Paul D. Cleary, Ph.D., the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health, was reappointed in June to a second five-year term as dean of the School of Public Health and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. In his first term, applications for admission to the School of Public Health increased 30 percent. In September 2009, the new M.P.H. Global Health Concentration admitted its first cohort of students. The school’s doctoral program also has been independently recognized by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences as one of the finest in the nation.
Cleary has developed and expanded the school’s public health service and practice activities. A sustainable model for community service has been created through the new Office of Community Health, which focuses on regional programs and activities aimed at improving the health of New Haven-area residents. In addition, the school has established the Community Alliance for Research and Engagement, a collaboration with the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation and the city of New Haven’s municipal offices, school system, and community organizations.
The school has expanded its research portfolio under Cleary’s direction, especially in cancer prevention. He has also strengthened the school’s ongoing research on such global infectious diseases as HIV/aids, as well as research on related legal and policy issues. The school is also deeply involved in Yale’s Global Health Initiative.