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A Century of Saving Lives

The Centennial Year of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is upon us!

The year-long celebration, A Century of Saving Lives—Millions at a Time, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to commemmorate 100 years of pioneering public health. The arrival of the Centennial MPH Class of 2016 kicked off the festivities, followed by events for the entire Bloomberg School community. Over the next several months, a diverse itinerary of events, programs and conversations will highlight a century of public health history and lifesaving accomplishments, and chart a course for the School's second century.

The year will conclude on June 13, 2016, the School's official birthday, with a schoolwide celebration befitting a century of public health innovation and impact.

“Our faculty, staff and alumni have been at the vanguard of public health efforts over the last 100 years, and I know that we will be for the next 100 as well,” says Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87. “This coming year, we’re looking forward to celebrating the past but, even more importantly, planning for the future.”

Some highlights: The School's ten departments and MPH Program each have a designated month for Centennial-focused events. Our 100 Centennial Dinners initiative is connecting alumni, faculty, students, staff and friends worldwide to share their commitment to public health. And the School is partnering with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra on May 6, 2016 to present The Hidden World of Girls, a musical adaptation of the highly regarded NPR radio series.

Since its founding on June 13, 1916 as the first independent, degree-granting institution for research and training in public health, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has served as the template for schools of public health all over the world, advancing research, education and practice in the pursuit of fulfilling its mission of Protecting Health, Saving Lives—Millions at a Time.

This historic year is a time for the School to affirm its commitment to provide the best public health education to the most promising and dedicated students, and to celebrate the breadth and depth of its mission, across public health disciplines—from cell to society.

Heading into the next century, the School is working to prevent gun deaths, road traffic injuries, prescription drug abuse and obesity. While serving on the frontlines of efforts to assist West-African nations recovering from the Ebola epidemic, our faculty, staff, students and alumni also are engaged at the local level, working with Baltimore communities to address health and social inequities.

“Our faculty, staff and alumni have been at the vanguard of public health efforts over the last 100 years, and I know that we will be for the next 100 as well.”

Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 

“We’re at an incredible moment in our school’s history,” notes Klag. “This Centennial year is a time to celebrate a century of lifesaving contributions that have kept millions around the world safe from illness and injury.”