Life in the School of Public Health

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Academic life

Not sure exactly which area of public health suits you, or which courses you should explore? You won't have to figure it out by yourself. All undergraduate students work one-on-one with an academic advisor who will listen and help you to chart your path every step of the way until graduation. (Graduate students are advised by faculty.)

Hands-on, practical experience is an essential part our curriculum. You will be able to pursue learning opportunities through our public health partnerships with community-based, private, and academic organizations across Indiana and the world.

Interested in a global health perspective? There are several opportunities for you to study abroad.

Whatever your area of study, you will find our faculty consistently engaged in world-changing research that you can participate in. You may also do an internship as part of your course of study, which will give you a preview of what it's really like to work in your chosen field.

Connecting with your peers, growing professionally

Whatever your public health passion or career interest, there are dozens of student organizations, clubs, and learning opportunities where you can meet people who care about the same things you do. Many first-year IU School of Public Health-Bloomington students choose to reside in the Living-Learning Center (LLC)—a collaborative community with a focus on wellness and public service.

A diverse student population, faculty, and staff

The next generation of health professionals is full of people who look like you, as well as many who are different from you. It's by design. We celebrate and seek diversity in all its forms because we know there is so much that we can learn from each other. Whether you are aiming for a global health career, or one that serves people in your home state, a life in public health means that you will be working with people of all different backgrounds. Everything about our academic mission is made better by the exchange of ideas and diverse experiences of our students, faculty, and staff.

Our Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion creates and facilitates opportunities for current students to strengthen their personal and professional development, and is there to address issues of importance to underrepresented students, faculty, and staff.

Career help, before and after you graduate

As you get closer to achieving your degree, you can take advantage of invaluable career coaching, workshops, and networking opportunities with potential employers through our Office of Career Services. Once you graduate, you'll still be able to take advantage of these resources, and maybe even help the next generation of students to find their way.