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April 23, 2001

Hopkins Names Public Health School for Michael Bloomberg

The Johns Hopkins University has named its School of Hygiene and Public Health in honor of Hopkins alumnus and media entrepreneur Michael R. Bloomberg, recognizing his unprecedented commitment of energy and financial support to the School and the entire University.

The School's official name is now the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Bloomberg has been chairman of the University's Board of Trustees since 1996 and previously was chairman of the Johns Hopkins Initiative fundraising campaign. The founder and CEO of Bloomberg L.P., a worldwide business news and information company, he devotes hundreds of hours a year to Johns Hopkins business.

He has given the largest single gift in the 125-year history of the Johns Hopkins Institutions and has contributed more than $107 million. Bloomberg gave $100 million to the Johns Hopkins Initiative, which concluded last year. Of that, $35 million was designated for the unrestricted use of what will now be known as the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

"Mike is utterly devoted to Johns Hopkins and its mission," said William R. Brody, president of the University. "His first gift to Hopkins was $5 in 1964, the year he graduated. Since then, through graduate school and Wall Street, raising his daughters and starting a global business, he has never lost sight of what Hopkins can do for the world. He has never wavered in his determination to help. Johns Hopkins today is a far better place and better able to make the world a better place because of Mike Bloomberg."

Bloomberg's interest in philanthropy as a tool to improve the human condition meshes with the mission of the School, which focuses its research and teaching on health and the prevention of disease. The School is at work around the world, addressing such problems as AIDS and other infectious diseases, child malnutrition and maternal health, the causes and prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, and the organization and financing of health care.

"Mike really gets it. He understands our mission, our accomplishments over the past 85 years and our potential to do even more," said Alfred Sommer, dean of the Bloomberg School. "The faculty and I are honored that his name will be forever linked with the School and its work."

"I'm grateful and proud to have my name linked with the world's greatest public health school," Bloomberg said. "I've always supported Johns Hopkins just because it gives me great personal pleasure to be associated with faculty, researchers. and students who do such tremendous work on issues that really matter. This honor is really icing on that cake for me."

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health was founded in 1916, the world's first school of public health and still the largest in students, faculty, and research funding. Its original name the School of Hygiene and Public Health reflects its roots both in the German model of biological research applied to health issues, or hygiene, and in the British tradition of public health practice. To avoid the confusion caused by today's more restricted meaning of "hygiene," the word is being dropped from the new name.

Bloomberg, 59, a 1964 electrical engineering graduate of Johns Hopkins, has served as a trustee since 1987. His gifts to Hopkins have supported all eight academic divisions. The second portion of his $100 million gift to the Johns Hopkins Initiative, announced in 1998, included $30 million for financial aid, primarily for full-time undergraduates in the University's Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Whiting School of Engineering.

Public Affairs Media Contact for The Johns Hopkins University: Dennis O’Shea @ 410-516-7160 or dro@jhu.edu.
Public Affairs Media Contact for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Tim Parsons @ 410.955.6878 or paffairs@jhsph.edu.