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Taking the Lead—In Baltimore and Beyond

More than 11,000 lives lost to Ebola. Health disparities in Baltimore laid bare. 644 people in the U.S. infected with measles.

Some of the most high-profile news stories of the past year repeatedly reinforced the power of public health to control epidemics, prevent deadly diseases and build healthy cities.

Under the leadership of Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87, the Bloomberg School stepped up to these and other challenges—both in and out of the spotlight—deploying the power of public health research, education and practice.

School symposia on Ebola and measles brought together experts with experience across a range of public health and medical disciplines to broaden the discussions around the crises, present relevant research and propose potential solutions.

In the spring, when Baltimore convulsed with violence and protests triggered by the death of a young man in police custody, Dean Klag reaffirmed the School’s commitment to the city in a powerful statement.

“We will be engaged, and we will stay engaged. In collaboration with our community, with others across Johns Hopkins and the City of Baltimore, we will pursue health and justice with humanity and humility.”

Dean Michael J. Klag, Bloomberg. MD, MPH ’87
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

To that end, the Dean has charged the School’s departments and major offices to create synergies based on their current work and to design new approaches.

On the global front, he traveled to Cuba with the School’s Health Advisory Board, meeting with top public health officials and educators, and visiting scientific research institutes.

In Bangladesh, Dean Klag delivered a presentation on the public health burden of autism and attended a workshop on the development of an autism global action plan. And at the World Health Summit Regional Meeting in Kyoto, Japan, he kicked off the event with a speech at the opening ceremony.

The Dean concluded the year by launching the Bloomberg School’s Centennial, a year-long celebration of 100 years of lifesaving achievements, and an opportunity to chart a course for the School’s second century.