Elizabeth H Bradley, PhD, MBA

Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy, Head of Branford College, Professor of Public Health and Faculty Director of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute

Research Interests

Angola; Cardiovascular Diseases; China; Ethiopia; Hospices; Palliative Care; Public Health; Quality of Health Care; Rwanda; Tanzania; Global Health; Health Care

Public Health Interests

Cardiovascular Disease; Global Health

Research Organizations

School of Public Health: Global Health Leadership Institute | YSPH Global Health Concentration

Faculty Research

Yale Cancer Center

Global Health Studies

MacMillan Center: Jackson-Global Affairs

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Professor Bradley’s work focuses on strengthening health care systems around the globe, including within the US, several countries in Africa, and China. Domestically, she is also involved in several projects including improving quality of care within hospital settings, understanding the relationship between state level social service spending and health outcomes, and improving the transition from acute to hospice and palliative care.

Specialized Terms: Global health management; Implementation science; health systems strengthening; cardiovascular disease and quality of care; Hospice care

Extensive Research Description

Elizabeth Bradley, PhD is the Brady-Johnson Professor of Grand Strategy, the Faculty Director of the Global Health Leadership Institute at Yale, Director of the Global Health Studies program, Professor of Public Health the Yale School of Public Health and Master of Branford College. Her research focuses on health delivery systems and quality improvement and has contributed important findings about organizational change and quality of care within the hospital, nursing home and hospice settings. She has been involved with several projects regarding health systems strengthening in international settings, including China, Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

Dr. Bradley recently co-authored The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less. The book examines spending patterns of health care and. social services in the United States and compared the results with other countries that focus more on social services but have better quality of life as whole communities.

The recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant, Dr. Bradley has led the development of a framework of diffusion, dissemination, and widespread take up of family health innovations. Findings from this research can be integrated into future strategy development and large-scale implementation efforts undertaken by the Gates Foundation and the wider global health community. She also works with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Clinton Health Access Initiative, as well as the governments of Ethiopia, Rwanda, Liberia, and the UK to improve management capacity within health systems. Dr. Bradley and colleagues initiated the first Masters of Hospital and Healthcare Management on the African continent and currently works with several universities overseas in education and research programs.

Dr. Bradley is a graduate of Harvard University, has an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in health economics and health policy from Yale University. She has received numerous honors and awards during her career, including being a three-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year award by the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale; recipient of the John D. Thompson Young Investigator Award, and the Investigator Award by the Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. She served as a fellow with the Gerontological Society of America and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has been an author of more than more than 275 peer-reviewed publications and three books including The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less. Previously, she was director of the health management program and co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at Yale. She also served as hospital administrator at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Bradley has participated in the World Economic Forum and was selected facilitator for the strategic planning retreat for the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

  • Global Health Management and Ethiopian Health Systems Strengthening
  • Hospital Strategies to Improve Care for Heart Attack
  • Improving the Transition from Acute to Palliative Care and Hospice

Selected Publications

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