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Women's Health


Women are known to often have different responses to treatments for both chronic and infectious disease. YSPH faculty have a strong commitment to women's health research on gender-specific outcomes across the life course. Women's health is defined broadly from reproductive health, including menstrual cycle function and fertility, to cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. At the Yale School of Public Health, this work extends beyond chronic diseases to policy and social and behavioral factors leading to disparities and high risk for mental health conditions, substance abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, environmental exposures, caregiving stressors, etc... Women’s nutrition and breast feeding, exercise and access to care are all contributing determinants to women’s wellbeing.

Practice-based research and initiatives

Through the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science and our research partners, YSPH is engaged in applied interventional research worldwide to address national breastfeeding rates, women’s health care in Samoa and HIV prevention in Africa and India. Researchers are also examining how caregiving, a role largely filled by women, impacts cardiovascular and diabetes disease risk and how to mitigate negative impacts of stress.