Happy Birthday, Department of Epidemiology! This academic year (2018-2019) marks the centennial year of the department, which is also the oldest department for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Rich in history, two of the department’s most famous discoveries involved viruses. In 1948, immunologists in the Department of Epidemiology identified three types of poliovirus, laying the groundwork for what led to the Salk polio vaccine. 50 years later, Virologist Keerti Shah co-authored the definitive epidemiology study linking cervical cancer to HPV, paving the way for diagnostic testing and the vaccine.
The American Journal of Epidemiology, originally The American Journal of Hygiene, and the oldest epidemiology peer reviewed journal, is still housed in the department today.
In honor of the centennial, the Department of Epidemiology produced a 25-minute documentary looking back at the last 100 years and what the departments hopes for in the future. Starting at the 14-minute mark, the video branches from the department’s history and begins the vision for the future. At the 20-minute mark, faculty discuss teaching and mentoring students.
The documentary provides great insight into the Department of Epidemiology, whether your interest is in the history, faculty mentoring or future research.