Faculty

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Rafael Perez-Escamilla, PhD

Director, Global Health Concentration

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Office of Public Health Practice

Director, Global Health Concentration

Biography

is Professor of Epidemiology & Public Health, Director of the Office of Public Health Practice, and Director of the Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health. His global public health nutrition and food security research program has led to improvements in breastfeeding programs, iron deficiency anemia among infants, household food security measurement and outcomes, and community nutrition education programs. His health disparities research...

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Research Interests

Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; HIV; Obesity

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Serap Aksoy, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Biography

Serap Aksoy, PhD, came to Yale as a postdoctoral fellow in 1982 and worked her way to Professor in 2002. From 2002-2010, she headed the Division of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases. She serves as editor in Chief of the journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases and chaired both the NIH/NIAID Vector Biology Study Section (2010-2012) and the WHO/TDR, Molecular Entomology BL5 (2008-2012). Dr. Aksoy's lab aims to understand the biology of host-pathogen interactions--in particular in tsetse flies,...

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Research Interests

Trypanosomiasis, African; Tsetse Flies

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Elizabeth Bradley, PhD, MBA

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies

Director, Yale Global Health Initiative

Faculty Director, Global Health Leadership Institute

Master, Branford College, Yale College

Biography

Elizabeth Bradley, PhD, is Professor at Yale School of Public Health, Director of the Yale Global Health Initiative, Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, and Master at Branford College. Dr. Bradley has contributed important findings about organizational change and quality of care within the hospital, nursing home, and hospice settings. In addition, Dr. Bradley has several health system strengthening projects in international settings, including China, Ethiopia,...

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Research Interests

Cardiovascular Diseases; Hospices; Health Care

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Xi Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies

Biography

Xi Chen is an assistant professor of in the Yale School of Public Health (Health Policy) and holds a secondary appointment in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Economics. He is a faculty fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies, a research fellow at the Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, and a faculty advisor of the Yale-China Association. His research focuses on health, labor and development economics; social interactions and networks; and applied...

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Research Interests

Economics; Nutritional Status; Obesity; Social Behavior

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Paul Cleary, PhD

Anna M. R. Lauder Professor of Public Health (Health Policy) and Professor of Sociology and in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies

Dean, Yale School of Public Health

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA)

Biography

Paul D. Cleary, Ph.D. is the Dean of the Yale School of Public Health and the Anna M.R. Lauder Professor of Public Health at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Cleary received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin. His earliest work focused on studies of health behavior. He conducted theoretical and empirical research on smoking as well as patients’ perceptions and responses to physical symptoms and factors affecting use of medical care. He also studied the recognition...

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Research Interests

Health Services Research; Quality of Health Care; HIV Infections; Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation

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Mayur Desai, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Advanced Professional MPH Program

Core Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

Biography

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...

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Research Interests

Mental Disorders; Cardiovascular Diseases; Epidemiologic Methods; Health Services Research; Public Health; Quality of Health Care; Veterans; Emigrants and Immigrants

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Adrienne Ettinger, ScD, MPH, MS

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Dr. Ettinger’s research focuses on the effects of environmental exposures and nutritional influences on reproductive, perinatal, and children's health. She is a formally-trained epidemiologist, and Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, with interdisciplinary training in biostatistics, environmental health sciences, and human nutrition. In addition, she completed a Mentored Research Scientist Development (K01) Award in Molecular Epidemiology investigating “Genetic and Epigenetic...

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Research Interests

Environmental Health; Epidemiology; Disorders of Environmental Origin; Metals; Pregnancy; Molecular Epidemiology; Nutritional Sciences

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Durland Fish, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Forestry And Environmental Studies

Biography

Durland Fish, a native of Berwick, Pennsylvania, received his B.S. degree at Albright College in Reading, PA in 1966 with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. Upon graduation he was employed with the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a sanitarian and in 1967 became Regional Vector Control Coordinator in charge of insect and rodent-borne diseases. His investigation of a fatal case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever in 1968 stimulated a career in public health entomology. In 1970, Fish...

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Research Interests

Babesiosis; Climate; Biological Evolution; Insect Vectors; Lyme Disease

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Alison Galvani, PhD

Burnett and Stender Families Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Research Interests

Ecology; Epidemiologic Methods

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Robert Heimer, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Pharmacology

Director, Emerging Infections Program

Biography

Dr. Heimer's major research efforts include scientific investigation of the mortality and morbidity associated with injection drug use. Areas of investigation include syringe exchange programs, virus survival in syringes, hepatitis B vaccination, hepatitis C transmission risks, overdose prevention and resuscitation, and pharmacological treatment of opiate addiction. His research combines laboratory, operational, behavioral, and structural analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention...

