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History, Mission and Values

William Henry WelchEstablished in 1989 through a grant from the “Health of the Public” Initiative, funded by the Pew and Rockefeller Foundations, the Welch Center has long been engaged in multidisciplinary research intended to strengthen the practice of medicine and improve public health. Symbolizing this combined emphasis on clinical and population-based research, the Center is named after William Henry Welch, the first and only Hopkins professor to have held the positions of Dean of the School of Medicine and Dean of the School of Public Health.

Since 1989, we have grown from six to over 30 core faculty members. Reflecting Dr. Welch’s ability to bridge disciplines, Welch faculty typically have strong affiliations with both schools and continue to develop new opportunities for collaboration with many other entities across the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. In addition, over 40 Associate Faculty make substantive contributions to our mission while maintaining a primary affiliation with other Departments or Centers.

Today, our faculty members make their academic home in the Welch Center, located at 2024 E. Monument Street on the East Baltimore campus of the Johns Hopkins University. 

Mission and Values

Our primary mission is to improve population health by conducting rigorous research that integrates clinical medicine with public health expertise and by training the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers and scholars.

To meet this mission, we harness the talents of groups of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to disease prevention, health promotion, and evidence-based health practices. Our research has three hallmarks: first, to understand the etiology of chronic disease and disability; second, to develop and evaluate strategies that promote health and prevent disease; and third, to translate discoveries into clinical practice and health policy.

At the Welch Center, our core values include: integrity, excellence, leadership, diversity, inclusion, collaboration, respect, collegiality, innovation and mentoring.