The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington is reimagining public health through a comprehensive approach that enhances and expands disease prevention and is reshaping how parks, tourism, sports, leisure activities, physical activity, and nutrition impact and enhance wellness. Unique in the nation, our school’s multidisciplinary approach, history of community engagement, and emerging strengths in epidemiology, biostatistics, and environmental health bring new vigor and energy to the traditional concept of a school of public health.

With nearly 3,000 students in an array of undergraduate and advanced degree programs and more than 130 faculty in five academic departments our faculty and students conduct research, learn, teach and engage with communities across a broad spectrum of health, wellness and disease-prevention topics. Each department offers numerous majors, minors and opportunities for graduate and undergraduate studies. In addition to its academic departments, the school administers the Division of Campus Recreational Sports, which serves roughly 80 percent of the IU Bloomington student body through various intramural, club and individual fitness opportunities.

Strong Foundations

The school has a long, proud history of outstanding achievements across an array of academic fields related health, wellness, and disease-prevention. From the earliest days of the founding of Indiana University in 1820, the campus has focused on health and well-being. Concentrating the campus health-related studies in 1946 into one of the first School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation in the nation, the school, over the decades, garnered awards for its academic and research prowess and its commitment to community outreach through numerous centers, institutes, and recreational facilities. 

From its beginning, it has been an innovator in new approaches to health, community engagement, and quality of life. Implementing innovative research, service, and professional preparation programs in the various health-related disciplines under its umbrella is a hallmark of the school.

In 2012 the school continued its extraordinary evolution as a preeminent school founded on the concepts of preventing disease, promoting health, and enhancing quality of life by boldly transitioning to become the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington.