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A Century of Saving Lives

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Join Us In Celebrating
A Century of Saving Lives

1916 ‐ 2016


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What’s Next? The Future of Public Health

The future is the focus on June 9, 2016 for one of the most anticipated events of the Centennial year.  

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Department Highlights

Population, Family and Reproductive Health

May is the final Centennial celebration month and the featured department is Population, Family and Reproductive Health. 

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Centennial 100 Dinners
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We’re inviting alumni, students, faculty and friends of the School to join us for 100 Centennial dinners across the globe.

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How do you celebrate 100 years of groundbreaking public health?

With an exciting itinerary of programs, festivities and innovative projects to spotlight 100 years of pioneering public health—connecting a century of achievements to the promise of new advances for the next century.

Since the Centennial year kickoff in late June of 2015 with the arrival of the Centennial MPH Class of 2016, activities have included a Centennial Fun Festival for the School community, special Centennial celebration months for the MPH Program and individual departments, the monthly Centennial Lunch and Learn series and the installation at the School of visually striking Centennial panel displays on the School's history and current work in key public health areas. We also reached our goal of 100 Centennial Dinners around the world in December 2015—way ahead of schedule! But we're not stopping, and faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the School continue to eat their way around the world.

Coming up: Don't miss What's Next? The Future of Public Health on June 9, 2016, a future-focused discussion with top writers on pandemics, social justice and other key topics on the implications for human health. Registration is required for the live event from 1 - 3 p.m. Space is limited.

Health and Humanity: A History of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1935-1985, by School historian Karen Kruse Thomas, PhD, will be published in June 2016 by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Celebrate the School's official 100th birthday on June 13 with a slice of Centennial birthday cake!

Our Beginnings

The School's story begins on June 13, 1916. William Henry Welch, the first dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a public health visionary, announced that the University had received a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation to establish the country’s first school of public health: the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

With Welch as the School's founding dean, the establishment of the first independent, degree-granting institution for research and training in public health was a catalyzing moment in public health history, a development that would ultimately set the standard for public health education and the profession as a whole.

One hundred years later, we continue to push public health boundaries.

Don’t Miss It

In all, the Centennial year will be a sweeping retrospective of the School’s history, an assessment of its legacy and a vision for its future as a public health pacesetter, guided by the institution’s mission: Protecting Health, Saving Lives—Millions at a Time.

For more information about the Centennial, contact Kyle Rudgers, Centennial project manager, at

Message From the Dean
Dean Klag

“This Centennial will both celebrate the past century of lifesaving contributions by the Bloomberg School and help us chart the next century’s priorities for improving health worldwide.”

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Centennial Events
Message from the Dean

Celebrations and programs will showcase 100 years of pioneering public health and define the challenges for the next century.

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Centennial History
Eskridge Lydia Child

Find out more about the Bloomberg School's history-making achievements at the forefront of public health.

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