Classroom Experience

Inside the classroom

You'll find classes of all sizes at the IU School of Public Health—in lecture halls that hold dozens, classrooms small enough for lively debate or discussion, and laboratories loaded with opportunities for small group collaboration.

We're passionate about new, world-changing ideas. You'll be encouraged to speak up, ask questions, and present to your peers. As you get deeper into your studies, our class sizes tend to become smaller. 

Best of all, you will have one-on-one help from an academic advisor as you map out which classes are right for your interests, your degree, and your career.

Outside of the classroom—on campus and beyond

Through community engagement and other hands-on opportunities in the field, you will be able to preview your potential career, make professional connections, and develop practical skills, all as you do the good work of enhancing the health and well-being of people from Indiana and across the globe. 

No matter which area of public health you study, you will be able to find a way to apply what you know in the field and earn academic credit while you do it. Depending on your path, you might:

  • Apply for an internship in any degree program to receive academic credit while working in the field of public health. 
  • Participate in one of over 400 faculty-led partnerships with external institutions.
  • Serve the community through student groups like the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Student Government, which helps plan National Public Health Week events to help faculty, staff, and students celebrate public health in Indiana.
  • Register for one of many service learning courses that provide a safe space for you to practice your skills in a real-world setting under the close supervision of expert faculty members. 

In 2018, our faculty reported

450partnerships with external institutions

326partnerships that involved students

60%of these partnerships were based in Indiana

Get a global perspective

Our faculty collaborates, participates in exchanges, and conducts research in nearly 50 countries around the world. These strong partnerships and networks create new opportunities for you to participate in research and outreach programs internationally. You might do a service project abroad while traveling on a faculty-led study tour, giving you first-hand insight into a developing country and its public health issues.

Because health issues know no national borders, the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington works with institutions in other countries to conduct research, teaching, and service initiatives aimed at improving wellness, quality of life, and optimized health for all. 

Interested in a partnership with the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington?

Community Partners

Community leaders or organizations seeking to partner with the School of Public Health-Bloomington may contact the Office of Public Health Practice:

Alex Purcell, MPH
Director of Public Health Practice
Email: aspurcel@indiana.edu
Phone: 812-855-8220

International Partners

For more information on how international partners can collaborate with the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, contact personnel in the Office of International Affairs.

For student mobility opportunities, including service learning projects and internships:

Nicole L. Anderson, MPH
Director of International Programs
Email: nilander@indiana.edu
Phone: 812-856-3370

For faculty research and international visiting scholar collaboration opportunities:

Mr. Justin Otten, Ph.D.
Director, Global Health Affairs
Email: jotten@indiana.edu
Phone: 812-856-3380