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Yale School of Medicine

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About YSM
Founded in 1810, the Yale School of Medicine is a world-renowned center for biomedical research, education and advanced health care.

Among its 28 departments are one of the nation's oldest schools of public health and the internationally recognized Child Study Center, founded in 1911. Its Yale Cancer Center is one of 41 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute.

Affiliated institutions include the 944-bed Yale-New Haven Hospital flagship of the Yale New Haven Health System and the Connecticut Mental Health Center, Pierce Laboratory, and VA Connecticut Healthcare System in nearby West Haven.

The School of Medicine consistently ranks among the handful of leading recipients of research funding from the National Institutes of Health and other organizations supporting the biomedical sciences, and belongs to medical organizations including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC).

The school's unique curriculum, known as the Yale system of medical education, promotes teaching in small seminar, conference and tutorial settings, and requires student self-evaluation, independent thinking and investigation.

Since 1839, Yale has required that each student complete a thesis based on original research prior to graduation. Graduates of the school have gone on to significant leadership positions in virtually every medical field, as well as many non-medical areas.

Students of medicine, public health and the biomedical sciences come to Yale from across the United States and around the world. They go on to become leaders in academic medicine and health care and innovators in clinical practice, biotechnology, and public policy.

In addition to pursuing M.D., M.P.H., M.M.Sc., M.H.S., and Ph.D. degrees in medical school departments and the PA program, students entering the health professions may earn joint degrees with other Yale professional schools, including Divinity, Forestry & Environmental Studies, Nursing, Law and Management. The Department of Biomedical Engineering, which includes faculty at the medical school and the Faculty of Engineering, occupies a new building on Prospect Street. Residents and fellows may pursue advanced training in 75 specialty areas.

Programs in the health professions are strengthened by the close proximity of the main Yale campus, located immediately adjacent to the medical center. Numerous opportunities for collaborative and self-directed learning are enhanced by relationships with departments in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Yale Graduate School and the other professional schools. In addition to those named above, they include Art, Architecture, Drama and Music.

Yale researchers have introduced countless medical and health advances over the last century, including the first success with antibiotics in the United States and the first use of chemotherapy to treat cancer. University scientists have been responsible for the identification of Lyme disease and the discovery of genes responsible for high blood pressure, osteoporosis, dyslexia, and Tourette's syndrome, among other disorders. Early work on the artificial heart and the creation of the first insulin pump took place at Yale, as did seminal discoveries about how the cell and its components function at the molecular level. Today, research activities take place in a wide range of departments, programs, and centers.

The School of Medicine has extraordinary strength in the basic sciences and consistently ranks in the top handful of medical schools receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health. Yale scientists have made seminal discoveries in the fields of:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cell Biology
  • Cellular and Molecular Physiology
  • Comparative Medicine
  • Epidemiology and Public Health
  • Genetics
  • History of Medicine
  • Immunobiology
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Neurobiology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology


Admission to educational and training programs offered at the School of Medicine is highly competitive and based on a demonstrated aptitude for and commitment to one of the health professions as well as evidence of superior performance in past endeavors.

We look for individuals who are devoted to stretching the boundaries of knowledge and becoming leaders in medicine, public health and biomedical science and who display commitment and integrity among their personal qualities.

Many students come to Yale after gaining experience and perspective through other scholarly and professional pursuits.

Applications to degree programs take one of several paths:

Medical Degree
Applicants seeking the M.D. degree or combined M.D./Ph.D. will complete the AMCAS application online as well as the supplemental Yale application through the Office of Admissions.

Physician Associate
Physician associate applicants will apply to the Physician Associate Program using the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants.

Public Health
Students seeking a master of public health degree, a master of science in epidemiology and public health or a Ph.D. in one of five disciplines within public health will apply to the School of Public Health on the medical campus.

Graduate School
Graduate school applicants in biomedical disciplines will apply through the combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, which places Ph.D. students on one of eight tracks in their first year before they affiliate with a degree-granting program.

Degree Programs
The majority of students at the School of Medicine earn Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degrees, but the school also offers seven other medical degrees, including an M.P.H. awarded by the School of Public Health. The Yale School of Nursing, a separate school within the university, offers two degrees. The Physician Associate Program offers an M.M.Sc.

Recognizing that issues related to health intersect with every aspect of civic life and that the study of medicine is not limited to patient care and biomedical science, the medical school also offers 12 joint degree programs in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Management, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Divinity and Law. Through these programs, students can study the role medicine plays within the broader context of other academic specialties.

Yale School of Medicine Degree Programs :


  • Master Degree
  • M.D. Program
  • M.D./Ph.D Program
  • M.D./M.P.H.Public Health
  • M.D./M.H.S.Health Sciences
  • M.D./J.D.Law
  • M.D./M.B.A.Management
  • M.D./M.Div.Divinity


  • Master Degree
  • M.S.N.
  • Ph.D. in Nursing

Public Health

  • Master Degree
  • M.P.H .Masters of Public Health
  • M.S.
  • M.P.H./M.Div.Divinity
  • M.P.H./M.F., M.F.S., M.E.Sc.Forestry and Environmental Studies
  • M.P.H./M.B.A
  • M.P.H./P.APhysician Associate Program
  • Doctorate/PhD
  • Ph.D. in Public Health

Video Presentation

Glenn Pryor bagpipes 2009 Yale Medical School grads to Commencement

Bagpiper Glenn Howard Pryor leads Yale Medical School grads and officials to Commencement at Amistad Park, New Haven CT, 25 May 2009. This was after Glenn lead them from the General Commencement on old campus. Video courtesy of Jim Gibson of Atlanta GA

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Address: 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06510



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