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Yale Endowment Pledge Sets New Course For YSPH

Yale Public Health Magazine, Focus: Spring 2022


In a historic February announcement, Yale University said it was creating endowment funds totaling $250 million to support the development of future leaders in public health, medicine, and nursing.

Of that total, the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) will receive up to $150 million of endowment to support the school’s teaching, research, and practice. The Schools of Medicine and Nursing will each also receive up to $50 million in matching endowment from Yale as part of the university’s broader support of all three schools.

YSPH will be transitioning to a free-standing, independent professional school.

Yale leaders also announced in February that YSPH will be transitioning to a free-standing, independent professional school after many years of operation as a department within the Yale School of Medicine (YSM). The school’s transition and administration of the new endowment funds will begin with the arrival of YSPH’s next dean. Current YSPH Dean Sten H. Vermund is scheduled to return to teaching and research when his term ends on June 30, 2022.

Calling the moment “historic,” Yale President Peter Salovey and Provost Scott Strobel said Yale is committed to helping YSPH build on its immense contributions to public health over the past century, and that the changes ahead will support the school in transforming local and global health through innovative and collaborative research and practice.

“The university’s commitment to develop future leaders in nursing, medicine, and public health will benefit not only the residents of this country but the well-being of everyone around the globe,” Salovey and Strobel said in a statement.

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