School of public health

School Notes: School of Public Health
May/June 2022

Melinda Pettigrew (interim) |

Endowment pledge to help YSPH become self-supporting

In a major February announcement, university leaders said the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) will be transitioning to a self-supporting, independent school after many years of operation as a department within the Yale School of Medicine (YSM). In addition, the university pledged $150 million of endowment funds to support YSPH’s teaching, research, and practice.

“Our experiences with the pandemic and other public health crises, both past and present, make one thing clear: the world has a need for leaders educated in public health principles and practice, especially the interventions made possible through transformative research in the field,” President Peter Salovey, Provost Scott Strobel, and YSM dean Nancy J. Brown said in a joint announcement.

The Yale School of Public Health is a fully accredited public health school as determined by the Council on Education for Public Health. The school was recently granted a full, seven-year reaccreditation—the maximum allowed—that extends to 2029.

Research grants top $60 million in fiscal 2021

Yale School of Public Health faculty were awarded more than $60 million in research grants in fiscal 2021. The research funding, a modest increase over the previous fiscal 
year, continues the school’s steady upward trend in research growth. “To have an 
increase year over year is great,” said YSPH associate dean of research Melinda Irwin, Yale’s Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (chronic diseases). “As we continue to shift to more team-based science . . . we expect this upward trend will not only continue, but accelerate.” 

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