Yale nearly 100 years ago and is recognized as a founder of the modern public health movement, described the discipline as “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.”

His spirit and vision live on and are practiced daily.

Michael Greenwood