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Jim Duffy

Jim Duffy

Jim Duffy

Jim Duffy's most recent story for Johns Hopkins Public Health examined the career of the late John Black Grant (MPH '21), whose work revolutionized public health practice in China and other countries. Duffy has also written articles for the magazine about the 2003 SARS epidemic—"Anatomy of an Epidemic" won a national gold medal for feature articles from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education—and the 1918 influenza pandemic.

A Chicago native with an unshakeable devotion to baseball's White Sox, Duffy earned a bachelor's degree from Roosevelt University and a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University. A former editor at several magazines in the Mid-Atlantic region, he has been a full-time freelance writer since 1999. In addition to covering public health issues, his specialties include regional arts and culture and Chesapeake Bay environmental issues. His writing has been recognized with awards from the Emmart Memorial Committee, the City and Regional Magazine Association, and several other organizations.

Duffy is currently enrolled in the certificate program in environmental studies offered through the Johns Hopkins School of Professional Studies in Business and Education.

He and his wife, Jill Jasuta, live in Cambridge, a city of 10,000, on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Previous stories in Johns Hopkins Public Health Magazine:

"Anatomy of an Epidemic"

Fall 2003
A mysterious respiratory ailment that broke out in southern China quickly sparked a global epidemic. How has SARS changed the future of public health?

"A Revolutionary in China"

Spring 2005
J.B. Grant, known today as the "father of primary health care," laid the groundwork for the barefoot doctors system in the 1920s with a bold experiment in China.

"The Blue Death"

Fall 2004
Scientists take another look at the 1918 flu, the "granddaddy" of infectious disease epidemics.

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