JHU's School of Public Health, Tsinghua University establish China-based doctoral program

Program will train next generation of public health leaders from China and Pacific rim countries

Image caption: Michael J. Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, speaks at an event in Beijing announcing a collaborative doctoral program between the School of Public Health and Tsinghua University.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Tsinghua University and Capital Healthcare Group, a Beijing-based financial firm, signed an agreement in Beijing today that establishes a collaborative doctoral degree in public health in China.

The program is the Bloomberg School's first collaborative program in China that confers a Doctor of Public Health with a concentration in health care leadership and management. The Tsinghua-Johns Hopkins Public Health Management Program will be based in Tsinghua University's Institute for Hospital Management. Tsinghua University is one of China's leading research and educational institutions. The Bloomberg School, the world's oldest continually operating school of public health, conferred its first Doctor of Public Health in 1919.

The Tsinghua-Hopkins Doctor of Public Health program will begin accepting applications next spring, with courses slated to start in the fall of 2016.

"This is an exciting opportunity for us to help train the next generation of public health and health care leaders in China, leaders with a unique perspective on the specific needs of their country," says Michael J. Klag, dean of the School of Public Health. "The school has worked with Chinese educational institutions going back nearly a century and this new collaboration is another way to strengthen that bond."

The signing ceremony took place at National Stadium, which is also known as the Bird's Nest for its modern, nature-inspired design. Joining Dean Klag at the ceremony were Bin Yang, a vice president at Tsinghua University, and Laiying Fang, director of the Beijing Municipal Commission of Public Health and Family Planning, as well as officials from Capital Healthcare.

The program is aimed at professionals in China who have demonstrated leadership in health fields and want training in public health, health care and hospital management.

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