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Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health Inaugurated as WHO Collaborating Center for Bioethics


Drs. Ron Bayer (left), David Rosner, and Amy Fairchild (second from right) accept the WHO flag.

The World Health Organization (WHO) inaugurated the Mailman School’s Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health as a WHO Collaborating Center for Bioethics, the only such center that explicitly focuses on the ethics of public health. 

The designation was based upon the Center’s prior collaborative work, the promise of future collaboration, and a thorough vetting process on the part of both the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), WHO’s Regional Office for the Americas. The Center, co-directed by Professors David Rosner and Ronald Bayer, is only the second collaborating center in the U.S. and one of just six worldwide. 

At a formal ceremony on October 18, Dr. Andreas Alois Reis, MD, MSc, Technical Officer in the Department of Ethics and Social Determinants of Health at WHO headquarters in Geneva, presented the WHO flag to Professors Ronald Bayer, PhD, and Amy Fairchild, PhD, co-directors of the Collaborating Center. Dr. Reis spoke about the history of collaboration between the Center and WHO, and the work that