The George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention: A Century of Collaboration, Innovation, and Translation

Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Mar 1;183(5):362-6. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv261. Epub 2016 Feb 11.


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has been engaged in public health research and practice in Washington County, Maryland, nearly since its inception a century ago. In 2005, the center housing this work was renamed the George W. Comstock Center for Public Health Research and Prevention to honor its pioneering leader. Principles that guided innovation and translation well in the past included: research synergies and opportunities for translation realized through longstanding connection with the community; integration of training with public health research; lifelong learning, mentorship, and teamwork; and efficiency through economies of scale. These principles are useful to consider as we face the challenges of improving the health of the population over the next 100 years.

Keywords: collaborative research; community partnerships; epidemiology; prevention; training.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Anniversaries and Special Events
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Inventions / history*
  • Maryland
  • Public Health / education
  • Public Health / history*
  • Schools, Public Health / history*
  • Translational Medical Research / history*
  • Universities / history*