About International Health
Department Chair: Dr. David Peters
The Department of International Health is a global leader and partner in building capacity and identifying, developing, testing, and implementing practices and policies that help the world’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people improve their health and well-being.
Since its modest beginning in 1961, the Department of International Health has developed a renowned, multidisciplinary faculty and grown into a global leadership role in health research, policy analysis, and program implementation.
International Health was acknowledged as a distinct academic discipline in 1961, when the first formal program of its type was introduced at Johns Hopkins. The program grew out of long-standing interests at the School of Public Health in the global health problems of developing countries and in relevant research and program management by international agencies and national governments.
In 1967, the Division of International Health within the Department of Public Health Administration became the independent Department of International Health. Under the leadership of Carl Taylor, the Department focused its research and training on the delivery of global health care at the community level and on health services planning for developing countries.
Under the leadership of Robert Black, who served as chair from 1985 till 2013, and the current chair, David Peters, the Department has added and strengthened subject areas, which now include:
- Prevention and control of disease
- Vaccine development, evaluation, and policy
- Human nutrition
- Behavioral and community interventions
- Health systems policy, planning, and management
- Humanitarian assistance