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Kristina Talbert-Slagle, PhD

Assistant Professor; Affiliated Faculty, Yale Institute for Global Health; Associate Director of Faculty Mentorship and Academic Programs, Yale Institute for Global Health

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Kristina Talbert-Slagle, PhD



Dr. Talbert-Slagle is an Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, a Core Faculty member at the Equity Research and Innovation Center, and Director of the Faculty Support Initiative at the Yale Institute for Global Health. She is a global health scholar and educator, focused on addressing global health and educational disparities through high-quality, interactive teaching and locally-appropriate and responsive scholarship and field programs. With doctoral training in genetics and virology and postdoctoral training in complex systems and global health management and health systems strengthening, Dr. Talbert-Slagle approaches her work, teaching, and mentorship through an interdisciplinary perspective.

Dr. Talbert-Slagle is part of a long-standing, trusting partnership with colleagues from the University of Liberia and Liberian Ministry of Health to establish permanent academic programs and systems to fulfill Liberia's goals for strengthening its health workforce. She is the principal investigator for Applying Research for a Healthy Liberia, a five-year, $15 million collaborative project with the University of Liberia and Vanderbilt University, funded by USAID, which has established a Center for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation, as well as permanent academic and financial management systems at the University of Liberia College of Health Sciences. She has also served as the faculty director for Health Management and Preclinical Education workforce capacity-building programs in Liberia, collaborating closely with colleagues at Yale and in Liberia, and the Yale lead for an undergraduate medical education curriculum review at Liberia’s only medical school, A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine.

At Yale, she has developed and taught a variety of courses including a gateway global health course for undergraduate students, as well as seminars focused on global health research and practice, HIV/AIDS, and the role of water in infectious disease spread. In 2016, Dr. Talbert-Slagle was honored with the Yale Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching. Dr. Talbert-Slagle received her B.S. and B.A. degrees from the University of Kentucky and her Ph.D. from Yale University.

Education & Training

  • Global Health Postdoctoral Fellow
    Yale University (2012)
  • PhD
    Yale School of Public Health (2010)
  • BS
    University of Kentucky, Agricultural Biotechnology (2001)
  • BA
    University of Kentucky, Russian and Eastern Studies (2001)


  • Health Workforce Development: Health Management and Medical Education
    Monrovia, Montserrado, Liberia 2015
    Health Workforce Development: Health Management and Medical Education
  • Lessons on Counterinsurgency from the Human Body
    Washington, D.C., United States 2013
    The Brookings Institution
  • United Kingdom, Health and Social Care Leadership Development Program
    United Kingdom 2007
    Like many countries dealing with rising health care costs, aging populations and public calls for reform, the U.K. is making substantial changes to its National Health Service (NHS). To prepare NHS staff in leadership roles to navigate this reform, GHLI and the South Essex Partnership Foundation Trust created the Health and Social Care Leadership Development Program. Using expert speakers, case studies and site visits in both the U.K. and the U.S., the program focuses participant involvement o

Honors & Recognition

Poorvu Family Award for Interdisciplinary Teaching2016

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