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Welcome MPHers!

The Bloomberg School’s newest students get themselves oriented.


Meet the MPH class of 2014.

They’re 60 percent women, 40 percent physicians, 44 percent international students, and ages 22 to 53.

They’re social workers, nurses, lawyers, veterinarians, community health workers and physical therapists. They’re from the U.S., Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.

Now they’re on campus for two days of orientation—meeting faculty, staff and each other, picking up ID badges and learning the details of the 11-month-long Master of Public Health program before classes formally begin on July 3.

One of the first items on the agenda: a welcome from Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH, who recalled his own orientation as an MPH student at the School 27 years ago.

“I remember it really well, I was excited and also a little bit anxious,” he admitted before presenting a short course on the School’s history, from its founding in 1916 to its position for the past 20 years as the top school of public health in the U.S.

Klag told the students to expect a “transformational” year.

“I can promise you,” he said, “that next June you will look at the world in a different way.”