Yale School of Public Health

The Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) was founded in 1915 by Charles-Edward Amory Winslow and is one of the oldest public health masters programs in the United States. It is consistently rated among the best schools of public health in the country, receiving recent rankings of 3rd for its doctoral program in epidemiology.[1] YSPH has a unique hybrid existence with the Yale School of Medicine, as it is both a department (established in 1915) within the School of Medicine as well as an independent, CEPH-certified[2] school of public health (established in 1946). According to the school's website, the community benefits greatly from the Yale School of Public Health's dual roles of providing a world–class education as an accredited, fully functioning school, and by conducting cutting–edge, interdisciplinary research through its collaborative departmental partnerships at the School of Medicine and across the Yale campus.[3]

Yale School of Public Health
Coat of arms of the school
AffiliationYale University
Budget$77 million USD (FY 2019)
DeanSten Vermund
Academic staff
131 full-time
158 part-time
58 visiting, post-doc, or fellow
Alumni6,100 from 71 countries
Location, ,
United States


The Yale School of Public Health provides a public health education program with a low student to faculty ratio.[4] YSPH awards Master of Public Health degrees as well as Master of Science and Ph.D degrees through the Yale Graduate School. Programs of study include biostatistics, chronic disease epidemiology, environmental health sciences, epidemiology of microbial diseases, health care management, health policy, and social and behavioral sciences. YSPH also offers a global health concentration, public health modeling concentration, and regulatory affairs track, which are be taken in conjunction with one of the core programs. The school also offers a one-year Advanced Professional MPH program for students who have already attained an advanced degree and a five-year BA/MPH program for students of Yale College and Yale-NUS College. In addition, the School of Public Health offers joint degrees in divinity (MDIV/MPH and MAR/MPH), forestry and environmental studies (MF/MPH, MFS/MPH, MESC/MPH, and MEM/MPH), law (JD/MPH), management (MBA/MPH), nursing (MSN/MPH), international and development economics (MA/MPH), international affairs and cultural studies (MA/MPH with the MacMillan Center), and physician associate studies (MMSC/MPH).[5]

YSPH students may take classes at the College and several of the University's graduate or professional schools if they find them relevant to their course of study. This includes the Yale Divinity School, Yale Law School, Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale School of Nursing, Yale School of Drama, and Yale School of Management.


Admissions to the Yale School of Public Health is extremely competitive and class sizes are the smallest among top-tier graduate public health programs around the country. Total enrollment in 2008 was 246 students (65 male, 181 female), with 98% maintaining full-time status.[6] The incoming MPH class of 2009 consisted of 125 students (36% male, 64% female, 15% students of color, and 18% international), and represented 88 schools and 31 states. The incoming MPH class of 2018 consisted of 155 students (34% male, 66% female, 14% diversity population, and 26% international), and represented 95 schools and 39 states.[7] YSPH does not report average GPA or GRE scores of incoming students, though unofficial reports report an average admitted GPA of 3.85 out of 4.00, making it one of the most selective public health schools in the nation.[7]


The Yale School of Public Health offers a number of specialty certificates in addition to students' departmental studies in a number of interdisciplinary concentrations, tracks and programs. Programs are offered in: Global Health,[8] Public Health Modeling,[9] and the Regulatory Affairs Track.[10] The Climate Change and Health Initiative offers interdisciplinary resources to students and faculty from across the University.[11]

All courses taken outside of YSPH must be graded (H, HP, P) in order to receive a course unit. Students are allowed to enroll in courses in other Yale schools if there is space available and if the instructor agrees. Courses taken at Yale College (undergraduate) must typically be at the 300-series level or above in order to receive a course unit toward the M.P.H. degree. Some 200-series courses at Yale College may count if approved by the student's faculty adviser.[12]

The YSPH grading system is designed to foster an atmosphere of cooperative learning. Consequently, YSPH does not compute the grade point average (GPA) or class rank of its students. Students are graded only to provide them with a formal evaluation of their understanding of the concepts presented in their courses.[12]

The Internship, seminars, and colloquia receive a grade of Satisfactory (S) upon successful completion. The grade of “Q” indicates courses for which a student has received a course exemption. 1. A grade of Honors should be assigned for performance that is distinguished. This reflects contributions that go beyond the requirements for the course, either in terms of the creativity of their application, the complexity of the settings in which the ideas are applied, or their ability to build on the methods and ideas taught in the class. Recognized grade equivalent: A+

2. A grade of High Pass should be assigned for students who have demonstrated a proficiency in the use of class material. Students earning this grade not only understand the material that was taught but can also deploy it in constructive ways for new problems. Recognized grade equivalent: A

3. A grade of Pass should be assigned for students who have demonstrated an understanding of the class material. They must be able to accurately describe ideas and methods and identify contexts in which they are appropriately used. Passing grades indicate that students are capable of performing competently in this domain as public health professionals. Recognized grade equivalent range: B-C

4. A grade of Fail should be assigned to students who cannot demonstrate an acceptable understanding of the core ideas, methods, or other class material and thus lack competence in this domain of public health. [12]

Mission statement

The School of Public Health at Yale University provides leadership to protect and improve the health of the public. Through innovative research, policy analysis, and education that draws upon multidisciplinary scholarship from across the graduate and professional programs at Yale, the school serves local, national, and international communities with its knowledge and expertise.[3]


Founded in 1915, Yale's School of Public Health is one of the oldest of the nationally accredited schools of public health. It began when, in 1914, the University received an endowment from the Lauder Greenway Family to establish a chair in public health at the Yale Medical School. This chair was filled a year later by Charles-Edward Amory Winslow, who was and is still considered to be the “founder of public health” at Yale.

In its early years, Winslow's Department of Public Health at Yale was a catalyst for public health reform in Connecticut, and the health surveys prepared by him and his faculty and students led to considerable improvements in public health organization. He also successfully campaigned to improve health laws in Connecticut, as well as for the passage of a bill that created the State Department of Public Health. Drawing on principles and expertise in existing departments at the School of Medicine to supplement public health courses, Winslow focused on educating undergraduate medical students in the context of preventive medicine. He established a one–year program leading to a Certificate in Public Health and a comprehensive non–medical program that graduated eighteen students with a Certificate in Public Health, ten with a Ph.D., and four with a Dr.P.H. by 1925. His students specialized in administration, bacteriology, or statistics. Due to three decades of Winslow's leadership and innovative foresight and commitment to interdisciplinary education, the department's academic programs earned recognition as a nationally accredited School of Public Health in 1946.

In 1946, the Yale School of Public Health received its inaugural status as an accredited "school of public health." Because of this accreditation, Yale is in a unique situation of assuming the identities of both a department of the Yale School of Medicine and an autonomous school of public health. In the 1960s the Yale Department of Public Health merged with the Section of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, a unit within the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical School, resulting in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (EPH). In 1964, EPH moved into its own building, the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Public Health (LEPH), which was designed by Philip Johnson and continues as the primary location for teaching and research.[3]

As of February 2017, the dean of the Yale School of Public Health is Sten Vermund (MD, PhD), formerly a professor of pediatrics, medicine, health policy, and obstetrics and gynecology at Vanderbilt University.[13]

Notable alumni

Interdisciplinary Research, Special Programs, and Affiliated Centers

  • Yale Institute for Global Health
  • Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric, and Environmental Epidemiology
  • Emerging Infections Program
  • Yale Griffin Prevention Research Center
  • Yale Cancer Center
  • Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS
  • Center for Nicotine & Tobacco Use Research at Yale
  • Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Century
  • Collaborative Center for Statistics in Science (C2S2)
  • The John B. Pierce Laboratory
  • The Yale Program on Aging
  • Yale University Center for Genomics & Proteomics
  • Yale Center for Analytical Sciences[26]


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