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Our Strategic Priorities

The Power of Science

Researcher in a lab


Solve the most important public health problems by incubating, accelerating and translating groundbreaking research.

Research is a cornerstone of the Bloomberg School’s mission, and important discoveries made by our faculty and research staff have helped improve the public’s health here at home and around the world for more than a century.

Our work stands out for its broad range of topics, depth in each area of study and wide span of scientific methods. Examples include our work in infectious disease, environmental health, health security and preparedness, mental health, non-communicable diseases, gun and tobacco policy, substance abuse, humanitarian action and response to trauma, reproductive health and other current and emerging major threats to the public’s health.

Our scientific investigators are in the lab, the field and the policy arena in more than 130 countries, spanning all six World Health Organization regions. We are one of very few accredited schools of public health where researchers conduct basic laboratory science and the only school of public health with a department that focuses on the growing priority of mental health. The Bloomberg School has also pioneered the field of data science for public health — through its MOOC initiatives that reach millions of learners, and through the discoveries of faculty that unlock new understanding of what molecules, physiology, behaviors and social networks tell us about the health of individuals and populations.


We begin with discovery. Then we change the world.


Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Alfred & Jill Sommer Professor and Chair, Molecular Microbiology & Immunology

A defining characteristic of much of our research is an emphasis on using science to inform practice and practice to inform and advance science. And our highly collegial, mutually supportive environment positions us well for success as more funders — whether public or private — require scientists and practitioners from diverse disciplines to work in high-functioning teams to find, then implement solutions.

In moving forward, our research will continue to emphasize interdisciplinary solutions to the most pressing public health challenges, leveraging the breadth and depth of our enterprise. Such efforts will require a nimble research ecosystem and strategies for incubating new ideas and accelerating the development of novel approaches to complex problems. A continued commitment to growing the field of data science will be critical for unleashing the power of data to better understand population health and opportunities for intervention. Importantly, we remain committed to taking public health solutions to scale and reaching populations most in need. Doing so will require new partnerships, a stronger commitment to sharing the knowledge and solutions we generate, as well as socially responsible commercialization of our intellectual property.


To champion the best in public health research, we will:

  • Transform our research ecosystem to propel major discoveries that depend on inter-disciplinary collaborations and innovative approaches to tackling the world’s most pressing public health problems.
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  • Invest in Highly Integrated Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) research initiatives that build on our excellence in basic research, the power of data science and the application of our research to make a measurable impact on new or emerging public health challenges.
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  • Promote the translation of discovery and scholarship into real-world and scalable solutions that achieve the combined aims of equitable access, social impact and responsible commercial opportunity.
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2019-2023 Strategic Plan Cover


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