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Research Interests

Hepatitis C; Injections; HIV Infections

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Theodore Holford, PhD

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics) and Professor of Statistics

Biography

Theodore Holford, Ph.D, is Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health (Biostatistics). His scholarly work involves the development and application of statistical methods in public health and the training of individuals developing careers in health research. He developed an approach for analyzing temporal trends in disease rates using the age-period-cohort modeling framework that has be used extensively in the analysis of cancer incidence and mortality trends. He currently...

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Research Interests

Statistics

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Debbie Humphries, PhD, MPH

Clinical Instructor in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Biography

Dr. Humphries has a broad background in public health research and practice. She has been a consultant in the areas of diet and physical activity behavior change, sustainability of community health programs, program monitoring and evaluation, and training in participatory monitoring and evaluation for organizations in Vietnam, Africa and in the United States. She has extended that reach through her Community Health Program Planning course which places student groups with agencies in the State...

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Research Interests

HIV; Hookworm Infections; Malaria; Nutrition Policy

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Trace Kershaw, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Trace Kershaw, PhD, specializes in the integration of sexual, reproductive, and maternal-child health. He is an expert in the role of interpersonal relationships on health and is currently studying the role of cell phones and social networks on health. He lectures internationally on these topics.

After completing his PhD at Wayne State University, Professor Kershaw came to Yale as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA). Since then he has rapidly moved...

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Research Interests

HIV; Maternal-Fetal Relations

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Kaveh Khoshnood, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Program Director- BA-BS/MPH Program in Public Health at Yale

Program Advisor – Global Health Studies Program at Yale College

Biography

Dr. Khoshnood is trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and his primary research interests are the epidemiology, prevention and control of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis among drug users, prisoners and other at risk populations in United States and in resource-poor countries. Dr. Khoshnood's other interests are the examination of the links among health, human rights and violent conflict and ethical dilemmas in research involving vulnerable populations. Dr. Khoshnood conducts research in...

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Research Interests

Diseases

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Albert Ko, MD

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Department Chair - Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Biography

Professor Ko’s research focuses on the health problems which have emerged as a consequence of rapid urbanization and social inequity. Dr. Ko coordinates a research and training program on urban slum health in Brazil, where his group is conducting long-term prospective studies on urban health problems which include dengue, meningitis and respiratory infections, as well as non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and violence. His work is particularly interested in understanding the...

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Research Interests

Dengue; Leptospirosis; Meningitis, Bacterial

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Brian Leaderer, MPH, PhD

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health) and Professor of Forestry And Environmental Studies

Deputy Dean of Public Health

Biography

Dr. Leaderer’s research over the past three decades has been interdisciplinary in nature, focusing on assessing exposures to air contaminants, found indoors and outdoors, and assessing the health impact resulting from those exposures in epidemiological studies of sensitive at risk populations. Within the context of assessing exposures, Dr. Leaderer’s work includes assessing emissions from sources, developing monitoring methods and applying modeling techniques (CMAQ modeling, traffic models,...

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Research Interests

Environment and Public Health

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Shuangge Steven Ma, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics)

Biography

Dr. Ma received his Ph.D. degree in statistics at University of Wisconsin in 2004. Prior to arriving at Yale, Dr. Ma was a Senior Fellow in Collaborative Health Studies Coordinating Center (CHSCC) and Department of Biostatistics at University of Washington. He has been involved in developing novel statistical and bioinformatics methodologies for analysis of cancer (NHL, breast cancer, melanoma, lung cancer), mental disorders, and cardiovascular diseases. He has also been involved in health...

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Research Interests

Economics; Neoplasms

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Diane McMahon-Pratt, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Biography

The research in Professor McMahon-Pratt's laboratory is concerned with the parasitic protozoan, Leishmania, which causes a spectrum of diseases known as leishmaniasis. The laboratory is interested in understanding the immune effector mechanisms in the mammalian host that are involved in the control of infection and/or pathogenesis, with the aim to developing a vaccine against leishmaniasis. The laboratory has defined target vaccine candidate molecules and is collaborating with the University of...

