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Women's Health

Due to the understudied impact gender has on health, YSPH faculty have a strong commitment to expanding the body of research on women’s health, focusing on gender-specific outcomes unique to women. YSPH faculty have a strong commitment to women's health research on gender-specific outcomes across the life course. Women's health is broadly defined as anything from reproductive health, including menstrual cycle function and fertility, to cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. At the Yale School of Public Health, this work extends beyond the study of chronic diseases to policy and social and behavioral factors that lead to disparities. It also includes the study of factors that lead to high risk for mental health conditions, substance use, sexually transmitted diseases, environmental exposures and caregiving stressors. Women’s nutrition and breastfeeding, exercise and access to care are all encompassed in women’s health as well.

Practice- and community-based research and initiatives

  • In partnership with the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Center for Methods in Implementation and Prevention Science and other research partners, YSPH is engaged in applied interventional research worldwide to address national breastfeeding rates, women’s health care in Samoa, and HIV prevention in Africa and India.
  • Researchers are examining how caregiving, a role largely filled by women, impacts cardiovascular and diabetes disease risk, and how to mitigate the negative impacts of stress.
  • YSPH is collaborating on several randomized controlled trials to improve the implementation of maternal mental health services and suicide prevention services, alongside local health systems and in partnership with the communities, they serve in Nepal and Pakistan.
  • Additionally, YSPH has collaborated on a national quality-improvement initiative to increase the quality and uptake of maternal and neonatal health services in Ethiopia.