Preparation for Whatever Comes Next

An Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington education gives you the tools to succeed no matter which direction life takes you, whether your next step is graduate school or employment. 
We offer what no other school of public health can

We know our faculty and programs are outstanding, and give our students the tools and knowledge they need to build a successful career in public health. We also know that we are special as a school of public health. 

While the field of public health has always focused on creating the conditions for health and wellness, the 21st century brings a particular set of challenges. Addressing these issues at a population level requires a pioneering vision. Public health must be remagined as a holistic model that considers individual, social, environmental, and policy factors.

The School of Public Health-Bloomington is a unique school with a large and diverse student population.

This level of excellence is demonstrated through our accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the nationally recognized accrediting body for both schools of public health and public health programs.

While many schools of public health in the country are limited to graduate education or have small undergraduate enrollment, we are ahead of the curve in enhancing and expanding undergraduate education. Our extensive and diverse undergraduate 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 around the globe through a multidisciplinary approach. 

With nearly 3,000 students in a variety of degree programs, the School of Public Health-Bloomington offers a traditional campus experience enriched by 21st-century innovation. With diverse backgrounds and personal motivations, each student comes to the school dedicated to enhancing the world through better health. 

Our degrees prepare you for fulfilling careers in many of today's most popular and relevant fields related to preventing disease, promoting wellness, and improving quality of life. Likewise our graduates find employment in their fields of choice at an impressive rate and in an impressive amount of time after graduation. 

Indiana University is special

A great university creates an environment that nurtures new ideas, unique talents, and burning curiosities. This is Indiana University in a nutshell. 

IU Bloomington is the original and flagship campus of the Indiana University system. Being the flagship campus, IU Bloomington has the largest student enrollment and a strong focus on enriching the lives of students through outstanding academic programs, research, and a wide array of activities. 

The IU Bloomington Admissions Web site will provide you with more information about studying at IU Bloomington, housing, and other information about the campus.

What is public health?

Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work, and play.

While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place. We also promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors.

From conducting scientific research to educating about health, people in the field of public health work to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy. That can mean vaccinating children and adults to prevent the spread of disease. Or educating people about the risks of alcohol and tobacco. Public health sets safety standards to protect workers and develops school nutrition programs to ensure kids have access to healthy food.

Public health works to track disease outbreaks, prevent injuries and shed light on why some of us are more likely to suffer from poor health than others. The many facets of public health include speaking out for laws that promote smoke-free indoor air and seatbelts, spreading the word about ways to stay healthy, and giving science-based solutions to problems.