About

Grounded in history, embracing the future

At the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, we take a comprehensive and holistic approach to disease prevention, wellness, and teaching with an emphasis on robust, reproducible, and transparent research.

One of the largest schools of public health in the United States, we offer top-ranked programs in a wide range of health-related fields.

As a school of public health accredited with the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), we have proudly built on our historic foundation in health and wellbeing to take on the complex health challenges of today.

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Our history

Health and wellness began to take hold as an academic discipline at Indiana University in the 19th century with health-related coursework and classes in physical education, sowing the seeds for what was to become the future School of Public Health.

By the early 20th century, health-related facilities were being constructed on campus and a curriculum to promote physical fitness, as well as overall health, was established.

The programs eventually became a part of the School of Education, and then, with the establishment of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, a new era began. One of the first such schools in the nation, it adapted to the needs of the time with a robust curriculum and health-related research and practice.

As health needs and challenges have evolved in the 21st century, we have continued to evolve as a school.

With a renewed focus on promoting health, preventing disease, and enhancing quality of life, the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington was created in 2012 and received accreditation as a school of public health in 2016.

The IU School of Public Health-Bloomington has offered a master's degree in public health since 1969.

Our mission, values, and goals

Mission statement

The mission of the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington is to promote health among individuals and communities in Indiana, the nation, and the world through integrated multidisciplinary approaches to research and creative activities, teaching, and community engagement.

Values

At the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, we value:

  • Health and quality of life as a human right
  • Academic integrity
  • A commitment to diversity and civility
  • A quality education and what it promises
  • Research and its application
  • Community engagement
  • The responsible stewardship of resources
  • The multidisciplinary traditions of our school

Goals

We have four goals, each with its own objectives.

  1. Maintain faculty necessary to support the school's instructional programs.
  2. Maintain fiscal stability supportive of initiatives that advance the school's mission.
  3. Facilitate the continuing professional development of faculty, staff, and students.
  4. Recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff.
  5. Actively engage faculty and staff in the ongoing development and governance of the school and university.
  6. Adopt and maintain innovative technological resources that support research and creative activities, teaching, service, and community engagement.
  7. Maintain physical learning environments that support research and creative activities, teaching, service, and community engagement.
  1. Offer curricula that promote integrated multidisciplinary approaches to public health.
  2. Increase access to public health education through academically effective online education.
  3. Recruit and retain a diverse student body.
  4. Engage students in community-based initiatives that enhance their ability to address contemporary health challenges
  5. Achieve optimal (within six academic years) degree completion rates across all degree programs.
  6. Achieve optimal 12-month post-graduation placement rates for graduates of the school's degree programs.
  1. Conduct and disseminate research and creative activity.
  2. Demonstrate success in acquiring extramural funding for research and creative activity.
  3. Conduct research and creative activity in partnership with community organizations and institutions.
  4. Conduct research and creative activity in partnership with other academic institutions both domestically and abroad.
  5. Maintain internal funds that support the development of faculty and students in the area of research and creative activity.
  6. Conduct research focused on Indiana-specific health issues.
  1. Evaluate the needs of Indiana's public health workforce.
  2. Deliver continuing education to the public health workforce.
  3. Sustain community-academic partnerships designed to enhance the capacity of Indiana's public health workforce.
  4. Engage faculty, staff, and students in service to community-based organizations.
  5. Enhance global health through partnerships with other academic institutions and organizations outside the United States.