It is my great honor to guide this school as it embarks on its second century and to introduce you to the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) community. Founded in 1915, our school has evolved into a highly collaborative, innovative and student-oriented professional school that continues to foster a vibrant, inclusive environment fundamentally rooted in the core values of discovery, application and service.
While health promotion and disease prevention have evolved, the world is still faced with last century’s basic public health challenges, such as access to clean water and health care, safe communities and emerging infectious diseases. Newer, growing challenges include the health consequences of global warming, population pressures, addictions, obesity/diabetes, gun violence, promoting mental health, refugee health and the effectiveness of health services.
Public health solutions are inherently interdisciplinary, and Yale University is a laboratory for innovation. A critical component of the YSPH experience is knowing the value of collaboration. I invite you to explore the school’s strengths in its accessible partnerships across our own departments, with Yale’s extraordinary schools and colleagues, and within the student-faculty population of 566 students and 131 full-time faculty. You will find we extend our academic principles to 12 joint degree programs at Yale, 3 joint degree programs with international universities and through distance learning and continuing education opportunities. Our coursework is enriched by a new curriculum for the modern professional driven by experiential learning.
By harnessing technology and cultivating unique partnerships, we are expanding shared resources and fostering exchanges through our centers and initiatives in innovative social entrepreneurship, global health, mathematical modeling of infectious diseases, child and maternal health, climate change and health and implementation science methods. Local, regional, and international partnerships ensure YSPH can improve the impact of public health and disease prevention.
YSPH’s excellence is built upon the collective achievements of our diverse community. Our students, staff, faculty and alumni demonstrate their commitment to public health each and every day. Follow along with us through our website and social media.
Sten H. Vermund
Dean and Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health
Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)
Associate Director (Population Sciences), Yale Cancer Center
Co-Program Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control, Yale Cancer Center
Deputy Director (Public Health), Yale Center for Clinical Investigation