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Engineering and Public Health

Dean Klag outlines the connection – water
Posted April 30, 2013

Johns Hopkins has a long history of advancing public health through integrating expertise in science, technology, medicine, nursing and public policy.  One of the first such connections may still be the strongest—that of public health and engineering, particularly in the area of water.

In 1919, Hopkins engineer Abel Wolman, A&S 1913, Engr 1915, standardized the system for purifying water through chlorination—a system that has been adopted around the world and saved millions of lives.

Bloomberg School of Public Health Dean Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH ’87 (SPH), penned a guest column in the winter 2013 issue of Johns Hopkins Engineering, exploring the history of this collaboration.