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The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School Ranked #1 in Health Policy and Management by Peers in the 2023-2024 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been ranked #1 in the nation, overall among public health schools and programs, and in the field of health policy and management, as measured by U.S. News & World Report.  

This year’s U.S. News & World Report rankings included the first-ever public health specialty rankings, one of which was health policy and management. Public health schools’ deans and other academics were asked to nominate up to 15 programs noted for their excellence in health policy and management. 

“Public health is everywhere—from the water we drink, to the food we serve at schools, to the roads we drive on,” says Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD, MPH, Bloomberg Centennial Chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School. “I am thrilled that we have been recognized by our peers for the commitment we have to addressing today’s most urgent public health issues through policy, advocacy, leadership, and management.” 

A few recent highlights from the Department of Health Policy and Management include: 

  1. The Department welcomed Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD, MPH, as the Bloomberg Centennial Chair for the Department of Health Policy and Management and the School’s first Black department chair. Pollack Porter is an expert in advancing health equity and policy change that promotes safe and healthy environments. She has extensive experience engaging with policymakers to inform the development and implementation of policies that can advance health equity at the local, state, and federal levels.  

  2. Several experts in the Department of Health Policy and Management informed federal policy with both the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, landmark legislation directed at the mental health system, school safety, and gun safety laws, and the Inflation Reduction Act, which focuses on reducing inflation, investing in domestic energy production and manufacturing, and reducing carbon emissions. Listen to our experts discuss how the new legislation might lower prescription drug and health care costs, giving much needed relief to the program’s enrollees.  

  3. Two leading organizations dedicated to gun violence prevention—the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Policy and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence—merged to form a new center in the Department of Health Policy and Management. The Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions will continue to bring a public health lens to reduce gun violence in the U.S., focusing on research while expanding evidence-based advocacy for effective and equitable policies. 

  4. The Lerner Center for Public Health Advocacy launched its inaugural Sommer Klag Advocacy Achievement Award, intended to support the recipients’ continued advocacy efforts, while a portion is expected to be used to develop the pipeline of future public health advocates. The launch of the award program is an exciting step toward achieving the goals laid out in the School’s strategic plan and are aligned with the Department—which made advocacy a strategic priority. 

  1. Experts in the Department led 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. 

In addition to health policy and management, this year’s rankings include other specialty areas within public health. In these rankings, which are also based on peer nominations, the Bloomberg School has been named as leading in the fields of: 

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

In addition, the Department's Master of Health Administration was ranked #7, up two spots from the last ranking in 2019. The program has been consistently ranked in the top 10 since 2015 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The MHA program has been a CAHME-accredited program for the last 30 years, since 1992. 

“We are among the largest, disciplinary diverse, and strongest departments of health policy and management in the world,” says Pollack Porter. “Acknowledging the change agents in our department who work tirelessly to advance evidence-informed policies, programs, and practices sets a bold course for the future.”