The Yale School of Public Health is actively working on many of today’s most pressing health issues. Research includes HIV/AIDS, air pollution and respiratory health, insect-borne diseases, health disparities, cancer epidemiology, global health systems, chronic diseases and genomics, among many others. Advances in these areas help to improve the lives of people locally, nationally and worldwide.

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Indoor Tanning

People who use indoor tanning beds have a significantly higher risk of developing basal cell carcinoma (BCC) before the age of 40 than their peers who never used the devices. YSPH researchers found that young people who had tanned indoors had a 69 percent increased risk of early-onset BCC. More



A novel anti-smoking effort that offers at-risk people financial incentives if they successfully quit tobacco has been designed by YSPH researchers for use in Connecticut. The iQuit program encourages smokers to participate in counseling and training sessions, peer coaching and other smoking cessation techniques. More


Healthier eating

Four healthy corner stores and counting have been launched in New Haven to promote healthier eating in order to combat alarming rates of chronic disease. The School of Public Health and CARE are working to turn neighborhood food stores into places where residents can find fresh produce and healthier snacks. More


Genetic research

Our researchers have narrowed the search for the gene or genes associated with inherited susceptibility to a malignant brain cancer known as a glioma to a region on chromosome 17. The next step will be to sequence this region in family members with glioma and in those without, to identify mutations. More



Beyond its health implications, diabetes also comes with high nonmedical costs for patients in terms of educational achievement and future earnings potential. High school students with the illness were 6 percent less likely to complete high school and that they can expect to lose over $160,000 in lifetime earnings. More


Tick-borne diseases

Yale researchers have discovered a new tick-borne disease that is caused by a bacterium that is related to the bacterium responsible for Lyme disease. This new bacterium has been found in all tick species that transmit Lyme disease in the U.S. and Europe. More



Scientists at the School of Public Health have found that a rare genetic variant accounts for approximately 1 percent of autism cases. Autism is one of the most heritable complex disorders, but numerous studies have had little success in determining the underlying genetic causes of the condition. More


Endometrial cancer

Women who gain substantial weight in early adulthood have an increased risk of developing endometrial cancer. Our research found that women in their 20s who experienced and sustained a weight increase of 35 percent are likely to have endometrial cancer diagnosed 10 years earlier than women who kept weight off. More



Children who receive antibiotics within the first six months of life have a significantly increased risk of developing asthma and allergy by the time they reach 6 years of age. YSPH scientists found that children so exposed were up to 52 percent more likely than their peers todevelop childhood asthma and allergies. More


Research ethics

The School of Public Health is furthering its scientific relationship with China with the creation of a bioethics research training program at one of China’s major medical universities. Yale will help train Chinese scientists and health care professionals in the ethical challenges of health-related research. More


Infant mortality

Yale is part of an international research team that is developing a novel information technology system that uses smartphones to reduce high rates of infant and maternal mortality in Kenya. The “Saving Lives at Birth” project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More


Health care reform

An article by a YSPH researcher has been cited in several legal briefs, including one presented to the U.S. Supreme Court, filed in the ongoing debate over health care reform. The paper develops an ethical framework to argue that universal health insurance is necessary for humans to flourish. More