Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, announced Wednesday that he will be stepping down from his current position and joining the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as its new associated dean for public health practice and training.
The move is effective Jan. 1, 2015. Sharfstein will also hold a faculty position in the school’s department of health policy and management.
Sharfstein has worked as a pediatrician, served as Baltimore’s health commissioner, was deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and chairs the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange in his current capacity.
“I look forward to joining a team of scholars that is making the world healthier, safer and more sustainable,” Sharfstein said in a statement. “I will stay involved in my city of Baltimore and my state of Maryland, as I engage with national and global health policy challenges and help train future public health leaders.”