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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Ranked #1 by Peers in U.S. News & World Report


Dear Colleagues and Friends,  

 The Bloomberg School has again been named the #1 public health school in the nation by our peer schools and programs in this year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings. Our School has held the top spot since the rankings began in 1994. There are now 206 accredited public health schools and programs, and it is an honor to again receive this recognition from our peers. 

This year’s rankings include specialty areas within public health. In these rankings, which are based on peer nominations, we’re proud and honored to have been named by our peers as leading the field:  

  • #1 Biostatistics 
  • #1 Environmental Health Sciences 
  • #1 Epidemiology 
  • #1 Health Policy and Management 
  • #2 Social and Behavioral Sciences 

The School’s continued success is rooted in our people, and I’m grateful to you—our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends—for your incredible commitment to our mission and to excellence in public health education. Your contributions protect health, save lives, and prepare the next generation of public health leaders to drive change around the world. 

While we recognize the limitations and imperfections of the methodology used by U.S. News & World Report, we continue to be proud that our peers at other schools and programs of public health regard us highly. It is a reminder that our efforts, guided by the 2018–2023 strategic plan, are making a positive impact in Baltimore, across our nation, and around the world.  

Here are a few highlights from the past year:  

  • The Bloomberg American Health Initiative continues to lead the way in addressing our country’s most pressing health challenges, with 269 Bloomberg Fellows representing 235 collaborating organizations that include law enforcement agencies, libraries, community-based organizations, and local health departments.  
  • Our newly renamed Center for Indigenous Health is expanding its mission to work to support and study Indigenous communities worldwide. The Center was recently named a winner of the LEGO Foundation’s Build a World of Play Challenge, receiving $27.8 million to expand their Family Spirit home-visiting program and develop Indigenous-designed, intergenerational outdoor play spaces.  
  • Our Center for Gun Violence Solutions has continued to lead advocacy efforts to pass extreme risk protection orders, a proven method of reducing injuries and deaths that is now law in 19 states and the District of Columbia, and to study and promote other gun safety measures to help keep communities safe.  
  • The Bloomberg School helped launch the JHU-USCF Opioid Industry Documents Archive, a digital repository of more than 1.4 million litigation documents from companies whose work was found to have contributed to the opioid epidemic. The School also played a critical role in the development and implementation of a set of guiding principles to help states effectively spend their litigation funds to prevent further tragedies and save lives. 
  • Bloomberg School immunology researchers and colleagues from the School of Medicine who spearheaded a large clinical trial to study the efficacy of convalescent plasma as a therapy for COVID-19 were recognized with a 2023 Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award from the Clinical Research Forum. 
  • The Bloomberg School ran more than 30 COVID-19 prevention campaigns on social media, which reached more than 160 million U.S. adults.  

Today’s public health challenges—from health inequities rooted in long-standing societal racism to humanitarian crises and the always evolving threat of infectious disease—are daunting. Our everyday efforts and continued progress across our education, research, and practice missions are the true measure of our impact and excellence.  

It is an honor and a privilege to be a leader in our shared mission. I hope you all feel deeply proud and inspired as we look to our tasks that lie ahead.  

Thank you,  


Ellen MacKenzie Signature

Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD ’79, ScM ’75  

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor