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Office of the Dean

Sten H. Vermund


It is my honor and pleasure to partner with the faculty to guide our school in its second century and to introduce you to our Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) community. Founded in 1915 as one of the original U.S. schools of public health, we have evolved into a highly collaborative, innovative and student-oriented professional school that continues to foster a vibrant, inclusive environment. Our work is rooted in our 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. Growing challenges include the health consequences of global warming, population pressures on the environment, addictions, obesity/diabetes, gun violence, injuries, mental health, refugee health and the efficiency and 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 545 students and 144 full-time faculty. We extend our academic reach to 12 joint degree programs at Yale, 3 joint degree programs with international universities, and through unique distance learning and continuing education opportunities, such as our online Climate Change and Health certificate. 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, implementation science methods and the humanities and arts in public health. Local, regional and global partnerships ensure YSPH can improve the impact of public health and disease prevention. The school has revitalized its strategic foci in support of the research enterprise, diversity, equity and inclusion, and public health practice.

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 and welcome to our family!

Towards a healthier future,

Sten H. Vermund
Dean and Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health