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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

Crafting a Strategy for the Future of Our School

A Plan for the Future

When Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health first opened its doors in 1916, as the first school of public health of its kind, infectious disease was the greatest threat to American lives.

The perils of smoking were still not widely known. The first case of HIV was decades away, and climate change had not yet become a global problem. Many discoveries, innovations, and new health challenges have changed the landscape of health in America and the world over the past century. In all that time, the Bloomberg School’s mission has not wavered. People across the country and around the world recognize our excellence in public health research, education and practice. Unlike at other schools of public health, lab-based science is embedded in our work and we forge strong relationships across disciplines that enhance the outcomes of our research and practice. The breadth and depth of our portfolio prepare us well for the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead when it comes to realizing our vision: Protecting Health, Saving Lives—Millions at a Time.

Even an institution with a century of history and accomplishments behind it, however, should not assume it can maintain excellence without examining where it is today and anticipating and planning for what tomorrow may bring. To maintain our place as a leader and innovator, we have spent the past several months developing a strategic plan that will ensure we can meet the future of public health head on. Created in collaboration with faculty, students, alumni, and other members of our community, the plan will guide how we set priorities, allocate resources, recognize the contributions of faculty and students, and work with internal and external stakeholders to move the school forward over the next five years. At the same time, it will set the stage for the longer haul of sustaining public health gains and innovating to deal with new health threats we might not even know exist.

Baltimore, the United States and the world are all changing due to social, political, technological, and other natural and manmade forces. The Bloomberg School’s strategic plan aims to preserve our excellence in our core strengths of teaching and science, maintain our global reach and engagement with communities at home and around the world, boost the public’s understanding of why public health matters, and make our school a place where everyone thrives. It will also build the institutional resilience necessary to tackle unknown challenges the Bloomberg School and the field of public health may soon face.

To achieve our strategic goals, we will need sustainable financial and human resources and clear-eyed leadership throughout the school’s departments, programs and centers. We will also need deep partnerships with others who share our vision of a healthier world, including people and institutions in our Baltimore community, public health leaders and grassroots organizations in the U.S. and around the globe, national governments, and other schools of public health.

We have focused the plan on five strategic goals that we believe will set the best course for the School’s future. They are:

  1. Reinforce our excellence in public health education and anticipate future needs
  2. Incubate and accelerate groundbreaking, life-saving public health research
  3. Partner to improve health and advance social justice worldwide, with a special commitment to Baltimore
  4. Foster a diverse, inclusive and nurturing environment for students, faculty and staff
  5. Communicate and advocate for the value of public health

The obvious next step after writing a strategic plan is implementing it. By presenting this document to the Bloomberg School community, we mean to set in motion a series of actions that further our mission in years to come. Every member of our community will be called upon to help bring the plan to life—and we are confident all will benefit from its far-reaching effects.

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Protecting Health, Saving Lives—Millions at a Time


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is dedicated to the improvement of health through discovery, dissemination, and translation of knowledge and the education of a diverse global community of research scientists and public health professionals.


  • Excellence, integrity, equity, diversity, and civility in all of our activities and initiatives
  • Scholarship, critical thinking, innovation, and scientific rigor
  • Discovery, dissemination, and translation of knowledge into sustainable, evidence-based public health programs and policies
  • Collaboration and capacity building with communities and public health practitioners locally, nationally, and globally
  • Education of current and future public health leaders who will embrace these values in their research and practice, adhering to the tenets of the International Declaration of Health Rights