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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

  • Yale School of Public Health

    60 College Street, PO Box 208034

    New Haven, CT 06520-8034

    United States

Research Summary

Professor Desai’s expertise is in the application of epidemiologic methods to clinical and health services research. Most of his research effort is devoted to mentored, team-science projects in which he is leading or substantially contributing to the analytic and methodological aspects of the work. 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 DEI-related issues in the biomedical workforce.


Research Interests

Aging; Mental Disorders; Cardiovascular Diseases; Chronic Disease; Epidemiologic Methods; Health Workforce; Health Services Research; Public Health; Quality of Health Care; Veterans; Global Health; Health Care Quality, Access, and Evaluation; Quality Indicators, Health Care; Vulnerable Populations; Emigrants and Immigrants; Noncommunicable Diseases

Selected Publications