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Johns Hopkins: 962 Students Graduate in the Class of 2019

Graduates representing 50 countries received their degrees from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at Convocation on Tuesday, May 21, at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. The 962 graduates earned 121 doctoral degrees and 841 master’s, including 361 Master’s in Public Health. Of the 121 doctoral degrees conferred, 101 were PhDs, 19 were DrPHs and one was a ScD. This is the largest graduating class in the School’s 103-year history. The Class of 2019 included 263 international students.

Dean Ellen J. MacKenzie,  presiding over the Convocation ceremony, told the Class of 2019, “What you do moving forward will make a difference in human health and human lives. Your contributions will also help realize social justice and equity in health — essential values for our School and the field of public health.” This was the 41st consecutive Convocation Dean MacKenzie has attended, first as a doctoral student, then as a professor and department chair.

Convocation speaker Dr. Laurie Garrett, an award-winning science writer, book author and one of the most prominent voices in global health, called upon this year’s graduates to “think horizontally, not vertically” about the challenges facing public health — vertically being a more methodical approach of “laying out a hypothesis and drilling down deeply for evidence.”

Dean MacKenzie honored DrGarrett with the Dean’s Medal, the highest recognition the School confers on public health leaders, for her extraordinary contributions to science journalism and fearless commitment to strengthening policy and advocacy for global health.

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