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Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie


Perspectives & Positions

  • Dire Situation in Nepal: Seeking your COVID engagement

    May 14, 2021

    India’s neighbor, Nepal, is now going through a similar, if not worse, humanitarian crisis due to COVID-19. Based on inputs from Nepali colleagues and students affiliated with JHU, we have created a list of trusted partners and organizations who are working on the ground to address the emerging needs of the communities. Kindly consider donating directly to one of these non-profit organizations.

    Read the Statement

  • COVID-19 Relief for India

    May 7, 2021

    As the global COVID crisis continues to unfold, we share the world’s concern and empathize as witnesses to the growing humanitarian crisis occurring in India. The following letter from the Johns Hopkins India Institute (JHII) includes details about how you can get involved and where you can donate.

    Read Statement from Dean MacKenzie

  • Reflecting together on the tragedy of George Floyd’s death and on the promise of a different future

    April 21, 2021

    The verdict holding former police officer Derek Chauvin accountable for the murder of George Floyd was an important and public step for accountability and justice.

    Read Statement from Dean MacKenzie

  • Supporting change to help end gun violence

    March 24, 2021

    If we all commit to these actions and advocate for change by supporting organizations dedicated to public health solutions to gun violence through better firearms laws, improving neighborhood conditions, dismantling structural racism, and investing in community prevention efforts, we can make a difference.

    Read Statement from Dean MacKenzie

    Report — Reducing Violence Without Police: A Review of Research Evidence

  • In solidarity with our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Communities

    March 18, 2021

    Regardless of the expressed motive of the shooter, this is a moment for us all to stand in strong opposition to anti-Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander (AAPI) bias acts and anti-AAPI harassment, gender-based violence, discrimination, and intimidation.

    Read Statement from Dean MacKenzie

  • Reaffirming our commitments to inclusion, diversity, anti-racism, and equity following a difficult revelation

    December 9, 2020

    Following the news that our University’s founder, Johns Hopkins, was a slaveholder, it is our solemn responsibility to not only acknowledge the legacies of racism and inequity but also dismantle structural racism and actively embrace anti-racism in all we do.

    Read Statement from Dean MacKenzie

  • Fall Dean’s Letter 2020

    October 1, 2020

    The School may be quiet these days because of the pandemic. But online, something exciting is happening. It’s called our Virtual Plus Campus.

    Fall Dean’s Letter 2020

  • We strongly oppose the ICE decision regarding students with F-1 visas

    July 8, 2020

    The decision disregards the health and well-being of students. As a public health institution, we are committed to both educating the public health leaders the world needs and protecting their health.

    Read Statement from Dean MacKenzie

  • Racism: A Public Health Crisis

    May 31, 2020

    The profound impact of racism on life and death demands a full response from every part of our society, including—and especially—our field of public health.

    Statement from Dean MacKenzie and Lisa Cooper

  • A Virtual Welcome to a Virtual Fourth Term

    March 22, 2020

    When faced with new realities, we know you will rise to the challenge—both here at JHSPH and in the professional work you plan to pursue. The world needs you more than ever, and we will ensure you are set up for success.

    Read the Dean’s Letter to Students

  • Rising to the Challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    March 13, 2020

    Our epidemiologists, virologists, policy experts, and specialists in preparedness and health security are collaborating in efforts across all areas of the coronavirus response.

    Read Dean’s Statement

  • Reflections on the Legacy of U.S. Congressman Cummings

    October 17, 2019

    Remembering U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings — civil rights advocate, voice of equality and respect, champion of Baltimore and the U.S.

    A Remembrance

  • Fall Dean’s Letter 2019

    October 10, 2019

    Fostering interdisciplinary collaborations and bold solutions to complex public health problems.

    Fall Dean’s Letter 2019

  • Our Great City of Baltimore

    August 1, 2019

    Baltimore is where we live, work, study, and care about our neighbors. We are proud to be a part of this community, and we are working every day to improve lives in this beautiful and diverse city, as well as around the world.

    Dean’s Statement—Challenge, Opportunity and Progress in Baltimore

  • The Bloomberg School in 2019

    February 6, 2019

    2019 presents major opportunities to build on our School’s deep strengths, long history and recent achievements to realize the power of public health.

    Dean’s Statement—The Bloomberg School in 2019

  • Recognizing Gender Diversity

    November 1, 2018

    The definition of sex proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contradicts scientific evidence on gender identity and has the potential to cause great harm.

    Dean’s Statement—Recognizing Gender Diversity

  • Violence in America

    October 30, 2018

    The violence we saw in the U.S. last week is not normal or inevitable. In public health, we must address violence in all its forms and fight for policies and services that would prevent future tragedies.

    Dean’s Statement—Violence in America

  • Fall Dean’s Letter 2018

    October 24, 2018

    Defining the priorities that can help us achieve our vision of a healthier world for all.


    Fall Dean’s Letter 2018

  • Helping the Displaced

    October 2, 2018

    We must protect the health—and human rights—of those forced from their homes.

    Ellen’s Column—Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine Fall 2018

  • The Case for Advocacy

    July 1, 2018

    Our work cannot stop with designing and executing a research study.

    Ellen’s Column—Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine Fall 2018

  • Separating Families at U.S. Borders is a Public Health Issue

    June 14, 2018

    There are many in our School and in our field who plan to use evidence and a commitment to human rights to seek an end to the unacceptable practice of separating children from their parents in search of asylum in the United States.

    Dean’s Statement—Separating Families at the Border

  • Gun Violence and Public Health

    February 26, 2018

    It is a critical time in the effort to reduce mass shootings and daily gun violence.

    Dean’s Statement—Gun Violence and Public Health

  • Statement on the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

    January 25, 2018

    As deans of schools of public health, we are announcing today that, after considering numerous factors and scientific best practices, our schools are not accepting funding from or pursuing work with this Foundation.

    Dean’s Statement—Foundation for a Smoke-Free World

  • Seven Banned Words at CDC

    December 18, 2017

    Public health community is dismayed by reports of the CDC being instructed not to use certain words.

    Dean’s Statement—Striking Key Words in CDC Budget

  • Essentials from Ellen

    November 30, 2017

    My First Year in Public Health Was Challenging, Eye-opening and Fantastic.

    Ellen’s Column—Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine Fall 2017

  • Fall Dean’s Letter 2017

    November 7, 2017

    Synergy and resilience in preparing for opportunities and challenges in the next 100 years.

    Fall Dean’s Letter 2017