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A Century of Saving Lives

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A Century of Saving Lives

1916 ‐ 2016


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School History

The book Health and Humanity, from Johns Hopkins University Press, chronicles five decades of the School's history from 1935 to 1985. 

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Centennial 100 Dinners
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Alumni, students, faculty and friends of the School have attended 207 Centennial dinners across the globe!

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A Century of Groundbreaking Public Health

The Centennial of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health launched in July 2015 with the arrival of the Centennial MPH Class, kicking off a once-in-a-century celebration of programs, festivities and innovative projects that spotlighted 100 years of pioneering public health.

The School community's high spirits at the Centennial Fun Festival in September 2015 set the tone for a historic year at the oldest, largest and #1 school of public health—connecting a century of achievements to the promise of new advances for the next century.

Events and projects included special Centennial celebration months for the MPH Program and the ten academic departments, a monthly Centennial Lunch and Learn series and the installation at the School of visually striking Centennial panel displays on the School's history and current work in key public health areas. We also reached our goal of 100 Centennial Dinners around the world in December 2015—way ahead of schedule! But we're not stopping, and faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the School continue to eat their way around the world.

With perfect timing, in June 2016 Johns Hopkins University Press published Health and Humanity: A History of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1935-1985 by School historian Karen Kruse Thomas, PhD. The book presents a comprehensive look at the School's history and accomplishments from the mid-to-late twentieth century.

On June 9, 2016, the future was the sole focus at one of the culminating events of the Centennial: What's Next? The Future of Public Health. The symposium gathered some of the nation’s top writers on issues affecting health to share their unique perspectives on what's ahead in pandemics, mental health and social justice, based on their careful study of the issues. If you weren't able to attend, read about the event or watch the video.

The School celebrated its official 100th birthday on June 13, 2016 with a schoolwide Centennial birthday party!

In all, the Centennial—which officially concludes in late 2016—has been a sweeping retrospective of the School’s history, an assessment of its legacy and a vision for its future as a public health pacesetter, guided by the institution’s mission: Protecting Health, Saving Lives—Millions at a Time.

Message From the Dean
Dean Klag

“This Centennial will both celebrate the past century of lifesaving contributions by the Bloomberg School and help us chart the next century’s priorities for improving health worldwide.”

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Centennial Highlights
Message from the Dean

Celebrations and programs showcased 100 years of pioneering public health and defined the challenges for the next century.

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Centennial History
Eskridge Lydia Child

Find out more about the Bloomberg School's history-making achievements at the forefront of public health.

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