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March 17, 2015

The Birth of Public Health Education

Author Affiliations
  • 1Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2015;313(11):1105-1106. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.1595

The modern era of medical education in the United States is usually attributed to the report by Abraham Flexner, commonly known as the “Flexner Report” of 1910,1 and the analogue role for public health education is generally credited to the report by William Welch and Wickliffe Rose, commonly known as the “Welch-Rose report,”2 submitted to the General Education Board of the Rockefeller Foundation on May 27, 1915.3 Welch became the first dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Rose was an educator who became the administrative secretary of the Rockefeller Sanitary Commission for the Eradication of Hookworm Disease.

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