Michael J. Klag, dean of the Bloomberg School of Public Health since 2005, a 32-year member of the Johns Hopkins community, and a world expert on the epidemiology of major chronic diseases, will step down as dean next year and return to research and teaching.
Klag says he will take a sabbatical starting next July, the end of his second term as dean. He will then join the school's departments of Epidemiology and of Health Policy and Management.
"For more than a decade, Mike has brought exemplary leadership to the School of Public Health," Johns Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels and Provost Sunil Kumar wrote in a message announcing Klag's decision. "During his term as dean, the school expanded its reach around the globe, developed innovative and life-changing research programs, and remained a beacon of pride for us as one of the most highly respected public health schools in the world."
Klag is the longest-tenured of the university's current divisional deans and directors. He is responsible for a school whose faculty and students work on world health problems like malaria and HIV/AIDS; the impact of environmental problems and human behavior on population health; improving health care systems in America and around the globe; fundamental questions in molecular biology, biostatistics, epidemiology, and immunology; and many other issues.
"Few jobs make you feel good about the future of the human race, but leading the Bloomberg School is one," says Klag. "It has been a privilege to lead such a committed group of faculty, staff, and students who have the goal of protecting health and saving lives, millions at a time."
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