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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Again Ranked #1 by U.S. News & World Report


Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has again been named the top public health school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The School has maintained the number one spot since the rankings began in 1994.

This year’s ranking  is from a growing field of candidates that now includes 68 accredited schools of public health and 139 public health programs.

Public health remains center stage as the world moves into the third year of the pandemic. The Bloomberg School community continues to work on ongoing challenges—studying SARS-CoV-2 variants, assessing treatments, developing strategies for preparedness and response to the current and the next pandemic—often collaborating with colleagues across the field. Bloomberg School researchers are also focused on broader issues, many of which were exacerbated by the pandemic, including health equity and access, opioid use disorder, gun violence, and refugee crises.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from our peer institutions and remain inspired by the commitment and extraordinary efforts by our School’s faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends,” said Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD, ScM. “Through difficult times, they have remained focused on their critical work and the ways they can improve human health. This accolade is all theirs.” 

The nation’s oldest and largest school of public health, the Bloomberg School was established at Johns Hopkins University in 1916. The School currently has more than 3,600 students and over 2,000 faculty members. With $500 million in annual research funding, more than 27,000 alumni, and work in over 60 countries, the School has unique impact and reach. 

A recent evaluation of the School’s five-year strategic plan, launched in 2018, found significant progress across its five core themes of education, science, partnerships, people, and advocacy. This latest accolade affirms that our vision and focused efforts around this plan are spurring remarkable progress. The plan has focused the School’s investments in its education, research, and practice missions. Recent achievements include:

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

“To achieve our goals of protecting health and advancing equity and social justice, we have worked hard to deepen our partnerships with those we serve,” said Dean MacKenzie. “Over the past year, we’ve expanded our relationships with public health partners as well as those outside of our field. Our influence grows as we increase our cross-sector collaborations in Baltimore, across the country, and around the world.”  

The strategic plan is also helping guide the 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. 

“We’ve seen a tremendous increase in enrollment in both our full-time and part-time online programs,” said Dean MacKenzie. “The Bloomberg School continues to expand its reach and make an even greater global impact. As we grow, we work continually to ensure our education is designed for today’s interdisciplinary world, and that it’s available to a broad, inclusive group of learners.” 

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Editor’s note:

The U.S. News ranking survey, which was sent to leaders of the accredited schools and programs, is based on a single question about the academic quality of each school or public health program.