ATLANTA — Bill and Camille Cosby have given $3 million to the Morehouse School of Medicine to promote studies of mental health — the largest individual gift the school has ever received.

The celebrated comedian and his wife are endowing a chaired professorship in mental health, the Atlanta school announced last week.

“The focus is erasing stigma of mental health and incorporating mental health care into the primary care setting,” said Gayle Converse, a Morehouse spokeswoman.

The gift is meant to honor Dr. David Satcher, interim president of the school. Satcher formerly was the U.S. Surgeon General who led efforts to address mental health and health disparities.

It also honors Dr. Alvin Poussaint, a prominent child psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School who was a script consultant to “The Cosby Show,” Cosby’s former television sitcom.

The endowed professorship will be called the Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Satcher will be the first person to hold the position, Converse said.

It is a corner stone of the school’s Satcher Health Leadership Institute, which will focus on mental health, sexual health and the health of black families.

Morehouse, a historically black institution, graduates about 65 students a year. It is not affiliated with Morehouse College.

The school has received large donations from corporations before, but the Cosby gift is the largest from any individual, Converse said.

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