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Mayur M. Desai

Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging; Director, Advanced Professional MPH Program; Track Director, Applied Analytic Methods and Epidemiology, Executive MPH; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Core Faculty, National Clinician Scholars Program

Contact Information

Mayur M. Desai, PhD, MPH, FACE

Office Location

Mailing Address

  • Chronic Disease Epidemiology

    PO Box 208034, 60 College Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States



Mayur M. Desai (he/him/his), PhD, MPH, is a Professor of Epidemiology and the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) at the Yale School of Public Health. Professor Desai received both his MPH in health policy and his PhD in epidemiology from Yale. 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.

Professor Desai’s expertise is in the application of epidemiologic methods to clinical and health services research. The overarching goal of his work – across various content areas – is to improve health equity in access, quality, and outcomes of care in a broad range of populations and settings. Professor Desai has extensive experience (1) conducting studies at the interface of mental health and primary care; (2) developing risk-adjusted quality-of-care measures for the Medicare program; (3) determining the incidence, trends, and outcomes of surgical procedures; (4) examining the health, health beliefs, and healthcare utilization of marginalized and stigmatized populations, including immigrants, refugees, and incarcerated individuals; (5) contributing to numerous projects in low- and middle-income settings on a range of topics, including child health, prisoner health, diagnosis and treatment of both non-communicable and infectious diseases, and health systems strengthening; and (6) examining DEIB-related issues in the biomedical workforce.

Professor Desai directs the accelerated, 11-month Advanced Professional MPH Program and is a core faculty member in Yale’s National Clinician Scholars Program and Global Health Leadership Initiative. He has a long and sustained history of global public health capacity-strengthening, having developed and taught innovative short courses and workshops on a range of topics – including epidemiology, biostatistics, monitoring and evaluation, strategic problem solving, and research mentorship and leadership – in over a dozen countries. He received the 2022 Drs. Anvar and Pari Velji Global Health Award for Teaching Excellence from the international Consortium of Universities for Global Health and is a 4-time recipient of YSPH’s Distinguished Teaching Award.

Education & Training

  • Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1999)
  • PhD
    Yale University, Epidemiology (1997)
  • MPH
    Yale School of Public Health (1994)
  • BS
    University of California San Diego (1992)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Drs. Anvar and Pari Velji Global Health Award for Teaching ExcellenceConsortium of Universities for Global Health2022
Guest ProfessorshipCentral South University, Changsha, China2018
Teacher of the Year AwardMaster of Hospital and Healthcare Administration Program, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia2012
FellowAmerican College of Epidemiology2012
Distinguished Teaching AwardYale School of Public Health2009, 2013, 2015, 2019
HHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished ServiceU.S. Department of Health & Human Services2000

Professional Service

Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, Association of Schools and Programs of Public HealthCommittee Member2021 - Present
Provost Advisory Committee on Accessibility Resources, Yale UniversityCommittee Member2020 - Present
Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee, Yale New Haven Health System's Wellness, Engagement, and Leadership Development (WELD) CouncilCommittee Member2020 - Present
Health Committee, Yale-China AssociationCommittee Member2020 - Present
Steering Committee, HAVEN Free ClinicCommittee Member2007 - Present
Program Evaluation Committee, Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine ProgramCommittee Member2007 - Present
Residency Advisory Committee, Griffin Hospital Combined Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine Residency ProgramCommittee Member2007 - Present
South Asian Studies Council, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at YaleCommittee Member2004 - Present

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