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Centennial 2016

Centennial 2016

The new School of Hygiene and Public Health building formally opened on Oct. 22, 1926.
Elmer V. McCollum, founding chair of the Department of Chemical Hygiene (later Biochemistry), co-discovered vitamin A and discovered vitamin D and its role in preventing rickets.
Susan P. Baker, professor of Health Policy and Management, has been a leading advocate for child-restraint laws in the U.S. and internationally and has made major contributions to vehicle safety research.
The Doctor of Science in Hygiene class of 1923 with William Henry Howell and William Henry Welch.
Paul V. Harper with Sushila Nayar
Paul V. Harper with Sushila Nayar (DrPH 1950), the first JHSPH doctoral graduate in maternal and child health, who later served as India’s Minister of Health.
Al Sommer, JHSPH dean from 1990 to 2005, conducted extensive clinical trials to establish that biannual 4-cent doses of vitamin A could prevent blindness and drastically reduce rates of child mortality.
School of Hygiene and Public Health Advisory Board, circa 1922.
Edyth Schoenrich, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1977 to 1986 and professor of Health Policy and Management, taught generations of JHSPH students how to bring about organizational and community change to improve population health.
John Black Grant, a 1921 DrPH graduate and Rockefeller Foundation fellow, became the first professor of public health and community medicine in China.
Carl Taylor, founding chair of the Department of International Health from 1961 to 1983, was one of the architects of the child survival revolution as well as the “Health for All” movement begun at the Alma Ata Conference in 1978.
Abel Wolman
Abel Wolman was the greatest sanitary engineer of the twentieth century and chaired the Department of Sanitary Engineering from 1937 to 1961. Wolman co-developed the chlorination process to purify drinking water and helped plan modern water and sewerage systems in over 50 countries.
The Ubiquiteers, a student group at the School of Hygiene and Public Health, in 1922-23.
Anna Baetjer
Anna Baetjer, a pioneer in industrial and occupational health, served on the JHSPH faculty for 60 years. She identified chromate dust as a cause of lung cancer and established the School’s Division of Environmental Toxicology in 1964.

On June 13th, 1916, Dr. William Henry Welch announced that the Johns Hopkins University had received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to establish the School of Hygiene and Public Health. Since its founding as the first independent, degree-granting institution for research and training in public health, the School has advanced research, education and practice to create population-level solutions to public health problems around the world. Our faculty, students, alumni, research and community partners have helped eradicate smallpox, make water safe to drink, improve child survival through better nutrition, reduce the spread of HIV and uncover the dangers of tobacco smoke, and on and on.

In a few years, we will begin celebrating these lifesaving achievements and more during our centennial. To recognize our 100 years of public health heritage and to discuss public health priorities for the next 100, we are planning activities and events throughout the 2015-2016 academic year.

We invite you to join us in this planning by submitting your stories, sharing your ideas and letting us know how you would like to be involved. Please send us your thoughts to our planning team at

As we move towards our centennial, we are looking forward to hearing from you and celebrating with you!

Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH '87