YSPH Training Programs Draw Dozens of Chinese Health Officials, Practitioners

Yale-China Children’s Hospital Clinical Research Workshop participants on the steps of the Yale School of Public Health (photo courtesy of Yawei Zhang).


Two new training programs led by the Yale School of Public Health brought Chinese hospital officials, clinicians and research scientists from 18 children’s hospitals to campus this month to learn more about the field of public health, hospital medicine and healthcare management.

The three-week Yale-China Children’s Hospital Training Program—the Executive Leadership Workshop and the Clinical Research Training Workshop—wrapped up at the Yale School of Public Health on June 13. 

With a growing demand for accessible and affordable health care, China has been pursuing major health reforms involving health care financing, drug policies and public hospitals. Yawei Zhang, M.D., M.P.H. ’03, Ph.D. ’04, YSPH associate professor and section chief and associate professor in the Department of Surgery at the Yale School of Medicine led the training. The Futang Research Center of Pediatric Development in China sponsored the training.   

“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,” said Zhang. “We are very excited about this important collaboration with our colleagues in China and already planning future sessions.”

This year’s Executive Leadership Workshop (May 26-June 3) centered on providing hospital executives with a global perspective of health care systems and strategic leadership skills, and tools to successfully lead and navigate their institutions through the national health reforms.

Dean Sten Vermund discusses the many partnerships between the Yale School of Public Health and China (photo courtesy of Yawei Zhang).

The Clinical Research Training Workshop (June 4-13) offered lectures on study designs of epidemiology and clinical trials, applied statistical analysis, exposure assessment, causal inference and big data application in clinical research. This workshop cultivated in-depth understanding of the state-of-the-science research methodologies, analytical approaches, and conceptual frameworks for conducting rigorous clinical research to advance and sustain better treatment outcomes among clinicians and research scientists.

Yale School of Public Health Dean Sten H. Vermund welcomed the delegates and introduced them to the school’s many collaborations with academic institutions, hospitals and other organizations throughout China. Clifford Bogue, chair of Pediatric Department and chief medical officer of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, and Cynthia N. Sparer, senior vice president of operations and executive director of Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital, together introduced strategic vision and management of Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital.

During the workshop, a number of leading health care professionals from China and the United States shared their insights on health care payment systems in comparative perspectives, health care quality and safety improvement, health professional education, patient-centered health care transformation and innovative data science technology-based hospital research platform.

Both workshops included group discussions, site visits and social events, providing a unique opportunity to reflect and exchange experiences on effective problem solving, relationship management, and collaboration across diverse groups and organizational boundaries.

Workshop attendees tour the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital (photo courtesy of Yawei Zhang).