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Since its founding in 1916 as the first independent graduate school of public health, the School has been making public health history.

Defined by academic excellence, pioneering research and the translation of knowledge into practice, the School has been at the vanguard of public health for a century, providing population-level solutions to urgent public health problems around the world.

Its rich history illustrates the breadth and depth of the School's mission and defines a legacy of trailblazing work to advance public health.

A transformative period in the School's history is chronicled in the new book Health and Humanity: A History of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1935-1985 by School historian Karen Kruse Thomas, PhD. Published in June 2016 by Johns Hopkins University Press to coincide with the Centennial, the narrative history explores the development of public health at Johns Hopkins set in the context of mid-twentieth century public health education, research and policy.

Take a look at some history-focused Centennial stories in the School's magazine, Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health.

Turning Points 

Our First Century 

Objects of Affection

A Century of Saving Lives 


In this rare 1932 film, the School's founding dean William Henry Welch discusses his remarkable career.

William Henry Welch: The Early Battles Against Disease

William Henry Welch, the founding dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, shares insights about his research in Germany in the 1870s and early twentieth-century scientific advances in this 1932 film.