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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

Research Interests

Brazil; Breast Feeding; Child Health Services; Community Health Workers; Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2; HIV; Mexico; Obesity; Rwanda; Global Health; Healthcare Disparities

Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Ph.D., 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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Serap Aksoy, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Trypanosomiasis, African; Tsetse Flies; Global Health

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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Muriel Bauermann Gubert, PhD

Visiting Associate Professor of Global Health

Muriel Bauermann Gubert, PhD, is Professor of Nutrition & Public Health, Head of the Nutrition Department at the University of Brasilia (UnB), Brazil.

She teaches classes of maternal-child nutrition and public health nutrition policies at the University of Brasilia. She has been working with food security research since 2003 and her work has led to improvements of Brazilian Food Security Program.

Nutritionist, graduated at University of Brasilia (in 1999), Master Degree in Health Sciences...

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Elizabeth Bradley, PhD, MBA

Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy, Master of Branford College, Professor of Public Health and Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute

Research Interests

Angola; Cardiovascular Diseases; China; Ethiopia; Hospices; Palliative Care; Public Health; Quality of Health Care; Rwanda; Tanzania; Global Health; Health Care

Elizabeth H. Bradley, PhD, the Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy and Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, is renowned internationally for her work on health system design and large-scale implementation of efforts to improve management capacity in health care delivery within the US and abroad. Dr. Bradley has several health system strengthening projects in international settings including China, Ethiopia, Liberia, Rwanda, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

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Xi Chen, PhD

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

Affiliated Faculty, Department of Economics

Research Fellow, IZA, YINS, and The Macmillan Center

Research Interests

Aging; Air Pollution; Child; Cognition; Economics; Pensions; Social Behavior; Climate Change; Social Networking

Xi Chen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Public Health (Health Policy), of Global Health, of Economics, and of Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University. He is a faculty fellow at the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative, the Yale Macmillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Yale Institute for Network Science (YINS), and a faculty advisor of the Yale-China Association. His areas of interest involve Health,...

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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)

Research Interests

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

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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Mayur Desai, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Director, Advanced Professional MPH Program

Core Faculty, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

Research Interests

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

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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Durland Fish, PhD

Professor Emeritus of Microbial Diseases and Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Research Interests

Babesia; Babesiosis; Borrelia; Chikungunya virus; Climate; Epidemiology; Biological Evolution; Insect Vectors; Lyme Disease; Parasitology; Public Health; Ticks; Global Health; Evolution, Planetary; Climate Change

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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Alison Galvani, PhD

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

Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Modeling and Analysis (CIDMA)

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Africa, Southern; Ecology; Economics; Epidemiologic Methods; Epidemiology; Biological Evolution; HIV; Influenza, Human; Parasitology; Public Health; Tuberculosis; Global Health; Evolution, Planetary; Infectious Disease Medicine

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Robert Heimer, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases) and of Pharmacology

Director, Emerging Infections Program

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Epidemiology; Foodborne Diseases; Hepatitis C; Injections; Public Health; Russia; Vietnam; Global Health; HIV Infections

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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Theodore Holford, PhD

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

Research Interests

Asthma; China; Lung Neoplasms; Parasitology; Public Health; Global Health; Statistics; Geographic Information Systems

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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Debbie Humphries, PhD, MPH

Clinical Instructor in Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Developing Countries; Ghana; HIV; Hookworm Infections; Malaria; Parasitology; Public Health; Vietnam; Global Health; Nutrition Policy

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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James Jekel, MD

Professor Emeritus of and Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

The emeritus C.-E.A. Winslow Professor of Public Health, Jekel’s research focused on teenage pregnancy, outcomes for teenage mothers and their babies, cocaine abuse as well as high fevers in infancy and intrauterine growth retardation. Jekel was director of medical studies and acting head of the Division of Health Services Administration, director of the School of Medicine's Preventive Medicine Residency Program and assistant director of its Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar Program.

