Yale Quietly Educates the Middle Kingdom

Yale Public Health

China’s unparalleled modern economic rise has been accomplished via their own, historically unique propensity to centrally control but locally experiment.  The country has experienced over three decades of double digit economic growth, much less than the western-inspired Democratic organization many assumed necessary to politically accommodate rapid and ongoing volatile change. However, China still turns to the western Yale School of Public Health when they teach public healthcare.

Yale is the third oldest educational institution in the United States, and their take on healthcare is in high demand. Led by The School of Public Health, Yale alumni brought Chinese hospital officials, clinicians and research scientists from 18 children’s hospitals to campus in June 2019 to learn about the field of public health, hospital medicine and healthcare management.

The program is titled “The Yale-China Children’s Hospital Training Program,” and it includes “The Executive Leadership Workshop” and “The Clinical Research Training Workshop.”

China has been pursuing major health reforms involving finance, drug policy and public hospitals according to Yale.  The Futang Research Center of Pediatric Development sponsored the training in China.  The training was led by Yawei Zhang, MD, MPH, Yale School of Public Health associate professor and section chief, as well as associate professor in the Department of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine.

Professor Zhang reported “We trained nearly 50 people who will implement these best practices throughout China. It will make a discernible difference in health care quality and outcomes in the coming years.” Zhang went on to say she was “very excited about this important collaboration with our colleagues in China.”  They are planning future sessions.

The workshop centered on providing hospital executives with a global perspective on health care systems and strategic leadership skills and tools to successfully lead and navigate their own institutions through their national health care reforms.

Other areas of focus included study designs of epidemiology and clinical trials, applied statistical analysis, exposure assessment, causal inference and big data application in clinical research. Obviously, there are limitations with only a couple week long course but the passion, intensity and intellectual and professional zeal for growth and change was palpable based on Yale’s report.