The upper portion of the School’s arms is the same as that for the Yale School of Medicine representing the arms of Elihu Yale, the East India merchant and benefactor after whom Yale College is named. The upper arms consist of an ermine field, white with small black stylized tails and the red cross of Saint Patrick, called a saltire.
The lower portion of the arms is the C.E.A. Winslow family coat of arms. It consists of a red diagonal bar running from the shield’s upper left to lower right and contains seven gold lozenges. Although the original Winslow arms was in a field of white, the YSPH rendering is on a background of Yale blue.
Our thanks to Travis Hedrick, Ph.D., M.P.H. '77, and past president of AYAPH, for presenting us with this shield and its historic background.
A raised equator of metal bearing the words "Health Promotion" and "Disease Prevention" encircles a hollow, copper globe representing our fragile world. This signifies the support and protection YSPH offers the public both locally and worldwide, and represents our mission statement. There is a raised design of Hygeia at the head of the mahogany shaft. Hygeia is the Greek goddess of health and the daughter of Aesculpius, the god of medicine and healing. Our heraldic shield also appears on the shaft of the mace and is hand-painted with the School's colors.