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August 27, 2013

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Establishes Show Chwan Endowed Professorship in Health Policy and Management

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is receiving a gift from Dr. Min-Ho Huang to endow the Show Chwan Professorship in the Department of Health Policy and Management.

“Of all the gifts a university receives, few make a more profound or lasting difference than the gift of an endowed professorship,” said Ronald J. Daniels, president of The Johns Hopkins University. “Through their generosity, Dr. and Madame Huang are helping Johns Hopkins set ever-higher standards in education, service and discovery that improve and save lives around the world.”

Dr. Huang is president of the Show Chwan Health Care System in Taiwan, which he established in 1973 and named to commemorate his father. A trained surgeon, Dr. Huang earned his Master in Public Health degree from the Bloomberg School in 1996 as part of the Taiwan Health Elite Program. The Bloomberg School established the Program in 1994 to prepare many of the government’s leaders to oversee changes to Taiwan’s health care delivery.

Johns Hopkins University has 864 graduates from Taiwan—the largest number, 336, are alumni of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Four of the 10 ministers to lead Taiwan’s health ministry were trained by the Bloomberg School and another trained with faculty from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

“I am grateful to Dr. and Madame Huang for establishing this endowed professorship and for their lasting commitment to public health and to the Bloomberg School,” said Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87, dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health. “We are proud to have the name Show Chwan associated with the Bloomberg School in perpetuity as a symbol of our warm relationship and shared commitment to saving lives.”

The Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health seeks to improve health and prevent disease and disability through the education of future public health leaders, and through research on the causes and possible remedies of significant public health problems facing our nation and other industrialized countries.

Johns Hopkins recognizes the Show Chwan Professorship as a contribution to Rising to the Challenge: The Campaign for Johns Hopkins, an effort to raise $4.5 billion, primarily to support students, faculty, and research and interdisciplinary solutions to some of humanity's most important problems. The campaign, supporting both The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, was publicly launched in May 2013 and is targeted for completion in 2017. Including the professorship, more than $2.1 billion has been committed so far.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health media contact: Tim Parsons at 410-955-7619 or