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Trace Kershaw, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Epidemiology; HIV; India; Public Health; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Global Health; Maternal-Fetal Relations; Risk Reduction Behavior

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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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

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Epidemiology; Ethics; HIV; Human Rights; Public Health; Violence; Global Health; Infectious Disease Medicine; Diseases

Kaveh Khoshnood, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Yale School of Public Health and core faculty member of the Yale Council on Middle East Studies. He is co-founder of Yale Violence and Health Study Group and a Steering Committee member of the Program on Conflict, Resiliency and Health at the Yale McMillan Center. Dr. Khoshnood is trained as an infectious disease epidemiologist and has more than two decades of domestic and international experience in...

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Albert Ko, MD

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

Department Chair - Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases

Research Interests

Dengue; Epidemiology; Leptospirosis; Urban Health; Meningitis, Bacterial; Infectious Disease Medicine

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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Brian Leaderer, MPH, PhD

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

Deputy Dean of Public Health

Research Interests

Air Pollutants; Environment and Public Health; Environmental Pollution; Epidemiology; Public Health

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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Lowell Levin, MPH, DEd

Professor Emeritus of and Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

Lowell Levin is Emeritus Professor of Public Health at Yale University. His research and work as a consultant throughout the world have often challenged established public health beliefs and practices. Committed to health promotion, in the 1960s he pioneered the citizen participation movement, focusing on health communication and the social and behavioral factors affecting health (Self-Care: Lay Initiatives in Health, 1976). In the 1970s and early 1980s, with the first publication of The Hidden...

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Shuangge Steven Ma, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics)

Research Interests

Economics; Neoplasms

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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Diane McMahon-Pratt, PhD

Professor of Microbial Diseases

Research Interests

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

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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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

Research Interests

Epidemiologic Methods; Epidemiology; HIV; Sexually Transmitted Diseases; Vaccines; Communicable Diseases, Emerging; Qualitative Research; Human papillomavirus 11

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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A David Paltiel, MBA, PhD

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

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; France; Health Policy; Health Resources; HIV; India; Operations Research; South Africa

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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Sunil Parikh, MD, MPH

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

Research Interests

Africa; Burkina Faso; Developing Countries; Epidemiology; Malaria; Nigeria; Parasitic Diseases; Public Health; Uganda; Global Health; Infectious Disease Medicine

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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Melinda Pettigrew, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Research Interests

Drug Resistance; Otitis Media; Pneumonia; Respiratory Tract Infections; Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive

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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Virginia Pitzer, ScD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Research Interests

Ecology; Immunization; Influenza, Human; Paratyphoid Fever; Rotavirus; Typhoid Fever; Global Health; Infectious Disease Medicine

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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Harvey Risch, MD, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

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

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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Fatma Shebl, MD, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases)

Research Interests

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Chronic Disease; Hepatitis; HIV; Neoplasms; Neoplasms by Site; Hepacivirus; Women's Health; Biostatistics

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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Christian Tschudi, PhD

Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

Director of Graduate Studies

Research Interests

Parasitic Diseases; Tropical Medicine; Trypanosomiasis, African; Genomics; RNA Interference

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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Daniel Weinberger, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases)

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

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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Heping Zhang, PhD

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

Research Interests

Child Psychiatry; Epidemiology; Infertility; Mental Health; Pregnancy; Psychiatry; Computational Biology; Statistics; Genomics; Biostatistics

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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Yawei Zhang, MD, PhD, MPH

Associate Clinical Professor of Epidemiology

Research Interests

Air Pollution; Epidemiology; Lymphoma; Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin; Neoplasms; Pregnancy; Thyroid Neoplasms; Survivors; Genomics; Biostatistics

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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Martha Dale

Lecturer in Health Policy

Director for China Programs, Global Health Leadership Institute


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)

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

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 is the founder and Director of InnovateHealth Yale, a program in social impact and entrepreneurship. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of the Yale Climate Change and Health Initiative. Martin came to the School from Yale’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences where he...

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Richard Skolnik, BA, MPA

Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

Research Interests

HIV; Nutrition Policy; Healthcare Disparities

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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Michael Skonieczny

Lecturer in Public Health (Health Policy)

Executive Director, Global Health Leadership Institute

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)

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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