The headline of a recent article assessing faculty diversity at top social sciences and public health universities was blunt: “More talk than action: gender and ethnic diversity in leading public health universities.”
The authors looked specifically at the top 15 of these universities as ranked by US News in 2018—1 is in Canada, 3 are in Great Britain, and the rest are in the United States. Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health ranked 1 and 2, respectively. Their findings “revealed that clear gender and ethnic disparities remain at the most senior academic positions, despite numerous diversity policies and action plans reported,” wrote the authors, some of whom are on the faculty of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, one of the schools included in their study.
Rubin R. Despite Policies to Improve Faculty Diversity, Disparities Persist at Public Health Schools. JAMA. Published online May 29, 2019321(23):2268–2270. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.3891
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