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Research Interests

Biochemistry; Epidemiology; Leishmaniasis; Microbiology; Parasitology; Tropical Medicine

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Linda Niccolai, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Director, HPV-IMPACT Project (Emerging Infections Program)

Deputy Director, Office International Training (CIRA)

Director, Development Core at Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS

Member, Yale Cancer Center (Cancer Prevention and Control)

Director, HPV Working Group at Yale

Biography

Linda Niccolai is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases and Director of the HPV-IMPACT Project at the CT Emerging Infections Program. She is also Deputy Director of the Office of International Training and Director of the Development Core for the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS.

Her research is primarily focused on sexually transmitted infections (STI), including HIV. Her current research projects include a special focus on human...

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Research Interests

Epidemiologic Methods; HIV; Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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A David Paltiel, MBA, PhD

Professor of Public Health (Health Policy), in the Institute for Social and Policy Studies and of Management

Biography

The objective that guides Dr. Paltiel's scholarly activities is to promote a reasoned approach to decision making and resource allocation in public health and medicine. Trained in the field of Operations Research, Dr. Paltiel designs and implements policy models and cost-effectiveness analyses. He has a special interest and expertise in HIV/AIDS and has published broadly on the cost-effectiveness of testing, prevention, treatment, and care, both in the United States and around the world.

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Research Interests

Operations Research

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Sunil Parikh, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Biography

Professor Parikh’s research interests focus on translational studies of malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Parikh focuses upon several aspects of malaria: early host immune responses to infection, human genetics, and treatment. Current projects include: (1) understanding host factors affecting response to artemisinin-based antimalarial therapies using a combination of individual and population-based pharmacologic approaches to inform treatment guidelines; 2) characterizing the impact of host...

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Research Interests

Africa; Malaria; Parasitic Diseases; Infectious Disease Medicine

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Melinda Pettigrew, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Biography

Melinda Pettigrew, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Microbial Diseases, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Title IX coordinator at the Yale School of Public Health. She completed a fellowship from the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women in 2013 and was a Public Voices Thought Leaders Fellow in 2014-2015. Professor Pettigrew has an international reputation in the molecular epidemiology of pediatric infectious diseases, particularly in ...

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Research Interests

Otitis Media; Pneumonia; Respiratory Tract Infections; Sexually Transmitted Diseases

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Virginia Pitzer, ScD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Biography

Virginia Pitzer, joined the Yale School of Public Health as an assistant professor in 2012. She earned her Sc.D. in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2007, and was a postdoctoral research fellow at Princeton (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) and a postdoctoral fellow in the Research and Policy for Infectious Disease Dynamics (RAPIDD) program at the Fogarty International Center of the National Institutes of Health prior to coming to Yale.

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Research Interests

Rotavirus; Typhoid Fever

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Harvey Risch, MD, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Dr. Harvey Risch is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Risch received his MD degree from the University of California San Diego and PhD from the University of Chicago. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology at the University of Washington, Dr. Risch was a faculty member in epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Toronto before coming to Yale. Dr. Risch's...

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Research Interests

Esophageal Neoplasms; Ovarian Neoplasms; Pancreatic Neoplasms; Polymorphism, Genetic; Gonadal Steroid Hormones; Stomach Neoplasms; Helicobacter pylori; Molecular Epidemiology; Germ-Line Mutation; Host-Pathogen Interactions

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Fatma Shebl, MD, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Biography

Dr. Shebl graduated from the School of Medicine, Alexandria University, Egypt in 1994. She earned a PhD in Epidemiology from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2008. Dr. Shebl Joined the National Cancer Institute as a research fellow in 2008. Dr. Shebl is interested in studying hepatitis C virus infection, including natural history, maternal infant transmission, host immune response, as well as genetic and non-genetic determinants of response to hepatitis C virus therapy. Dr. Shebl is also...

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Research Interests

Neoplasms; Hepacivirus

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Christian Tschudi, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Director of Graduate Studies

Biography

Christian Tschudi is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of Graduate Studies at the Yale School of Public Health. He also directs an NIH-sponsored pre-doctoral and post-doctoral training program in Parasitology and Vector Biology. The goal of the program is to provide trainees with both a strong intellectual foundation through coursework and rigorous experimental training in areas that take molecular, cellular, immunological, epidemiological and ecological approaches to the study of...

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Research Interests

Parasitic Diseases; Genomics

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Daniel Weinberger, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Biography

Dan Weinberger joined the faculty at Yale School of Public Health in 2013. He earned his PhD in biological sciences from Harvard School of Public Health in 2009 with a focus on microbiology and infectious disease epidemiology. He was then a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of International Epidemiology and Population Studies in the Fogarty International Center, NIH until 2012.

