Dean's Welcome

Mohammad Torabi

Greetings and Welcome!

As you may know, today’s leading causes of premature death in the United States, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke, are tied to pervasive patterns of inactivity, poor diet, tobacco and other drug use, and prolonged stress. Addressing these issues and access to healthcare at a population level requires a pioneering vision. Public health must be reimagined as a holistic model that considers individual, social, environmental, and policy factors.

We here at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington are doing just that. By focusing on prevention, community empowerment, and collaboration across organizations and sectors, we are providing a comprehensive approach that will ensure health, vitality, and longevity locally, across the state of Indiana, the nation, and the world. 

With approximately 3,000 students in over 45 undergraduate and graduate majors, the school embraces its mission to promote health among individuals and communities through integrated multidisciplinary approaches to research, creative activity, teaching, and community engagement. Our school boldly proclaims that we are reimagining public health for the 21st century.

I invite you to read our most recent issue of Dimensions Magazine for a fuller overview of the breadth and depth of our activities. 

The school remains the third largest school on the flagship campus of Indiana University in terms of both enrollment and credit hours. Our extensive and diverse undergraduate and graduate students bring life and energy to the traditional concept of a school of public health and contribute to our school’s efforts to address health-related challenges across Indiana, the United States, and around the globe through a multidisciplinary approach.

The school hosts nearly 200 international students. While it has nearly the same number of School of Public Health-Bloomington students studying in international locations.

Outstanding research and teaching continue to be hallmarks of the school. In the past year nearly 300 refereed faculty research articles were published. The school received upwards of 60 external awards totaling nearly 9 million dollars. Likewise, grant productivity is robust across all departments.

Community engagement and workforce development continue to increase our school’s integration both locally and globally, where the impact of public health is most tangible. In the past year, hundreds of continuing education events were delivered to nearly 20,000 members of the public health workforce. Nearly 800 professionals in Indiana worked directly with faculty on nearly 600 partnership initiatives. Over half of our faculty and staff have been partnering with nearly 100 international partners on teaching, research, and community engagement projects.

In addition, we've recently launched “Public Health & YOU” – an online series of courses designed for professionals and practitioners whose work impacts the health of the public. Nearly 1500 professionals have enrolled in one or more courses during the program's first two months.

With renewed vigor we are redoubling our diversity and inclusion efforts. We know that where there’s an equal playing field for every student, there are opportunities down every path. The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington is dedicated to keeping that dream alive now and for future generations. Likewise, our commitment to student-related activities and services is evidenced by the great strides that continue to take place in our career services and academic advising.

The school is making a difference—in the lives of the citizens of Indiana, the nation, and the world. By working together, by persisting with our research, service, and continued exploration of health, wellness, and quality of life, we are realizing our vision of a better, healthier, world.

Live Well,

Dean Torabi Signature

Mohammad R. Torabi, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.P.H.
Founding Dean and Chancellor's Professor