Who We Are
Laura Morlock, PhD
Executive Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Laura Morlock, PhD (Johns Hopkins University) is an organizational sociologist and has been a professor in the Bloomberg School's Department of Health Policy and Management since 1989. In her role as executive vice dean for academic affairs she oversees the major academic offices that serve to facilitate and coordinate educational programs. She provides leadership in developing and continuously improving the educational programs of the School. She works with the Dean, associate and vice deans, department chairs and faculty to develop and implement new academic programs, particularly online learning and international initiatives. She helps develop consensus among departments regarding major academic initiatives and ensures that the School maintains policies and educational programs consistent with the requirements of governmental agencies and accrediting bodies
Gregory D. Kirk, MD, PhD ’03, MPH ’95
Vice Dean for Research
Kirk provides leadership for research strategy and related initiatives for the School. He serves as the Institutional Official with operational oversight for the Institutional Review Board. His other responsibilities broadly include monitoring and expanding the School's research portfolio and enhancing faculty competitiveness for research funding, while ensuring regulatory compliance and responsible, reproducible conduct of research. Previously, he was Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research in the Department of Medicine. He is a professor of Epidemiology and of Medicine with a dual appointment in Oncology.
Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice & Training
In addition to his role as associate dean for public health practice and training, Sharfstein holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management. Sharfstein brings a wealth of experience and insights that will strengthen the practice, teaching, and research opportunities available to our faculty and students.
Keshia M. Pollack Porter, PhD ’06, MPH
Associate Dean for Faculty
Pollack Porter is responsible for initiatives to enhance the faculty experience, maximize productivity and promote retention. She oversees professional development and skill-building, ensuring adequate mentoring and implementing networking opportunities to foster collaboration and a culture of inclusiveness at all stages of faculty life. She is also a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy and a member of the leadership teams for the Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Center for Health Disparities Solutions.
Elizabeth Stuart, PhD
Associate Dean for Education
In her role as Associate Dean for Education, Stuart is responsible for creating and leading a culture of educational research and innovation, including improving the quality of the School’s educational initiatives. She will also continue her appointment as professor in the Department of Mental Health, with joint appointments in Biostatistics and Health Policy and Management.
Michael Ward, MEd
Associate Dean for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Ward is responsible for the Bloomberg School's Student Affairs Office. Student Affairs includes the Office of Student Life, the Admissions Office, the Financial Aid Office, Operations, Career Services, SOURCE, and Records and Registration. He also handles issues related to academic ethics.
Jon Vernick, Director
Office of Academic Integrity
In his role as director of the office of academic integrity, Vernick coordinates and oversees activities related to academic ethics and serves as a resource to students and faculty for issues of academic integrity that arise in the Bloomberg School. In addition, Vernick serves as a Professor in the Department of Health, Policy and Management whose research focuses on the use of law and legal interventions to further public health and injury prevention goals.