The Dean’s Centennial Vision
Since the Centennial celebration kicked off with the arrival of the MPH Class of 2016 last July, there has been a growing sense of pride and excitement here at the School. Our global community joined in, as alumni and friends hosted their own celebrations to recognize this remarkable institution.
That Centennial momentum continued throughout the year as we celebrated the School's first hundred years and looked to the public health challenges of the next century with a diverse itinerary of local and global events.
Our academic departments and the MPH Program showcased their unique histories and organized symposia, exhibits and alumni career panels that highlighted past accomplishments and visions for the future of public health. Among the thought-provoking presentations: Donna Shalala, Clinton Foundation president and CEO headlined a panel discussion on the critical role of epidemiology in shaping health policy. The Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute hosted some of the world's top malaria researchers from NIH's International Centers of Excellence. Former California Congressman Henry Waxman, the School's Centennial Policy Scholar and a longtime public health advocate, led a seminar series that gathered experts to discuss pressing public health issues from a policy perspective.
At the June 9, 2016 event "What's Next? The Future of Public Health?" leading health journalists discussed their work on pandemics, mental health, and social justice and health. That evening, at Montgomery Park in Baltimore, faculty, alumni and friends of the School, including Michael Bloomberg, gathered for a Centennial Celebration dinner to recognize the School's groundbreaking successes and affirm our commitment to making public health history in our second century.
The Centennial has continually exceeded my expectations, thanks to the efforts of our faculty, alumni, friends and staff who made this year unforgettable. I am especially grateful to our Centennial committees, who worked so tirelessly over the past five years to plan a Centennial worthy of the number one school of public health.
Finally, I could not be more hopeful as we move forward to tackle the world’s most urgent public health challenges, guided by our mission—Protecting Health and Saving Lives—Millions at a Time.
Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87