From the Chair
Professor David Peters
This issue of The Globe celebrates the productive relationships between Department of International Health faculty, students and alumni. These snapshots highlight the collaborative nature of the Department as well as the Department’s influence on global health policy and programming. Although the articles in this issue focus primarily on infectious disease epidemiology and control, they reveal the Department’s overall commitment to student development and the opportunities Hopkins training affords young global health professionals.
In Bangladesh, we learn about a research project led by Professor Abdullah Baqui and the diverse research topics and training it provides master’s student Liz Thomas. The profile of PhD student Jessica Atwell demonstrates how alumni and students collaborate in innovative ways and the value of our students’ public health experience. And, we learn about new Associate Professor Dan Salmon, who was a Hopkins student and a leading government official in vaccine policy and safety.
We also celebrate the awards and honors our students and faculty have received recently. Student scholarships are invaluable to financially strapped students—as we see in the profile of alumnus Brandon Brown, recipient of numerous scholarships, who now works tirelessly as undergraduate director of public health at UC-Irvine to secure global health funding for his own students. And, finally, we reflect back on the two international health pioneers and members of the Department family who died last year: Professors Tim Baker and Dick Morrow.
David Peters, MD, MPH ‘89, DrPH ’93
Edgar Berman Professor and Chair
Department of International Health
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health