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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

Crafting a Strategy for the Future of Our School

Strategic Plan Updates

Feedback as of May 4, 2018


Respondants to the online survey


Participants in focus groups

Input has been received from:












Survey on Objectives and Strategies to be opened 5/31.


Surveys and focus groups have provided information on relative importance of themes, potential for consolidation of themes and qualitative feedback on content of themes, objectives and especially specific strategies respondents would like to see implemented.

Writing group activities:

  • Based on this feedback, have chosen five areas of focus and assigned members of the writing group to each of the areas 
  • Using feedback from surveys and focus groups and interviews with key informants, writing group members are working to develop, for each focus area, a strategic goal, objectives and actionable items 
  • Team met earlier this week to exchange feedback, currently working on version 2.0 of objectives 
  • Will review results at leadership retreat June 6-7—up to one day of retreat will be focused on developing goals, objectives and strategies that will be ready for public comment and presentation to Health Advisory Board on 6/16 
  • Revised timeline for circulating goals/objectives/strategies to follow leadership retreat

Next steps:

  • Review at leadership retreat
  • Share next round of goals/objectives/strategies with School community following leadership input
  • Present proposed goals/objectives/strategies with HAB 6/16
  • Update based on feedback, write plan over summer, final version to be completed in October


The SPWG met on 4/27/18 to review feedback received to date and begin to make decisions around consolidation of themes. Individual group members were assigned specific focus areas and are reaching out to experts in the School, community and other partner organizations for input on developing objectives and specific strategies related to these areas. The group will convene again on May 15 to finalize the core areas of focus, review strategic goals, and map objectives to these goals. Results of this work will be released for public comment 5/31/18.

As of 5/4/18, 18 focus groups conducted with 164 representatives from all 10 departments and 284 individuals have responded to the survey.

Two more meetings are scheduled for the week of 5/7: one with administrative staff and one with members of SOURCE. We are also scheduling a meeting with local community leaders.​


Meeting of the SPWG to review procedures for integrating feedback, developing objectives, and iteratively obtaining the next round of feedback from stakeholders.

As of 4/23/18, 13 focus groups conducted with 124 representatives from all 10 departments: 

  • all levels of faculty rank (70)
  • students (22)
  • research staff (23)
  • alumni (9)

Five more scheduled: doctoral students, SOURCE staff, committee on equity, diversity and civility, MPH students, alumni.

Three more to be scheduled: community members, committee chairs, admin staff.


Focus group with five non-MPH Masters students (three from Health Policy and Management, two from Health Behavior and Society) conducted by Michael Matunis, Katherine Frey and Lorraine Dean.


Invitation to take survey sent to HAB members by Dani Fallin.

Focus group with nine research staff conducted by Joanna Cohen and Katherine Frey:

  • Biology and Molecular Biology (1)
  • Epidemiology (1)
  • Health Policy and Management (2)
  • Health Behavior and Society (2)
  • International Health (2)
  • Population, Family and Reproductive Health (1)


Focus group with 11 tenured professors conducted by David Peters, Lorraine Dean and Katherine Frey:

  • Environmental Health and Engineering (1) 
  • Epidemiology (3)
  • Health Policy and Management (1)
  • International Health (1)
  • Molecular Microbiology and Immunology (3) 
  • Population, Family and Reproductive Health (1)


Focus group with four non-MPH Masters students (three Epidemiology, one Health Policy and Management) conducted by Michael Matunis and Katherine Frey.

As of 4/17/18, 18 focus groups have been scheduled. Still working to set up focus groups with administrative staff, community members, and chairs of the standing committees.

169 survey responses have been received to date:

  • 71 from alumni (42%)
  • 40 from faculty (24%)
  • 31 from staff (18%)
  • 27 from students (16%)

The most important theme selected so far: Elevate the role of public health (28% of respondents).

The least popular theme is a tie between: Extend boundaries of public health (14% of respondents) and build institutional resilience (13.5% of respondents).


Focus group with 9 Washington DC alumni conducted by Katherine Frey (1 MHS, 6 MPH, 1 MPH/JD, 1 MPH/MBA).

