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About the Center


The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security works to protect people's health from the consequences of epidemics and disasters and to make communities more resilient to major challenges.

Our Work: We examine how scientific and technological innovations can strengthen health security. We study the policies, organizations, systems, and tools to prevent and respond to outbreaks and public health crises. We advance policies and practice to address a range of challenges, including the global rise in emerging infectious diseases, a continued risk of pandemic flu, major natural disasters, our dependence on vulnerable infrastructure, outbreaks of foodborne illness, and the potential for biological, chemical, or nuclear accidents or intentional threats. 

The Center conducts independent research and analysis, and our work is supported by government and foundations. We do this work through the combined talents of our scholars in science, medicine, public health, law, social sciences, economics, and national security. We help connect diverse and international communities of health and science experts, industry leaders, and government officials to strengthen health security.

The Center at 15: Our History in Biosecurity,
Our Future in Health Security

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Tom Inglesby, Anita Cicero, Center staff and friends look back over the Center's history in biosecurity and ahead to our future in health security in this video marking the Center's 15-year anniversary. Watch now

Center Leaders

Tom Inglesby
Tom Inglesby, MD
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Anita Cicero
Anita Cicero, JD
Deputy Director
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Founding Director

D. A. Henderson
D. A. Henderson, MD, MPH