Founded in 1929, we are the oldest academic department of the History of Medicine in the English-speaking world. We are dedicated to scholarship on the histories of medicine, disease, the health sciences, and their relationships to society.


The History of Medicine


Ayah Nuriddin with advisors Nathaniel Comfort and Nathan Connolly as she is inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honors Society.

On May 10, 2019,  ​Graduate student scholar Ayah Nuriddin was inducted into the Johns Hopkins innaugural class of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honors Society. Named for the first African American in the United States to receive a PhD, the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society seeks to develop a network of pre-...

The Department of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins is proud to introduce new online CME modules that provide a historical perspective on issues of relevance to clinical practice today. Our first module, which launched in January 2018, explores the social, political, and economic forces that continue to shape the dynamic boundaries of the medical profession. Medical professionalism is...

Making of a Tropical Disease

Reviews in History has named Dept. Chair Randall Packard's The Making of a Tropical Disease: A Short History of Malaria (JHUP, 2007) one of the most significant and or influential history books of the last twenty years:


​Dr. Christoph Gradmann of the University of Oslo will present "Before there was DOTS: Controlling Tuberculosis in 1970s Tanzania" at a brownbag...
Nicole Nelson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will present "Humans as a model for animals: Patterning preclinical reproducibility reform after...
​Dr. Javier Galeano of Brown University will present "Deviant Bodies, Deviant Minds: The Medicalization of Homosexuality in Argentina and Spain (1942...

Aimee Medeiros of the University of California San Francisco will present "The Health of the Child is the Power of the Nation”: Patriotic Pediatrics...