Survey sent to Maryland Association of County Health Officers.


Focus group with six research staff conducted by Joanna Cohen and Katherine Frey: 

  • Center for a Livable Future (1)
  • Health Policy and Management (1)
  • Health Behavior and Society (4)

Focus group with five doctoral students conducted by Dani Fallin:

  • Mental Health (1)
  • Health Behavior and Society (1)
  • Health Policy and Management (3)


Invitation to take survey sent to alumni by Dani Fallin.

Focus Group conducted with the Faculty Senate by Joanna Cohen and Katherine Frey. 27 faculty were present, including:

  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2)
  • Biostatistics (2)
  • Environmental Health and Engineering (3)
  • Epidemiology (3)
  • Health, Behavior and Society (3)
  • Health Policy and Management (4)
  • International Health (3)
  • Mental Health (1)
  • Molecular and Microbiology (2)
  • Population, Family and Reproductive Health (4)

Focus Group with seven non-tenured faculty from Mental Health, International Health, Environmental Health and Engineering, and Epidemiology conducted by Michael Matunis and Katherine Frey:

  • Research Associates (2)
  • Assistant Scientist (1)
  • Assistant Professors (3)
  • Associate Professor (1)

Invited three new members to writing group: Lorraine Dean, Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology; Lisa Walborn, Administrator, Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, and Justin Jacob, PhD Candidate and President of Student Government.


Initial announcement of SP process from Dean MacKenzie sent to members of the Health Advisory Board.

As of 4/11/18, 17 focus groups have been organized (Tenured faculty; non-tenured faculty; Faculty Senate; IH Steering Committee; research staff; doctoral students; MPH students; other Masters students; alumni [DC and NYC]; Committee on Equity, Diversity, and Civility).

Working on setting up meetings with SOURCE staff, community members identified by SOURCE and departmental administrators.

Dean MacKenzie has held several informal feedback sessions, including with the staff from the Student Affairs office and with Maryland local health department health officers, who have agreed to respond to the themes via the survey. Early feedback highlighted homogeneity of the SPWG, both in terms of racial diversity and representation from different stakeholders in the School, particularly students and faculty ranks beyond professor. Based on this feedback, additional members are being invited to join the writing group, and enhanced emphasis will be placed on seeking multi-level feedback across all stakeholders at all stages of the planning process.


Initial announcement of SP process from Dean MacKenzie sent to alumni.


Invitation to take survey sent to faculty, student and staff by Dani Fallin.

Doctoral student focus group (two Epidemiology, two Health Policy and Management, two Mental Health, and one student from the Graduate Training Program in Clinical Investigation) conducted by Dani Fallin and Katherine Frey.


Focus group with International Health Steering Committee to review proposed themes conducted by David Peters and Katherine Frey. 17 from the department participated: 10 faculty, five staff, two students.


Initial announcement of SP process from Dean MacKenzie sent to faculty, students and staff.


Meeting of SPWG: The members of the SPWG met to discuss final presentation of themes, communication surrounding release of themes and survey, review procedures for conducting focus groups


Presentation of proposed themes at School Management Meeting. The candidate themes were discussed and feedback was given to the SPWG by members of the School’s management team. These discussions informed the development of the final document listing themes and descriptions of each theme.


Presentation of proposed themes at joint Faculty Senate/Committee of the Whole meeting. Feedback incorporated into working document.


First meeting of Strategic Plan Writing Group (SPWG): We reviewed the committee mandate, set ground rules for moving the project forward, and agreed upon a broad timeline for SP activities. A final version of the SP will be presented to the Board of Trustees in October of 2018. By the end of March, a first draft of the proposed themes and objectives will be presented to the School’s Management Team.

Throughout the spring, the next iteration of the themes and objectives will be posted on an internal website for public review and comment, and a series of focus groups will be held with stakeholders to solicit feedback. Specifically, the SPWG will seek reactions to the proposed themes and objectives in addition to feedback on areas that may not be covered but are critical to the development of the School’s SP. Additionally, members of the SPWG will meet individually with opinion leaders and stakeholders to receive external input on potential areas of growth or strategic importance that can be addressed in the planning process.