Elizabeth Howe Bradley, ’86

Vassar College
Public Service/Public Sector Award

In 2017, Elizabeth Howe Bradley, ’86, was elected the 11th president of Vassar College. In addition to her Booth degree, she earned a PhD in epidemiology and public health at Yale in 1996. She joined the university’s School of Public Health, where she specialized in end-of-life, long-term, and acute care. She has worked on programs to improve patient treatment in Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. In 2009 she became the founder and faculty director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute, which has expanded its reach to include programs in China, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, and other countries.

Bradley has earned several Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grants, and the Teacher of the Year award from the Yale School of Public Health (three times), among other accolades. She has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers and three books.

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