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About the Welch Center

The Welch Center was founded in 1989 through a grant from the Health of the Public Initiative funded by the Pew and Rockefeller Foundations.

Known for multidisciplinary research, the Center is named after William Henry Welch, the only Johns Hopkins professor to have held the positions of both Dean of the School of Medicine and Dean of the School of Public Health.

Committed to Collaboration, Teaching, and Mentorship 

Welch Center faculty typically have strong affiliations with both the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and they seek out collaboration across the Johns Hopkins medical institutions. Our faculty are committed to training tomorrow’s researchers through excellence in teaching, strong mentorship, and creating outstanding research opportunities and experiences for trainees.


words describing the Welch Center from trainees and faculty are collaborative, erudite, invested, transdisciplinary, people, collaborative, friendly, community, flagship of clinical research, collegial, opera of knowledge, passionate

Mission and Values

Our core values include integrity, excellence, leadership, diversity, inclusion, collaboration, respect, collegiality, innovation, and mentoring. Our primary mission is to improve population health by conducting rigorous research that integrates clinical medicine with public health expertise and by training the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers and scholars. 

To achieve this mission, we harness the talents of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to disease prevention, health promotion, and evidence-based health practices.