Stretching back into the 19th century, ideas of health and wellness began to take hold as as an academic discipline at Indiana University. By the early 20th century, health-related facilities were being built on campus and a curriculum to promote physical fitness, as well as overall health, was established. This focus on health included the construction of the first part of the building that would become the School of Public Health, the Men’s Gymnasium.
Built in 1917, the gym became the focal point of the evolving culture focused on health and wellness that continues to grow and evolve to this day. Eventually, additions to that building would become home to the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. One of the first in the nation, the school adapted to the needs of the time and met those needs through robust curriculum and health-related research and practice.
As health needs and challenges have evolved in the 21st-century, so too have the responses to those needs and challenges. With the creation of the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington in 2012, the continued evolution of Indiana University’s health-related curriculum, research, and community engagement has has brought the mission to promote health, prevent disease, and enhance quality of life to new levels.
Today, we continue to grow, evolve, and flourish. As a CEPH-accredited school of public health, we proudly build upon our 19th-century foundations in health and wellbeing as we take on and conquer the complex health challenges of the 21st.