Mayur M. Desai, PhD, MPH, FACE

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, Advanced Professional MPH Program; Core Faculty, National Clinician Scholars Program

Departments & Organizations

School of Public Health: Chronic Disease Epidemiology | YSPH Global Health Concentration

Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE)

Obesity Research Working Group

Yale Institute for Global Health

South Asian Studies

Office of Cooperative Research


Mayur M. Desai, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, where he directs the one-year Advanced Professional MPH Program and teaches courses on epidemiologic research methods and data analysis. Professor Desai received both his MPH in health policy and his PhD in epidemiology from Yale University. He then served for two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, before returning to New Haven to join the Yale faculty. As a core faculty member in Yale’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, he is responsible for coordinating the “Clinical and Health Services Research Methods” course and teaching the quantitative methods portion of the curriculum. Professor Desai’s research interests focus on:

  1. improving the quality and outcomes of medical care in complex and vulnerable populations, including persons with mental disorders, veterans, immigrants, and the elderly; and
  2. workforce issues in public health and medicine.

At the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), Professor Desai is collaborating with a multidisciplinary team of investigators, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to develop statistical models that are used to measure and publicly report hospital clinical outcomes using Medicare administrative data.

Education & Training

PhD Yale University (1997)
MPH Yale School of Public Health (1994)
BS University of California, San Diego (1992)
Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Honors & Recognition

  • FellowAmerican College of Epidemiology (2012)

  • Distinguished Teaching Award ( School of Public Health (2009)

  • HHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished ServiceU.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2000)

Professional Service

  • Education Committee, American College of Epidemiology (2012 - 2015)

  • Governing Councilor, American Public Health Association (2008 - 2011)

  • Rustgi Fellowship Committee, South Asian Studies Council (2008 - Present)

  • YSPH Admissions Committee (2007 - Present)

  • YSPH Education Committee (2007 - Present)

  • Residency Advisory Committee, Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program (2007 - Present)

  • Residency Advisory Committee, Griffin Hospital Combined Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine Residency Program (2007 - Present)

  • Section Councilor (Mental Health Section), American Public Health Association (2005 - 2008)

  • South Asian Studies Council, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale (2004 - Present)


  • MHA Program Ethiopia (2008)

    Core Faculty in the Master of Hospital and Healthcare Administration (MHA) Program at Jimma University and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. The MHA program is a collaborative effort between Yale School of Public Health and two of Ethiopia's leading universities. The students in the MHA degree...

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Mayur M. Desai, PhD, MPH, FACE
Office Location
60 College Street, Ste Room 402
New Haven, CT 06510
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Mailing Address
Chronic Disease EpidemiologyPO Box 208034
60 College Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8034