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History of the Department

The establishment and growth of the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School is key to the history of epidemiology as a public health discipline in this country and throughout the world.

Today's faculty adhere to the legacy set down for them in the early days of the Department: they are established scientists of excellent reputation with extensive teaching experience.

The Department's history is rich and varied; its landmark events begin with the appointment of Dr. Wade Hampton Frost as resident lecturer and head of the newly formed Epidemiology Department in September 1919. In 1930, Dr. Frost became the first professor of epidemiology in the United States.

Other milestones that have had an impact on the Department as it operates today include: