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Mayur M. Desai

Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases); Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, YSPH; Track Director, Applied Analytical Methods and Epidemiology, Online Executive MPH Program; Director, Advanced Professional MPH Program; Core Faculty, National Clinician Scholars Program



Mayur M. Desai, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, where he directs the one-year Advanced Professional MPH Program and teaches courses on epidemiologic research methods and data analysis. Professor Desai received both his MPH in health policy and his PhD in epidemiology from Yale University. He then served for two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer at CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, before returning to New Haven to join the Yale faculty. As a core faculty member in Yale’s National Clinician Scholars Program, he is responsible for coordinating the “Clinical and Health Services Research Methods” course and teaching the quantitative methods portion of the curriculum. Professor Desai’s research interests focus on:

  1. improving the quality and outcomes of medical care in complex and vulnerable populations, including persons with mental disorders, veterans, immigrants, and the elderly; and
  2. workforce issues in public health and medicine.

At the Yale-New Haven Hospital Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE), Professor Desai is collaborating with a multidisciplinary team of investigators, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to develop statistical models that are used to measure and publicly report hospital clinical outcomes using Medicare administrative data.

Education & Training

  • Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1999)
  • PhD
    Yale University (1997)
  • MPH
    Yale School of Public Health (1994)
  • BS
    University of California, San Diego (1992)


  • MHA Program
    Ethiopia 2008
    Core Faculty in the Master of Hospital and Healthcare Administration (MHA) Program at Jimma University and Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. The MHA program is a collaborative effort between Yale School of Public Health and two of Ethiopia's leading universities. The students in the MHA degree program are chief executive officers (CEOs) of public-sector hospitals in Ethiopia they come from a broad range of clinical and non-clinical backgrounds. As part of the curriculum, students are required to take courses in introductory biostatistics, epidemiology, and research methods, and to complete a master's thesis or capstone project. I played a key role in developing curricula in these areas. In addition, since June 2008, I have traveled to Ethiopia nine times to teach specially designed, "executive-style" short courses in biostatistics, epidemiology, and research methods to conduct review sessions for biostatistics and epidemiology and to provide individual thesis mentoring.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
FellowAmerican College of Epidemiology2012
Distinguished Teaching Award ( School of Public Health2009
HHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished ServiceU.S. Department of Health & Human Services2000

Professional Service

Education Committee, American College of Epidemiology2012 - 2015
Governing Councilor, American Public Health Association2008 - 2011
Rustgi Fellowship Committee, South Asian Studies Council2008 - Present
YSPH Admissions Committee2007 - Present
YSPH Education Committee2007 - Present
Residency Advisory Committee, Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program2007 - Present
Residency Advisory Committee, Griffin Hospital Combined Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine Residency Program2007 - Present
Section Councilor (Mental Health Section), American Public Health Association2005 - 2008
South Asian Studies Council, The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale2004 - Present

Departments & Organizations