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March 10, 2015

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Again Named No. 1 Grad School of Its Kind

School has been ranked tops by U.S. News & World Report for more than 20 years


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has again been named the No. 1 graduate school of its kind by U.S. News & World Report, as it has since the magazine began ranking schools of public health more than 20 years ago.

The ranking comes at a time of huge growth in the field of public health. When the rankings of schools of public health were first released in 1994, there were 31 accredited schools of public health in the U.S.; now there are more than 50.

“We are honored and humbled that our peers have once again made us the No. 1 school of public health in the United States, even during this time of explosive growth in public health education,” says Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “We are in this position today because of the great work of our faculty, top-notch students, active alumni, dedicated staff and the many donors and organizations that we work with. They enable us, through research, education and practice, to protect health and save lives—millions at a time.”

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School is the nation’s largest school of public health, with approximately 2,250 students (roughly one-third of them international) and 619 full-time faculty members. In 2010, the School awarded one of every seven doctoral degrees in public health conferred in North America. In 2013, the School’s nearly $265 million in federal research funding made up nearly one-fifth of all federal research dollars awarded to American schools of public health.

Like its research, the School’s nearly 20,000 living alumni are spread across the world in over 148 countries, where they work in ministries of health, in cities across the U.S. and in many other top schools of public health.

“Our school not only reaches populations across the world, but also tackles public health issues right here in East Baltimore, our home since 1916,” Klag says. “As we embark on our Centennial year, we will continue to have the broad impact we have always had across research, education and practice, the impact that continues to make us No. 1.”

Since its founding as the first independent, degree-granting institution for research and training in public health, the School has served as the model for schools of public health, creating population-level solutions to public health problems around the world. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is leading the way in research to prevent gun deaths, road traffic injuries, prescription drug abuse and obesity, while also serving on the frontlines of efforts to assist West-African nations as they recover from the Ebola epidemic. Over the years, our faculty, staff, students and alumni have helped make water safe to drink, improve child survival through better nutrition, reduce the spread of HIV, eradicate smallpox, improve eyesight with vitamin A and uncover the dangers of tobacco smoke.

The School continues to pioneer new strategies in education: It was one of the first to offer an online Master of Public Health degree and its massive open online courses (MOOCs) have enrolled more than two million people around the globe.

The rankings are based solely on the results of peer assessment surveys sent to deans, other administrators and/or faculty at accredited schools of public health in the U.S.

U.S. News ranked the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing No. 2, while the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was ranked No. 3. The Bloomberg School’s Master’s in Health Administration program was ranked No. 7, up from No. 11.

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Media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Stephanie Desmon at or 410-955-7619 and Barbara Benham at or 410-614-6029.