Public Health Lecture Series

The Public Health Lecture Series goes beyond traditional conversations on public health by featuring topics that reflect the school's foundational and multidisciplinary strengths, new and emerging areas of research, and innovative practice.

The purpose of the series is to:

  • Provide an opportunity for the IU campus and Bloomington community to reimagine the field of public health in new and exciting ways that break through disciplinary boundaries
  • Inspire students, faculty, staff and community
  • Disseminate information on emerging areas of interest in the field of public health
  • Gain status as a school by hosting innovative leaders in the field of public health

For these and other school-wide events visit our Eventbrite site. We welcome department suggestions for upcoming speakers, please use our Nominate a Speaker form.

Current Series:

"The 8 80 City: Creating vibrant and healthy communities for all"

Marian Godeke Miller Lecture

March 1, 2017, 4-6 PM
Location: Monroe County Library

Gil Penalosa
Director 8 80 Cities

Mr. Penalosa advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender and social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is on the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, riding bicycles, using public transit, and the new use of cars.

Past Lectures:

"Growing Public Health Leaders: Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom"

Public Health Lecture Series: Ruth Clifford Engs Lecture

Date: Friday, September 23, 1-2:30PM 
Location: Mobley Auditorium (PH C100)

Lieutenant General Mark Hertling (Ret.)

SPH-B Alum (MS Kinesiology, '83), CNN Military Analyst, member of the President's Council on Fitness, Sport, and Nutrition, former Commanding General of US Army Europe

Lieutenant General Mark Hertling (Ret.), currently works for the Florida Hospital system. Using lessons learned from the battlefield and the boardroom, he will deliver a transformative lecture on what it means to become a public health leader. He will share potent tools to improve personal, professional, and organizational health. Through this process, he aims to shape the future of our nation's health by equipping leaders like you, able to meet today's challenges and turn them into tomorrow's opportunities.

Keynote Address for Inaugural Black Women's Empowerment Summit

Public Health Lecture Series

Date: Friday, October 21, 6 PM
Location: School of Education Auditorium

Harriet Washington, author, "Medical Apartheid"

Harriet Washington, author of Deadly Monopolies and Medical Apartheid, will discuss the shameful history of the physical and medical misuse of African Americans.

"Emerging Health Issues in Indiana: Opportunities for Collaboration and Partnership"

Faculty and Professional Staff Colloquium

Dennis Murphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of IU Health

Friday, September 16, 11 AM- 12:30 PM, PH125

Please join the Dean in welcoming Mr. Murphy to our school. During his talk, Mr. Murphy will give an overview of the IU Health system and its interaction with Indiana University. There will also be time for open discussion about priority areas for collaboration and partnership.

Dennis Murphy is president and chief executive officer. He joined IU Health in 2013 as chief operating officer, overseeing the operation of IU Health entities throughout the system. Since joining IU Health, Murphy has worked tirelessly to foster a performance-based culture, aligning the business structure, organizational processes and incentives to ensure IU Health is well positioned in the fast changing healthcare environment. These efforts are centered on promoting alignment with key partners, increased focus on patients and key customers, clinical outcomes and employee commitment.

"Overcoming Adversity from an HIV-Positive Legend"

Ryan White and William L. Yarber Lecture

Greg Louganis, Four-Time Olympic Diving Champion

March 1, 2016, Whittenberger Auditorium, 7 PM

"Crossroads: Bridging the Gap between the Public and the Patient"

Marian Godeke Miller Lecture

Dr. Adam Robinson, Jr., Former Surgeon General of the U.S. Navy

April 15, 2016, Mobley Auditorium, 1 PM

 "What Will America's Schools Do to Improve Education and Health"

Marian Godeke Miller Lecture

Dr. Lloyd J. Kolbe, Emeritus Professor, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington.

Friday, March 6, 2015, 1:00 p.m. in the Mobley Auditorium (PH C100).

 "Growing Power and the Good Food Revolution"

Reynold E. Carlson Lecture

Will Allen, Farmer, Founder, and CEO of Growing Power, Inc.

Friday, April 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m. in the Mobley Auditorium (PH C100).

"Indoor Burning of Biomass Fuels: The Number One Environmental Cause of Death in the World"

Dr. William J. Martin II, Dean and Professor, Ohio State University College of Public Health.

Friday, November 21, 2014. Mobley Auditorium (PH C100).

 "The Quest for Health Reform; Becoming the Healthiest Nation"

Ruth Cliffor Engs Lecture

Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 1:00 p.m. in the Mobley Auditorium (PH C100).

"The World of 2030 and What it Means for Academic Public Health"

Marian Godeke Miller Lecture

John R. Finnegan Jr., Ph.D. Dean, School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

Thursday, March 6, 2014, 1:30 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall. Reception to follow.

View the archived video of this talk

"Health Promotion and Provision of Care for and with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Populations in Latin America and the Caribbean: Barriers and Lessons Learned"

Dr. Rafael Mazin Senior Advisor on HIV/STI and Hepatitis at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

Friday, March 28, 2014, 11:45 a.m. in the School of Public Health-Bloomington Mobley Auditorium (PH C100). Reception to follow.

Sponsored by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington and the Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Fellows at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

"Advancing Public Health Is Good for Business: The Role of Public-Private Partnerships in Life Sciences"

James R. Craigie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 1:00 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union Solarium. Reception to follow.

Sponsored by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington and the Center for the Business of Life Sciences at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

20th Anniversary Celebration of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention

David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D.,16th Surgeon General of the United States

Thursday, April 17, 2014. Complementary dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. Talk to follow dinner. Please RSVP by Thursday, April 3, 2014, to

Funding for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention is provided by the Department of Applied Health Science and the School of Public Health-Bloomington.

"Diet, Environment, and Disease Prevention: From Fish to Trace Elements"

Outstanding Research Award Presentation

Dr. Ka He, Professor and Chair Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics IU School of Public Health-Bloomington

Friday, April 18, 2014, 11:30 a.m. in the School of Public Health-Bloomington Mobley Auditorium (PH C100). Reception to follow.