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YSPH Resources for Students

Office of Student Affairs

47 College Street, 203.785.6260

Frank Grosso, Associate Dean

Sarah Harmon, Associate Director/Registrar

The Office of Student Affairs offers services and provides resources designed to enhance student life at YSPH. The associate dean has primary responsibility for the student experience at YSPH, represents the interests of all students to the faculty, and participates in policy decisions for the school. Dean Grosso and Sarah Harmon are available to discuss academic, extracurricular, or personal issues with YSPH students. The Office of Student Affairs also coordinates orientation, Commencement, and other student programs, and serves as the administrative liaison with YSPH student organizations. The goal of the office is to ensure that every YSPH student is productively engaged in both academic and nonacademic aspects of school life.

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Career Management Center

47 College Street, 203.785.2827, 203.785.4285

Felicia Spencer, Director

The Career Management Center assists students in developing, managing, and implementing career plans and strategies through a number of programs and resources.

Career Counseling

The Career Management Center advises students on a wide range of career development issues, including but not limited to creating effective résumés, honing interview skills, exploring summer internship options, and discussing opportunities for post-graduation jobs or study.

Professional Skills Seminars

The Career Management Center administers a series of seminars to help prepare students to successfully manage all aspects of a job or internship search as well as equip them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in their chosen career paths. Students are trained in mock interviewing, public speaking, networking with alumni, and business communications.

Recruiting and Job Information

The Career Management Center works to attract a variety of organizations seeking to hire public health professionals. The YSPH CareerBoard, a Web-based recruitment tool, is a centralized source for posting job, internship, and fellowship opportunities.


The summer internship between the first and second years is an important learning experience, providing students with an opportunity to apply the public health theory and knowledge learned in their course work in real-world settings and explore or confirm a particular career interest. Students are expected to perform full-time work for typically ten to twelve weeks and no less than eight weeks in a public health setting, domestically or globally. The Office of Public Health Practice administers the internship program, assisting students to optimize their learning experience. The Career Management Center also helps students identify internship opportunities through on-campus recruiting, job postings, and alumni and faculty contacts.

Career Trips

The Career Management Center sponsors and organizes career trips to Washington, D.C., and New York City to help introduce students to the broad array of public health opportunities in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

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Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

333 Cedar Street, 203.785.5359 (circulation desk), 203.737.2963 (public health librarian)

John Gallagher, Director

Kate Nyhan, Research and Education Librarian for Public Health

The Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library strives to be a center of excellence that develops and sustains services and resources to support the biomedical, health, and public health care information needs of Yale University and the Yale-New Haven Medical Center. The library welcomes students to use its services, resources, and spaces for course work, research, and professional development. It is open until 2 a.m. on weeknights during the term and offers twenty-four-hour key-card access to its Computer & Study Space.


The library’s collections include more than 15,000 electronic journals, 92 databases, and 33,000 electronic books, in addition to more than 250,000 print textbooks and books available for circulation or on reserve. Yale students have access to the library’s electronic collections from any remote computer using VPN software. Books from other Yale libraries and Borrow Direct schools can be delivered to the medical library circulation desk, and Get It @ Yale service provides fast electronic access to chapters and articles. The special collections of the Medical Historical Library and the Cushing Center—including medical incunabula, rare books, prints, photographs, and objects—support research in the history of medicine and public health. The library also lends students chargers, display adapters, video and audio recording equipment, and laptops, and it provides free subscriptions and support for citation management software (EndNote and Refworks).

Workshops and Consultations

The library offers regular workshops on such topics as PubMed, systematic reviews, research impact, genome browsers, Embase, and Endnote; see http://library.medicine.yale.edu/classes. Students can also meet one-on-one with their personal librarian to discuss how to work with public health information more effectively. Typical topics include literature reviews, the differences between biomedical databases, using controlled vocabularies in fast and systematic searching, geographic information systems, research data management, citation management software, strategies for searching gray literature, how to find datasets (published, open, and licensed), and how to keep up with new publications in a particular research area. Research guides and video tutorials are available at http://library.medicine.yale.edu/tutorials.

Library Spaces and Technology

The library offers reservable group study spaces and conference rooms, all featuring large plasma monitors or data projectors. Individual study carrels and tables are located on all levels of the library; comfortable armchairs and a meditation room are on the lower level; a newspaper lounge is on the main floor. Windows and Macintosh computers are available in the Information Room and the 24/7 Computer & Study Space. All computers have access to the Internet, and many include productivity software such as Microsoft Office, EndNote, and other tools including desktop publishing software, statistical and mapping software (SAS, SPSS, ArcGIS, etc.), and database management software. Black-and-white and color printers/copiers/scanners are available in both spaces. In addition, the library offers two scanning stations (Windows and Macintosh) in the 24/7 space. Software on these computers includes a variety of Adobe graphics applications and Final Cut for video editing and production. The Cushing Center and a Yale Information Technology Services walk-in center are located on the lower levels.

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Office of the Registrar

47 College Street, 203.785.6260

Sarah Harmon, Registrar

The registrar’s office prepares course schedules, enrolls and registers students, maintains student records, and monitors academic progress. The following can be obtained from the registrar’s office:

  • • Proof of student status. The registrar can provide a letter attesting to your student status and process loan deferment forms.
  • • Information on degree requirements.
  • • Transcripts. Copies of transcripts must be requested from the registrar’s office. The transcript request form is available at http://publichealth.yale.edu/about/gateways/students/MPH. Two business days should be allowed for the processing of requests. There is no charge for an official transcript. By law, the registrar may only release YSPH transcripts. Prior transcripts and recommendations included in a student’s application to YSPH must be obtained from their original source.
  • • Lockers. A limited number of lockers are available for student use during the academic year. Students are responsible for providing a lock, safeguarding the contents of the locker, and cleaning out the locker at the end of the academic year (i.e., May).
  • • Nondisclosure of personal information forms.

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Office of Alumni Affairs

47 College Street, 203.785.6245

Martin Klein, Associate Dean, Development and External Affairs

The YSPH Office of Alumni Affairs strengthens institutional relationships and develops and implements programs that sustain an active alumni network. The office, in collaboration with the Association of Yale Alumni in Public Health (AYAPH), facilitates the participation of more than 5,000 alumni in the life of the School and provides a voice for alumni, strengthens alumni connections with the School, and promotes alumni networking. AYAPH is led by a group of dedicated alumni volunteers who serve on its board of directors.

Alumni Day, held annually in New Haven, features a symposium on a timely public health issue, as well as an alumni awards luncheon that recognizes outstanding contributions of our alumni to the field of public health and/or in service to YSPH. Another popular alumni gathering is held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association (APHA). With APHA hosting its annual meeting in a different U.S. city each year, the schedule ensures participation of graduates located throughout the United States.

YSPH has a strong alumni network, and in addition to participating in formal alumni events, graduates of YSPH routinely assist students in their career paths and networking activities. Alumni are also essential to the practice curriculum through teaching, serving as preceptors, and providing applied research sites for projects and theses.

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Office of Public Health Practice

135 College Street

Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Ph.D., Director

Elaine O’Keefe, Executive Director

The Office of Public Health Practice was established in 2008 to enhance public health practice education, applied research, and community-university health partnerships. The office is a bridge to domestic and international agencies engaged in public health work and serves as an on-site resource for students seeking meaningful learning experiences in the world of public health practice. Its services include helping M.P.H. students select appropriate summer internship placements and assuring that they have multiple opportunities to apply theoretical classroom knowledge to genuine public health issues though practice-oriented courses that are offered during the academic year in addition to the summer internship program.

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