Integrating Humanities and the Arts for Public Health

Michael Shulman ’04 supports the Humanities, Arts and Public Health Practice at Yale (HAPPY) program to bring an interdisciplinary arts approach to public health.

Tony Award–winning actor and producer Michael Shulman ’04 has become the first major donor to support the Humanities, Arts, and Public Health Practice at Yale, or the HAPPY Initiative.

Established at the Yale School of Public Health in 2019, Humanities, Arts, and Public Health Practice at Yale (HAPPY) is a collaborative endeavor encompassing Yale’s Schwarzman Center (a central community space for public gatherings and the arts) and the university’s schools of architecture, art, divinity, drama, management, medicine, music, and nursing.

The HAPPY initiative aims to train students to use interdisciplinary arts to promote public health, establish a national center for arts, humanities, and public health practice, and measure health outcomes related to arts-based programming.

Read more about the HAPPY Initiative.

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