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Richard Skolnik, BA, MPA




Richard Skolnik has over 45 years of experience in global health policy, practice, and education. From 1976 until 2001, Richard worked at the World Bank, last serving as the Director for Health and Education for the South Asia Region. While at the World Bank, Richard worked primarily on education, health, nutrition, and population in low-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. His health work focused on health systems development; maternal and child health; and the control of infectious diseases. Richard was also deeply involved in global policy work on TB and polio. Following his retirement from the World Bank, Richard served as an Instructor in Global Health at the George Washington University. He was also the Vice-President for International Programs at PRB and the Executive Director of the Harvard PEPFAR Program for AIDS treatment in Botswana, Nigeria, and Tanzania. From 2011 to 2016, Richard was a Lecturer at Yale, where he taught global health courses in Yale College, The Yale School of Public Health, and the Yale School of Management. Richard also served on a number oftechnical and advisory groups for WHO, led an evaluation for WHO of the global leprosy alliance, headed two evaluations of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and was on the editorial advisory group for DCP3. Richard now serves on the Health Council for Los Alamos County, New Mexico and on the COVID Task Force of the Los Alamos County Public Schools. He also contributes regular articles on COVID-19 and public health to a Los Alamos County newspaper. Richard is the author of Global Health 101, fourth edition, a widely used introductory textbook. He is also the author of Global Population Health: A Primer and the instructor for the Yale/Coursera course Essentials of Global Health.

Education & Training

  • MPA
    Princeton University (1976)
  • BA
    Yale University (1972)

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