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


Dear Colleagues and Friends,  

I’m excited to share that 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. We have held the top spot since 1994, the year the rankings began. This year’s rankings include 213 accredited public health schools and programs, and we are proud to be recognized by our outstanding peers. 

This year’s rankings again include specialty areas within public health, which are based on peer nominations. We’re honored to have been named as a leader in the following fields: 

  • #1 Environmental Health Sciences 

  • #1 Epidemiology 

  • #1 Health Policy and Management 

  • #1 Social and Behavioral Sciences 

  • #2 Biostatistics 

Our School succeeds thanks to the dedication and determination of our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and supporters. I am deeply grateful to all of you for your commitment to protecting health, saving lives, and preparing the next generation of public health leaders. 

We recognize the limitations and imperfections of the methodology used by U.S. News & World Report, but it is an honor to be held in such high esteem by peers at other schools and programs of public health. We are proud of the impact we are making in communities around the world, and excited about our new initiatives and ventures designed to meet the complex public health challenges ahead.  

Here are a few highlights from the past year:  

  • The Bloomberg American Health Initiative continues to lead the way in addressing the most pressing health challenges in the U.S., with 329 Bloomberg Fellows representing 258 collaborating organizations that include law enforcement agencies, libraries, community-based organizations, and local health departments.  

  • Our Center for Health Security received a $23.5 million award to partner with the CDC on a pioneering new epidemic preparedness project, and we were selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation to lead a new Johns Hopkins Center for Climate-Smart Transportation.  

  • We launched a new Center for Global Women’s Health and Gender Equity to address key issues including gender-based violence, economic and social empowerment, and equitable norms and health systems. 

  • The Planetary Health Alliance now has a home at Johns Hopkins, and just this month we announced the launch of a Universitywide Johns Hopkins Institute for Planetary Health that will bring together efforts across disciplines to work at the intersection of human health and the environment. 

  • We demonstrated that narrower traffic lanes can prevent collisions, uncovered new protective benefits of breast milk, and published an important study on the chemistry of mosquito attraction.  

  • We remain dedicated to communicating about public health, serving as a trusted source through a wide array of channels including our websitemagazineExpert Insights and Global Health NOW newsletters, social mediavideos, and Public Health On Call podcast, and the media.

  • We were proud to deliver our self-study for CEPH reaccreditation and to host a committee of reviewers to share more about how we work together across the School to advance public health education, research, and practice. 

  • This year, we will break ground on a new building that is boldly designed to nurture community and collaboration, foster more research opportunities, and connect us to our neighbors in Baltimore. It will be a vibrant space where community members can work together seamlessly on the most urgent public health challenges.  

As proud as we are of our achievements, we continue to face daunting public health issues from racial health disparities to threats to reproductive health at home to humanitarian crises abroad. In facing such challenges, we remain committed to pursuing and advocating for the lifesaving power of public health at local and global levels, training new leaders, and translating our discoveries to practices and policies that advance the health of communities and populations.  

As always, I am humbled and inspired to be dean of the Bloomberg School. I’m grateful to all of you as we work toward our shared vision of a healthier, more equitable world.  


Ellen MacKenzie Signature

Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD ’79, ScM ’75 


Bloomberg Distinguished Professor