Master of Public Health

The program in Chronic Disease Epidemiology emphasizes the acquisition of skills in epidemiologic and biostatistical methods that can be applied to a variety of problems covering both descriptive and analytic epidemiology. Students also gain knowledge of common chronic diseases and their epidemiology. Among the resources available to students are the Yale Cancer Center, the Connecticut Tumor Registry, the Yale Center for Perinatal, Pediatric, and Environmental Epidemiology, and the The Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.  Students in the Social and Behavioral Sciences program learn to apply their skills to observational studies in psychosocial epidemiology and to health promotion/disease prevention interventions.

Students Share Their Summer Research Experiences

Kampala, Uganda

I worked out of Mulago Hospital, one of two National Referral Hospitals, and the highest level hospital in the country.

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Kampala, Uganda

Mulago Hospital houses the medical outpatient clinics where our pilot integrated management clinics will be implemented.

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Kampala, Uganda

Here, I stand in front of the source of the Nile, which runs northward from Lake Victoria in Uganda.

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Kampala, Uganda

This is a view of the city from the Baha’i Temple in Kampala, Uganda. This is the only Ba’hai House of Worship in Africa and one of eight in the world.

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Kampala, Uganda

People travel by boda boda (motorcycle) and matatu (van taxi) throughout Kampala.

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Kampala, Uganda

I visited a Ugandan village, which did not have running water or electricity throughout most of the village. This particular property was undergoing renovations to incorporate a septic system and solar panel.

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Kampala, Uganda

Roadside stands typically sell the fresh produce that is abundant throughout Uganda.

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Kampala, Uganda

Ssezibwa Falls in the Mukono district highlights some of the local tradition where people frequently come to pray and pay homage to different spirits.

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Kampala, Uganda

The Nile provides energy to a nuclear power plant that fuels part of the country, a source of income for the locals, and excitement for those who visit Jinja, “Uganda’s Adventure Capital.” Here, I am white-water rafting with new friends.

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Kampala, Uganda

Lake Bunyonyi is believed to be Africa’s second deepest lake and is home to 29 islands.

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Accra, Ghana

Luis visits one of the community schools to help the Noguchi team collect biological samples. The kids were very excited for the camera.

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Accra, Ghana

Visiting the schools, Luis witnesses the infrastructure and conditions the children learn in every day.

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Accra, Ghana

Luis even taught English to some of the children at the schools. They were very eager to participate.

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Accra, Ghana

Here is a picture of another school at a different community.

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Accra, Ghana

A typical compound found in the Kintampo communities. The picture demonstrates a mother cooking a meal for her household members at 7:00 a.m.

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Accra, Ghana

Here are some of the community members who were essential in the success of the project.

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Accra, Ghana

Fufu with light soup is one of Luis’ favorite foods in Ghana and is often served 2-3 times a day in the Kintampo communities.

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Accra, Ghana

Luis had the opportunity to visit Mole National Park. At 6:00 a.m., he was able to witness a rare sighting of adult elephants and get extremely close to them.

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Accra, Ghana

At Mole National Park, Luis took a picture of himself (selfie) and a breath-taking scene of the landscape.

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Accra, Ghana

At Mole, Luis and his colleagues posed for the camera with a beautiful landscape behind them.

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Accra, Ghana

While visiting a waterfall, Luis took a much closer look by immersing himself in the water.

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Santa Elena, Ecuador

Suhana records responses from an interview in a patient’s home.

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Santa Elena, Ecuador

The Ecuadorian coastline.

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Santa Elena, Ecuador

Suhana out in the field crossing a successful survey off the list.

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Santa Elena, Ecuador

Suhana had the opportunity to shadow a surgery in a surgery truck. Many patients wait for the truck to come to town knowing that these are qualified doctors with a good reputation.

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Santa Elena, Ecuador

Suhana and Sarah Merchant (YC ’17) conduct HbA1c tests for diabetic patients

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Santa Elena, Ecuador

A weekend trip to Baños included a visit to the swing at the Casa del Arbol.

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Santa Elena, Ecuador

A view from the top of the Basílica del Voto Nacional in Quito.

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Santa Elena, Ecuador

Suhana and Jose Gutierrez (YSN ’16) give a charla or educational talk on diet and nutrition to the rural community of Casas Viejas.

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Santa Elena, Ecuador

Suhana poses with team members Stephanie Granada (YC ’15) and Lily Vanderbloemen (YC ’16) and a patient at the Futuro Valdivia clinic.

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Santa Elena, Ecuador

Locals play fútbol on the beach at sunset.

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Kampala, Uganda

An ASAPP tent is set up in front of Uganda National Mosque, the largest mosque in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Kampala, Uganda

One of the project’s volunteers checks a man’s blood pressure. Most members of our team were medical and nursing students from local universities.

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Kampala, Uganda

As part of our outreach program, we were often invited by community groups to provide screening services. Here, we visited a town on the outskirts of Kampala. Local children look on as we work.

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Kampala, Uganda

One of the three screening sites for the research study: St. Mary’s Cathedral in Rubaga District.

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Kampala, Uganda

The family of one of my co-workers invited me into their home for a traditional meal. His mother (center) is wearing a gomesi, a traditional dress for the Baganda tribe.

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Kampala, Uganda

Boda-boda motorcycles are an extremely popular form of transportation but are the leading cause of traffic injuries in Uganda.

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Kampala, Uganda

View of the city from the mosque. Kampala was originally built on seven hills but now includes more than twenty.

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Kampala, Uganda

As part of a sub-study of end-organ damage among hypertensive patients, participants were sent to Mulago National Referral Hospital for cardiac testing, including an electrocardiogram and echocardiogram.

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Kampala, Uganda

Patients wait to talk to the doctor (second from left) about their blood and imaging results.

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Kampala, Uganda

Posing in front of the Makerere University School of Public Health, located on the campus of Mulago Hospital.

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Kampala, Uganda

I place a blood pressure cuff on a man to screen for hypertension.

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