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A Century of Saving Lives

Centennial Highlights

Launched in June of 2015, the Bloomberg School's Centennial runs through 2016. The diverse itinerary of exciting and informative activities have included more than 170 Centennial dinners around the world, department celebrations, a second book on the School’s history, a glimpse into the future of public health and a once-in-a-century party to celebrate 100 years of public health innovation and impact! 

Here are some highlights from the Centennial year.

  • 100 Objects That Shaped Public Health
    In honor of our Centennial, we asked experts from across our School — epidemiologists, physicians, statisticians, researchers of all stripes — to tell us about objects that have shaped public health, for better or for worse. We couldn’t be more excited about the 100 objects that ended up on this list. From the obscure to the everyday, from the ancient to the cutting edge, these objects will help you truly appreciate the vast reach of public health.
  • The Official Centennial Birthday Party!
    On June 13, 2016, the School's official 100th birthday, we threw a schoolwide party to recognize a century of pioneering public health—and to have some fun! 
  • What's Next? The Future of Public Health
    On June 9, 2016, we convened some of the nation’s top writers on issues affecting health to explore what’s ahead in pandemics, social justice and mental health, based on their careful study of the issues. If you missed it, watch a video of the event.
  • Around the World in 100 Dinners
    We reached our goal way ahead of schedule. As of July 2016, members of the School’s global community of alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends had hosted or attended more than 170 dinners around the world.
  • The School’s History—Volume Two
    Health and Humanity: A History of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1935-1985, was published in June 2016 by Johns Hopkins University Press. School historian Karen Kruse Thomas’ 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.
  • Centennial Kickoff
    The festivities commenced June 29, 2015, with the arrival of the first students on campus, the Centennial MPH Class of 2016. A schoolwide Centennial launch was held in September 2015 as the Bloomberg School student community returned to campus in full force. June 29, 2015
    The arrival of the MPH class on June 29, 2015 for a two-day orientation launched the Centennial celebration. The School also welcomed the first group of incoming students in the 2015-2016 academic year, with Centennial-themed activities and a preview of the historic year ahead.
  • Centennial Fun Festival: Centennial spirits were high at a daylong kickoff celebration on September 9, 2015 for the School’s current faculty, staff and students. More than 1,000 faculty, staff and students attended the event!
  • Centennial Lunch and Learn: View videos of the lecture series on the history of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which ran from September 2015 through June 2016. The lectures, delivered by School historian Karen Kruse Thomas, PhD, chronicle the School's evolution over the past century.
  • Department Celebrations
    Each of the School’s 10 departments and the MPH Program held their own Centennial-focused events, from September 2015 to May 2016.
  • Public Health Displays and Exhibits
    Innovative exhibits throughout the School’s two main buildings on the East Baltimore campus document a century of public health milestones while exploring the future of public health.

Department Celebrations

Each of the School’s ten departments and the MPH Program were featured during one month of the Centennial year. Centennial-focused events and activities showcased their unique histories and accomplishments.

From International Health—the first academic unit of its kind in the world—to Health, Behavior and Society, the School’s newest department, the celebrations provided a panoramic perspective across public health disciplines.

For more information, contact Michelle Rockwitz at