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Bloomberg School Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report


Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I write with excellent and rewarding news: The Bloomberg School has again been named the #1 public health school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We have held the top spot since the rankings began in 1994. As the number of schools and programs in public health continues to grow (now numbering 68 accredited schools of public health and 139 programs), remaining #1 is an ever-humbling accolade.

I’m grateful that your amazing work for our School has been recognized with this honor. Your contributions as faculty member, student, staff, alum, or friend of the School make external recognition like this possible.

Among specialties also ranked by U.S. News and reflective of the work of our School and its partnerships across the University, Johns Hopkins ranked #1 (tie) in the first-ever ranking in biostatistics, #1 in health policy and management, #3 (tie) in molecular biology, #5 in immunology/infectious disease, #8 in biochemistry, and #16 (tie) in environmental/environmental health engineering.

As a School and across so many disciplines, you are helping drive real change in human health.

This latest accolade also confirms that our vision and focused efforts around our 2019–2023 strategic plan are spurring remarkable progress. Earlier this year, we assessed our work and found the School is making significant advances across our key priorities of education, science, partnerships, people, and advocacy.

Recent achievements include:

  • Enhanced collaborative teaching and active learning as well as expanded hybrid teaching capabilities
  • Our robust response to COVID-19 with research awards exceeding $100 million, highlighting our multidisciplinary approach to research
  • Growth in our networks of partnerships in Baltimore and around the world
  • Significant steps toward our inclusion, diversity, anti-racism, and equity (IDARE) priorities
  • Impactful advocacy and communications efforts

Our strategic plan is also helping guide our planned transformation of the School’s campus, including a new 200,000-square-foot building that will provide enhanced space for state-of-the-art teaching and learning, research collaboration, and community engagement. The design is well-suited to the evolving nature of work and education.

As we pursue this work and these enhancements to our School, the mission of public health has been rediscovered by young people eager to help protect health and save lives—millions at a time.

While opportunities for continued success are boundless, we are still fighting a pandemic that has revealed a clear need to invest in public health infrastructure and training globally. And our communities still face persistent health inequities rooted in structural racism. So, even with our accomplishments thus far, we must still work relentlessly to confront the myriad barriers to human health.

Our #1 ranking represents important recognition from our peers. With the additional excellent rankings across related specialty areas, it also serves as an additional confirmation that we’re on the right trajectory for advancing public health.

Thank you,

Ellen MacKenzie Signature

Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD ’79, ScM ’75
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor