Applied Health Science



On January 1, 2018, the world lost the truly wonderful person of Dr. Barbara Seitz de Martinez. While Barbara was dedicated and passionate about being the Deputy Director of the IPRC, she embodied so much more than her title. To our organization, she was an exceptional friend, a true role model, a caring boss, and a spirited professional. Barbara always made herself available to anyone who had a question, wanted advice, or needed an understanding shoulder to lean on regarding a work or personal problem. The IPRC staff and the numerous other lives who were touched by Barbara's kindness feel her absence and miss her daily. Because of Barbara's love of nature and as a physical reminder that her spirit is with us every day, the IPRC will be planting a memorial tree with a plaque that is dedicated to her. If you would like to make a donation to this memorial, please click on the "Give Now" link or on the button that is on the right side of the IPRC home page. You will be able to indicate that the donation should go toward a memorial to honor Dr. Barbara Seitz de Martinez. Donations of any size are appreciated to show tribute to Barbara's beautiful presence in our lives.

Dr. Noy S. Kay leads Travel Study (H445/H645) to China, Taiwan, & Thailand from 5/12/2015 to 5/26/2015. This will be the first time that Travel Study visits Taiwan.

Dr. Kevin Slates's Industrial Hygiene Laboratory has been relocated to IU Research Park - North Showers Building.

Kathy Finley's new position is Academic Specialist.

Camille Morse's new position is Visiting Lecturer.


Dr. Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin receives Tony & Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award from Indiana Public Health Association.

Dr. Krisha Thiagarajah receives Beth Wood Distinguished Service-Learning Faculty Award from Indiana University.

Dr. Debby Herbenick receives Explorations Grant for Research in Global Health & Development from Gates Foundation.

Dr. Brian Dodge receives Collaborative Fellowship from IU Institute for Advanced Study.

Drs. Priscilla Barnes, Jon Macy, & Lucia Guerres-Reyes receive Speed Networking Event Seed Funding Award from IU Office of VP for Research.

Dr. Beth Meyerson is appointed to the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association National Board for Lambda Legal.

Dr. Hsien-Chang Lin is appointed Visiting Scholar of Beijing Sport University.

Dr. Noy S. Kay is an Invited Memebr of International Expert & International Accreditation Committee at Fu-Jen University & Health Promotion Administration of Ministry of Health & Welfare, Taiwan.

Dr. Jeanie Alter is appointed to the Elected Board of Directors of American School Health Association.

Dr. Trent Applgate earns Hero of the Year Award from Central Indiana League of Miracles.

Drs. Hsien-Chang Lin & David Lohrmann receive Faculty Research Grant from School of Public Health-Bloomington.

Dr. Robert Billingham retires.


The Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention presented the 2015 Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award posthumously to Joep Lange, MD, PhD, on October 14, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention celebrates its 20th anniversary.


News from Indiana Prevetion Resource Center

Dr. Ruth Gassman and Indiana Prevetion Resource Center's successful proposal submitted in February 2014 for our main contract with the Department of Mental Healtyh Administration has been awarded.   That contract will actually begin on October 1, 2014, with the amount of $ 3,212,896.00 for operation and management of the Addiction Technical Assistance Center.



Mallori DeSalle has been accepted to the 2014 Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) Training of New Trainers (TNT) in Atlanta, Georgia.  By participating in this workshop she will be joining colleagues from around the  world who, since 1993, have provided motivational interviewing training in diverse countries, cultures and professional settings.  Her acceptance to this training entailed a competitive process in which she competed with hundreds of applicants from across the globe.  This development is especially valuable to the sustainability of the INSBIRT Project, but is also critical to broadening the opportunities the IPRC has available for future funding.  


Welcome S. Kathleen Anderson to join IPRC as Research Associate and Project Officer. Her areas of expertise include public policy analysis and research, program evaluation, technical assistance, data analysis and reporting, SPSS and Stat. Katie previously worked at Partners in Prevention and as a Research Intern for the Office of Assessment at University of Missouri.


Welcome Erin Ables to join IPRC as Survey Evaluation Coordinator & Research Associate. Her areas of expertise include data analysis, research methodology and program evaluation. Erin previously worked for the TX Legislative Council and the HANDS in Autism Interdisciplinary Training and Resource Center.  


Welcome Matt Kirk to join IPRC as Computer Coordinator. His areas of expertise include information security, office applications and solution, mobile devices, and system troubleshooting. Matt previously worked as a Caravan Facilities Manager for General Motors.


Welcome Sara Tidd to join IPRC as Administrative Services Manager. Her areas of expertise include database management, organizational and administrative services, web design and graphic design. Sara previously worked as Project Manager and Assistant Officer Manager at Downtown Eye Care, Indianapolis.


Welcome Debbie Walton to join IPRC as Business Support Specialist. Her areas of expertise include IU Travel, Purchasing, Disbursement Vouchers, office management, customer service, and logistical support.


Drs. Jeanie Alter, Trent Applegate, and Noy Kay become Fellow of American School Health Association.

Dr. Hsien-Chang Lin receives IU Trustees Teaching Award (TTA) that recognizes excellence in teaching during 2013. Dr. Lin currently teaches advanced evaluation research in public health, public health economics, and public health organization and administration for graduate students, and research methodology in public health for undergraduate students.


Dr. Noy Kay leads Travel Study to China, Korea, & Japan from 5/13 to 5/26/2014. This year is the first time our Travel Study visits Japan.


David Satcher, MD, PhD, 16th U.S. Surgeon General, was presented the Ryan White Distinguished Leadership Award at the 20th anniversary celebration of IU's Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP) on April 17, 2014. Dr. William L. Yarber, RCAP senior director and Jeanne White Ginder, Ryan White's mother, presented the award in recognition of Dr. Satcher's outstanding contributions as Surgeon General to advancing sexual health and promoting AIDS/STD prevention.


Applied Health Science alum Talal Hashim, HSD’88, receives 2014 Mobley International Distinguished Alumni Award. Talal Hashim graduated from Indiana University in 1988 with his Doctorate in Health & Safety. An accomplished educational leader, he has held multiple roles at the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia including Coordinator of Health Services Administration Program, Director of the Center for Research and Development, Chairman of the Department of Community Health Sciences, including his current roles as Professor of Public Health Safety and Education. He has been instrumental in the evaluation and improvement of curriculum for the Community Health Sciences Program in the College of Allied Medical Sciences at King Saud University.


Two of our students will be accepted into the Peace Corps and will be given their invitations by the Helen Lowman from the D.C. Office on March 26, 2014.


Dr. Cecilia Obeng was honored with Annual McGraw Hill Distinguished Scholar Award in February 26, 2014, during the Annual Ethnographic & Qualitative Research Conference (EQRC) which was held in Las Vegas, NV and brought together researchers, practitioners, and students from around the country. 



Lecture Series

  • Speakers: Bridget Goosby (U of Nebraska), Laura Lopez-Sanders (UNC-Chapel Hill), Van Tran (Columbia U.)
  • Forum:”The face of health: A panel discussion on race, ethnicity and health”
  • When: Friday, April 4th 2014
  • Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Where: Georgian Room, Indiana Memorial Union


  • Speaker: Dr. David R. Williams
  • Topic: Disparities in African American Health
  • When: December 5th, Thursday
  • Time: 4:00 pm
  • Where: Frangipani Room, Indiana Memorial Union


David R. Williams is the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and of Sociology at Harvard University. He has held faculty positions at Yale and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Williams is a graduate of the University of the Southern Caribbean (formerly Caribbean Union College), Andrews University, Loma Linda University, and the University of Michigan. He is an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health.  His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which socioeconomic status, race, stress, racism and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health. Dr. Williams is the author of more than 300 scholarly papers in scientific journals and edited collections and his research has appeared in leading journals in sociology, psychology, medicine, public health and epidemiology. He has served on the editorial board of 12 scientific journals and as a reviewer for over 60 journals. He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 2001 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007.  

With funding from the National Institutes of Health and the sponsorship of the World Health Organization, Dr Williams directed the South African Stress and Health Study, the first nationally representative study of the prevalence and correlates of psychiatric disorders in sub-Sahara Africa. He was also a key member of the team that conducted the National Study of American Life, the largest study of mental health disorders in the African American population in the U.S. and the first health study to include a large national sample of Blacks of Caribbean ancestry. Currently, he directs the Lung Cancer Disparities Center at HSPH, one of 10 Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Center for Sexual Health Promotion Lecture Series

Topic: Structural Stigma and Health Disparities among Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Individuals

Presentation by Dr. Mark Hatzenbuehler

Sponsored by the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, feature speaker Mark Hatzenbuehler Ph.D., from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, explores Structural Stigma and Health Disparities among Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Individuals.

Date: Friday, February 28, 2014

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Location: Indiana University Memorial Union - Maple Room

The Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior (IRAB) has been established. IRAB’s mission is to advance basic and translational research on addictive behavior to improve public health. The goal is to create an infrastructure that nurtures scientists across disciplines to work as teams to optimize the quality and relevance of research on addictive behavior. Access to datasets through IRAB will enable a broad range of secondary analyses. More detailed information is available for each dataset at If you have additional questions, please contact the IRAB’s data manager, Dr. Jon Agley, at

In January, 2014, MPH students joined Dr. Beth Meyerson, Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management, at the Indiana State Capitol to attend a Cervical Health Awareness rally organized by the Indiana Cancer Consortium and the Cervical Cancer Free Indiana Coalition.

Welcome Our New Advisor

We have a new Academic and Career Advisor,Theresa Hitchcock. Her office is PH 138. She will advise for Community/Public Health, Health Education, and Safety. (Shannan will advise for Human Development and Family Studies and Youth Development, while Gwen will advise for Nutrition Science and Dietetics).

Theresa received her undergraduate degree from Missouri State University and her graduate degree from the University of Central Arkansas. She received a Master of Science in Education degree in College Student Personal Services & Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in English. Theresa completed her doctoral coursework in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and is currently working to complete her qualifying exams.

Ruth Clifford Engs Lecture: The State of Health in Indiana

 A talk by William VanNess, the Indiana State Health Commissioner.

Dr. VanNess was appointed January 14, 2013 as the Indiana State Health Commissioner. He served as a member of the Executive Board for the Indiana State Department of Health from 2006 to 2012. Prior to his appointment, Dr. VanNess was president and CEO of Community Hospital of Anderson and Madison County. He has worked as medical director at Countryside Manor in Anderson, as well as owner/medical director of Summit Convalescent Center in Summitville and is a former president of the Indiana State Medical Association. Dr. VanNess has 39 years of health care experience in Indiana, including 24 years in active practice as a board certified family physician.

Part of the Public Health Lecture Series at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, the Ruth Engs Lecture will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities presented by continuing public health issues in the State of Indiana.

Friday October 04, 2013, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Location: SPH Mobley Auditorium (C100)

American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) – Indiana University Bloomington Student Section has monthly student meetings held in the IMU. We discuss occupational safety related topics and future service related projects, such as can food drives, winter clothing drive, field trips, and other safety related activities. We try to have at least one technical speaker for each meeting so members are able to learn more about their profession from real professionals. Internship presentations may be presented in some meetings so other members can see some of the opportunities other students have had.

    Schedule for Fall Semester 2013:

 9/9 Redbud Room at the IMU;  10/14 Walnut Room at the IMU;   11/11 Maple Room at the IMU;    12/9 Maple Room at the IMU

Dr. Kay's H445/H645 Travel Study Website has a new design where you can find 2013 video. 



Lecture Series

■ Time: 11:30-12:30, September 6th (Friday)  

■ Place: SPH Building C-100: Mobley Auditorium

■ Topic: The Special Diabetes Program for Indians - The Power of Evidence-Based Practices
■ Speaker: Spero M. Manson, Ph.D.
   Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry and Director, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center

Spero Manson, Ph.D. (Anthropology) (Pembina Chippewa) is an outstanding leader in research and evidence-based practice to improve the health of Native American populations. He is recognized as among the top authorities of North American Indian and Native health.  Dr. Manson directs the Centers for American Indiana and Alaska Native Health which is multi-site including nine national centers, totaling $63 million in sponsored research, program development, and training with 180 Native communities across the county.  He has published 175 articles on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, drug, and mental health problems of Native people.  Dr. Manson is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and has received numerous further awards such as the American Public Health Association's prestigious Rema Lapouse Mental Health Epidemiology Award, two Distinguished Mentor Awards from the Gerontological Society of America, the Association of American Medical Colleges' Nickens Award; and NIH's Health Disparities Award for Excellence.

Honors & Awards

Indiana Prevention Resource Center receives 9th Sharon Brehm Outstanding Service Award.

Dr. Debby Herbenick receives Early Career Scholar Award from IU School of Public Health-Bloomington.

Dr. Beth Meyerson receives Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from IU Office of the Vice-Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Dr. Dong-Chul Seo receives IU Trustees Teaching Award and is selected as Fellow & President Elect of American Academy of Health Behavior.

Dr. Lesa Lorenzen-Huber receives 2013 Hiram S. Friedsam Mentorship Award from Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Welcome New Faculty

Dr. Lucia Gurre-Reyes just completed a joint MPH/PHD program at the University of Pittsburgh in Behavioral and Community Health and Anthropology.  She also holds a Bachelor in Anthropology from Catholic University in Peru and a Master’s degree in Gender, Sexuality and Reproductive Health from the Ceyetano Heredia (eredia) University in Lima, Peru. Lucia’s research interests lie at the intersections of health and culture relative to health inequality from a socio-cultural perspective, and the effects of cultural diversity on healthcare provision and impacts.

Dr. Michael Hendryx is another welcomed new addition to the Applied Health Science faculty who will help to coordinate our MPH in Public Health Administration degree program.  Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Nevada and Master’s and PhD degrees in psychology from Northwestern University with additional post-doctoral work in methodology at the University of Chicago.  He joins us from the School of Public Health at the University of West Virginia.  Mike, too, has strong research interests in health disparities of disadvantaged populations, especially related to differential exposure to environmental threats.  Over the past few years, he has led ground-breaking research on the health impacts of mountain-top mining in West Virginia.

Dr. Daniel Agley joins Indiana Prevention Resource Center as Research Associate and Evaluator, State Adolescent Treatment Enhancement and Dissemination and also joins our department as Visiting Lecturer. Dr. Agley recently retired as a professor from the Towson University Health Science Department after 42 years of service. He focuses on Health Promotion and Evaluation with research interests in Sleep Deprivation, Disaster Preparedness, and Program Evaluation.  

Welcome Our New Advisor

We have a new Academic Advisor,Gwenette Gaddis. Her office is C 002 and phone number is 6-7963. She will advise for Community Health, Health Education, and Dietetics. (Shannan will advise for the same majors except Dietetics). Paulene's new position is Assistant Director of Public Health Programs and Accreditation.

Gwen previously served as an IU undergraduate advisor for the Math Department and the Kelley School of Business. She also has experience as a freelance copy editor and content developer in the business world.

Dr. Noy Kay to Lead "Travel Study"

Dr. Noy Kay will again lead a “Travel Study” for both undergraduate (SPH-H 445) and graduate (SPH-H 645) levels during summer, 2013. This course will involve an overseas field study trip to Beijing, Hong Kong, Macao, and Bangkok. The course primarily focuses on activities related to health, the main health challenges, health care systems, relationship of health and culture, status and health issues, the implementation of health programs, etc. Sightseeing will be part of studying the influence of cultures on people’s decisions regarding their behaviors and lifestyles, which in turn will impact health. The trip will take 13 days, May 7 – 20, 2013. If you are interested in taking this class, contact Dr. Noy S. Kay, course instructor, at (812) 855-2156.

Congratulations to Our TTA 2012 Award Recipient

We send our congratulations to our recipient of the 2012 Trustees Teaching Award: Dr. Dong-Chul Seo, Department of Applied Health Science

The Trustees Teaching Award (TTA) recognizes excellence in teaching during the previous calendar year. Nominees for the 2012 Award must provide evidence of teaching excellence.


IPRC's 25th Anniversary Celebration

The Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) celebrates their 25th anniversary this year! For a quarter of century, the IPRC has forged current research and data into practice among a vast group of youth workers, practitioners, teachers, counselors, researchers, and prevention and treatment professionals in Indiana and beyond.

Accreditation Newsletter Available

Accreditation Update is a bi-monthly electronic newsletter intended to keep you informed of highlights and milestones as we continue this exciting transition to an accredited school of public health. You will find each subsequent edition online on our accreditation page.

Violence and Bully-Prevention Program Implemented

The Office of Community Health Engagement has devoted the assistance of a Master of Public Health student intern, Laura Colman, in addressing one of the goals in the school sector of the community by implementing an evidenced-based interpersonal violence and bully-prevention program in the Stalker Elementary School, a local elementary school.

Office of Community Health Engagement Collaborates with Indiana State Department of Health on Workforce Development Activities

The Office of Community Health Engagement and the Office of Public Health Performance Management at the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) have recently created a partnership for collaborating on workforce development activities for public health personnel throughout Indiana. The pilot session of the series, “Internships for Public Health Workforce Development,” is scheduled for February 13 at 2:00 pm and will feature Dr. Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, SPH MPH Program Director. The detailed information and the link to register and attend the webinar will be available via the OCHE biweekly email update February 1. The webinar will also be advertised to local health department staff through ISDH listservs.