Mayur Mahesh Desai PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Director, Advanced Professional MPH Program; Core Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

Biographical Info

Mayur M. Desai, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, where he directs the one-year Advanced Professional MPH Program and teaches courses on epidemiologic research methods and data analysis. Professor Desai received both his MPH in health policy and his PhD in epidemiology from Yale University. He then served for two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, before returning to New Haven to join the Yale faculty. As a core faculty member in Yale’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program, he is responsible for coordinating the “Clinical and Health Services Research Methods” course and teaching the quantitative methods portion of the curriculum. Professor Desai’s research interests focus on:

  1. improving the quality and outcomes of medical care in complex and vulnerable populations, including persons with mental disorders, veterans, immigrants, and the elderly; and
  2. workforce issues in public health and medicine.
At the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), Professor Desai is collaborating with a multidisciplinary team of investigators, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to develop statistical models that are used to measure and publicly report hospital clinical outcomes using Medicare administrative data.

International Activity

  • MHA Program
    Core Faculty in the Master of Hospital and Healthcare Administration (MHA) Program at Jimma University and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. The MHA program is a collaborative effort between Yale School of Public Health and two of Ethiopia's leading universities. The students in the MHA degree program are chief executive officers (CEOs) of public-sector hospitals in Ethiopia they come from a broad range of clinical and non-clinical backgrounds. As part of the curriculum, students are required to take courses in introductory biostatistics, epidemiology, and research methods, and to complete a master's thesis or capstone project. I played a key role in developing curricula in these areas. In addition, since June 2008, I have traveled to Ethiopia nine times to teach specially designed, "executive-style" short courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, and research methods to conduct review sessions for biostatistics and epidemiology and to provide individual thesis mentoring.

Education & Training

University of California, San Diego (1992)
Yale School of Public Health (1994)
Yale University (1997)
Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Honors & Recognition

  • Distinguished Teaching Award (
    Yale School of Public Health (2009)
  • Fellow
    American College of Epidemiology (2012)
  • HHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service
    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (2000)

Professional Service

  • Section Councilor (Mental Health Section), American Public Health Association (2005 - 2008)
  • Education Committee, American College of Epidemiology (12/18/2012 - 12/17/2015)
  • Governing Councilor, American Public Health Association (10/25/2008 - 10/28/2011)

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