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Centennial 2016

Marking a Century of Groundbreaking Public Health

The Centennial of the Bloomberg School was celebrated with a once-in-a-century celebration of programs, festivities and innovative projects that spotlighted 100 years of pioneering public health.

Centennial logo: 100 Years and Beyond

Events included special Centennial celebration months for the MPH Program and the ten academic departments, a monthly Centennial Lunch and Learn series and the installation at the School of visually striking Centennial panel displays on the School's history and current work in key public health areas. A display of 100 objects that shaped public health was curated and used to demonstrate the impact of the field on daily life. Over the course of the year, alumni hosted well over 100 Centennial Dinners to connect the Bloomberg School family in cities and towns across the globe.

In June 2016 the Johns Hopkins University Press published Health and Humanity: A History of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1935-1985 by School historian Karen Kruse Thomas, PhD, which presents a comprehensive look at the School's history and accomplishments from the mid-to-late twentieth century.

A culminating symposium, What's Next? The Future of Public Health, gathered some of the nation’s top writers on issues affecting health to share their unique perspectives on what's ahead in pandemics, mental health and social justice, based on their careful study of the issues.

The Centennial provided an opportunity to recognize excellence in leadership among our alumni. 

The Centennial—which officially concluded in late 2016—provided a sweeping retrospective of the School’s history, an assessment of its legacy and a vision for its future as a public health pacesetter, guided by the institution’s mission: Protecting Health, Saving Lives—Millions at a Time.