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For Pandemic Prevention and Global Health

We will prevent or mitigate future pandemics and improve global response through research findings, modeling analyses and policy applications.

Although COVID-19 is not the first pandemic to move quickly and lethally through human populations, it is the latest example of the existential threat faced by global societies that remain vulnerable to the rampant and contagious viruses that are emerging as the result of environmental changes and human migration. Coronavirus is just one example of what experts believe will be a long string of adverse health and economic consequences due to global warming, population pressures, land use changes and the disruption of food supplies that accompany the loss of species diversity.

As the only U.S. school of public health with a dedicated epidemiology department focused on infectious diseases, YSPH is addressing these issues and finding solutions. As part of its future focus, the school plans to expand current collaborations with top researchers at the Yale Schools of Management, Medicine, the Environment, Law, Engineering, Nursing and Yale College. A multidisciplinary approach is required in this period of global upheaval caused by the convergence of multiple threats to health and society. As future public health leaders, our students must acquire diverse skills to address emerging pandemics across multiple domains such as health policy, environmental management and the adequate and equitable provision of health care services. We must address the added burden on all vulnerable populations. YSPH is already working with brilliant partners across Yale with whom robust research relationships are well-established and growing.

Central to pandemic preparedness is the prevention and management of emerging infectious diseases. This is similar to the prevention and management of global disasters. Both depend on a capability to gather and analyze human and environmental samples quickly. The Yale Schools of Public Health and Medicine, drawing from their multidisciplinary expertise, propose to create a pandemic preparedness program that will:

  • Facilitate the building of a state-of-the-art biorepository to serve as a modern home for genetic materials, blood samples, tissue samples and other biological materials along with a sophisticated database of relevant clinical information.
  • Leverage strengths in host and pathogen genetics as well as host immune responses to identify more precise ways of interrupting disease spread.
  • Leverage strength in biostatistics and bioinformatics to analyze and extrapolate our findings to better understand the epidemiology, causal inference and impact of factors such as climate which are well beyond the scope of what the biomedical sector now attends to.
  • Develop preventive policies, educational opportunities and novel approaches to train tomorrow’s public health professionals.

Collaborate With Us

Gift opportunities range from $100,000 to $3 million for internships, faculty research innovation funds to support pilot projects, the Rapid Response Fund, and professorships. Institute-naming gifts are also available.

Yale Institute for Global Health (YIGH)

YIGH is the focal point for global health at Yale, bringing together expertise and knowledge from across campus with partners around the world. By actively collaborating across disciplines and seizing opportunities for innovation through a multi-school partnership, YIGH aims to accelerate the translation of scientific discoveries into better health for all.

Rapid Response Fund

Gifts to the Rapid Response Fund will be put to immediate use by Yale faculty and students as they respond to emergent threats to public health around the world. As we continue to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic, timely emergency public health funding is crucial to the development and delivery of life-saving interventions. The Rapid Response Fund at YSPH seeks to connect passionate donors with faculty and students on the front lines of these ever-evolving crises.

Institute for Pandemic Prevention

A foundational naming gift will enable Yale to establish a multidisciplinary institute to sustain and accelerate the extraordinary advances that YSPH and the Yale School of Medicine (YSM) have made during the pandemic, and to advance work on predicting and preventing the next one.