Programs associated with the School of Public Health-Bloomington are located in multiple facilities on campus and some sites off campus. Most of the academic programs and administrative offices are located centrally in the School of Public Health Building.
School of Public Health Building
The IU School of Public Health classroom building, located at 1025 E. Seventh Street, is the formal home to the academic programs associated with the School of Public Health-Bloomington. It consists of a variety of activity spaces, laboratories, classrooms, gymnasia, swimming pools, and offices. The building also serves as a site for many programs offered through Campus Recreational Sports. Facilities for sports activities include 10 basketball/volleyball courts, 12 racquetball/squash courts, 10 outdoor tennis courts, three multipurpose gyms, and two swimming pools with one diving well. All regularly registered students have automatic membership and access to Recreational Sports facilities in the School of Public Health Building, as well as those in the Student Recreational Sports Center. Other members of the IU community and the public are welcome to purchase memberships.
The building itself is a hybrid of three structures built in the 20th century. The Men's Gymnasium is the oldest section of the building, built in 1917; the Wildermuth Intramural Center (formerly called the Fieldhouse - see below) was built in 1928; and the “new” addition was built in 1961 with significant expansion space added in 2011.
Various human performances laboratories are administered through the Department of Kinesiology. They include:
Adapted Physical Education Lab
Research is focused on studying: 1) the physiological responses to physical activity and/or exercise in people with disabilities across the lifespan; (2) physical activity behaviors, determinants, patterns and associated health outcomes in people with disabilities across the lifespan; (3) motivational constructs that influence physical activity behaviors of people with disabilities; and (4) teacher variables such as attitudes, perceptions, and emotions toward people with disabilities that predict behaviors by program providers. The laboratory is equipped with state-of-the-art activity monitoring systems, including Actigraph and TriTrac accelerometers, as well as heart rate monitors and a computerized systematic observation device.
The research being conducted in the exercise biochemistry laboratory examines the inflammatory mediators responsible for airway inflammation in asthmatic subjects during exercise, as well as oxidative stress and antioxidants during exercise.
The primary objective of the Biomechanics Laboratory, which specializes in sport biomechanics, is to gain a better understanding of the cause-effect mechanisms of sports motions. The lab is equipped mainly for film analysis, and athletes are filmed in the course of their sport activities.
Clinical Exercise Physiology Lab
The goal of the clinical research is to establish the most effective exercise prescription in health and disease. The current diseases of interest include hypertension, diabetes, and obesity. The measurement of endothelial function is a new direction for the laboratory.
Exercise Physiology Lab
Research under way in the exercise physiology laboratories is related to a variety of topics including sports nutrition, diet and airway function, respiratory muscle function in health and disease, ventilatory strategies during exercise, high-level performance, and swimming physiology.
Motor Control Lab
The motor control laboratory specializes in the neuromuscular mechanisms involved in human movement, with an emphasis on aging and postural control. Using a variety of EMG, H-reflex, and balance protocols, the motor control laboratory investigates the plasticity or adaptability of the human reflex system through training. Focus is on functional tasks and on the postural muscles of the lower limb. Current experiments are investigating the corrective responses in young and old adults to postural perturbations and the ability to train these responses. Spinal mechanisms responsible for mediating these changes are being investigated.
Sport Psychology Lab
This laboratory specializes in psychobiological aspects of performance. Research focuses on the relationship between psychological variables of stress/anxiety and physical performance.
Indiana Prevention Resource Center
The Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) is located at 501 North Morton Street, Suite 110. The IPRC serves Indiana's prevention professionals as a resource center for alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention education. Its services include prevention technical consulting, PREV-STAT™ community analysis, library references, survey design and implementation, data collection and reporting, program planning and proposal writing assistance, drug prevention education, and training and program administration.
IU Research Park Facilities (Showers)
The IU Research Park (also known as the Showers Building), located at 501 N. Morton Avenue, is home to many of the School of Public Health's centers and institutes. These include the Updyke Center, the National Center on Accessibility, the Center for Ergonomics, the President's Challenge Physical Fitness Program, and the Eppley Institute.
This lab provides insight into the neural regulation of goal directed movements. Recent areas of inquiry include visual-motor control of prehensile (reaching and grasping) movements in closed-land, open-loop visual modalities; spatial accuracy of goal-directed movements in memory dependent contexts; sensorimotor transformations (visual to kinesthetic) involved in pointing to remembered targets; visual and non-visual components of skill acquisition; and the cerebral specialization for speech and limb movement.
Nutrition Science Laboratory Facility
The Department of Applied Health Science’s Nutrition Science Laboratory Facility includes state-of-the art research labs and a classroom teaching lab for food science courses. The research laboratories include an instrumentation lab, a lab used to mix research diets for animal experiments, and an analytical procedures lab. The facilities permit faculty and students to conduct a wide range of laboratory techniques from chemical wet-washing procedures and mineral analysis via spectroscopy, to cell culture, radioimmunoassay, and molecular biology.