Dr. Weinberger's research is at the intersection of microbiology and epidemiology. Much of his work focuses on the...

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Research Interests

Americas; Bacterial Infections; Biology; Carrier State; Communicable Disease Control; Denmark; Epidemiologic Methods; Europe; Fourier Analysis; Iceland; Influenza, Human; Netherlands; Population Characteristics; Public Health; Respiratory Tract Infections; Streptococcus pneumoniae; Diseases

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Heping Zhang, PhD

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics) and Professor in the Child Study Center and of Statistics

Biography

Dr. Zhang published over 220 research articles and monographs in theory and applications of statistical methods and in several areas of biomedical research including epidemiology, genetics, child and women health, mental health, and substance use. He directs a training program in mental health research funded by the NIMH. He directs the Collaborative Center for Statistics in Science that coordinates two major national research networks to understand the etiology of pregnancy outcomes and to...

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Research Interests

Genomics

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Yawei Zhang, MD, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Dr. Zhang's research focuses on two areas: 1) etiology and prognosis of adult malignancies; and 2) risk factors for adverse pregnancy outcomes. In particular, she has been pioneering the causes of increasing trends of thyroid cancer observed worldwide. As thyroid cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women in the United States, and factors that are responsible for this increasing trend are largely unknown, there is a critical need to clarify dangers. She is currently leading research...

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Research Interests

Neoplasms; Pregnancy

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Tongzhang Zheng, DSc

Susan Dwight Bliss Professor (Adjunct) of Epidemiology (Environmental Health)

Biography

Tongzhang Zheng is the Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology. He also holds Adjunct Professor positions at Lanzhou University in China, Dundee University in Great Britain and the Huazhong Science and Technology University in China. He is a Senior Research Scientist with the International Prevention Research Institute in Lyon, France. He was the Chairman (or Head) for the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, and was a Senior Advisor to the WHO’s International Agency for Research...

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Research Interests

Environment and Public Health; Neoplasms

Lecturers

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Martha Dale

Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

Director for China Programs, Global Health Leadership Institute

Biography


Martha Dale is the Director for China Programs at the Global Health Leadership Institute. She has primary responsibility for the Yale-Tsinghua University collaborative with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program. She is also a Lecturer in the Health Management at the Yale University School of Public Health and has been a member of the Ethiopian Hospital Management Initiative and the Liberian Healthcare Management Program of Yale University and the Clinton Foundation.

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Amanda Durante, PhD

Lecturer in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Biography

Epidemiologist for the City of New Haven Health Department

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Martin Klein, MPH, PhD

Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

Associate Dean for Development and External Affairs

Biography

Martin Klein, Ph.D., M.P.H. is the Associate Dean for Development and External Affairs at the Yale School of Public Health, and is responsible for the offices of development, alumni relations, and communications. He also founded and directs InnovateHealth Yale, a program in social impact and entrepreneurship. Martin came to the School from Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where he was Associate Dean for Student Services and Administrative Operations. Prior to joining Yale, he was the...

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Richard Skolnik, BA, MPA

Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

Biography

Richard Skolnik has over 35 years of experience in global health policy, practice, and education. Most recently, Richard served as an Instructor in Global Health at the George Washington University, where he focused on undergraduate education in Global Health. Prior to that, he was the Vice-President for International Programs at PRB and the Executive Director of the Harvard PEPFAR Program for AIDS treatment in Botswana, Nigeria, and Tanzania. From 1976 until 2001, Richard worked at the World...

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Research Interests

HIV; Nutrition Policy; Healthcare Disparities

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Michael Skonieczny

Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

Executive Director, Global Health Leadership Institute

Biography

Prior to coming to Yale, Mr. Skonieczny was the director of public policy for Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, where he led the organization’s advocacy efforts focused on expanding U.S. financial support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Prior to Friends, he was a senior public policy officer at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where he focused on global AIDS funding, prevention of mother-to-child transmission,...

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Jonathan Smith, MPH

Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

Biography

Jonathan is a lecturer in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases and Global Health at Yale University School of Public Health, where he researches TB and HIV in the context of mining and migrancy in sub-Saharan Africa. He is an affiliate of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute and founding director of Visual Epidemiology, a non-profit organization seeking to combine academic discourse with personal narratives through filmmaking.

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