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A revolutionary approach to health and wellness at Indiana University’s School of Public Health–Bloomington


In 2016, Indiana University celebrates a milestone 70 years of having a school dedicated to health and wellbeing. Since 1946, when the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation opened, Indiana University has been on a forward-thinking path; growing and changing to meet the public health needs and trends of not only the local community, but the state and nation. In 2012, when it became the School of Public Health-Bloomington, this journey continued to move the school and its educational programs into the future and address the health needs of a new century. See how we’re reimagining public health...


reimagining public health for a changing world 5 reimagining public health at IU Bloomington 7 reimagining active lifestyles 11 reimagining freedom from addiction 17 reimagining healthy relationships 23 reimagining healthful environments 27 reimagining healthy populations 35 reimagining investing in health 39 conclusion 43


reimagining public health for a CHANGING WORLD 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. The greatest threat to the nation’s health today comes not from isolated disease agents but from the interaction of multiple social and environmental factors that contribute to chronic illness. To make the most significant impact, effective public health strategies must address a complex network of influences on health status and health behaviors. Today’s leading causes of death in the United States, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke, are tied to pervasive patterns of inactivity, poor diet, various forms of addiction, and prolonged stress. Stemming in part from technological shifts toward a sedentary lifestyle, these trends are reinforced by social isolation, environmental exposures, and, for many, limited access to fresh foods and safe recreation areas. Addressing these issues 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. Focusing on prevention, community empowerment, and collaboration across organizations and sectors, Indiana University’s School of Public Health-Bloomington provides a comprehensive approach to ensuring health, vitality, and longevity.


reimagining public health at IU BLOOMINGTON Indiana University’s School of Public Health-Bloomington is uniquely positioned to address today’s most pressing public health needs. With a range of expertise not found at other schools, more than 140 full-time faculty members collaborate across key areas including physical activity and nutrition, substance abuse and addiction, sexual health and relationships, environmental health, natural environments and recreation, health disparities, and public health economics. This pioneering model of public health research, teaching, and service builds on 70 years of experience. Founded in 1946 as the nation’s first School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, the school’s overarching philosophy of “Living Well Through Healthy Lifestyles” guided the development of highly ranked and respected programs from physical education and sports marketing to sexual health promotion and the management of public parks. Offering Indiana’s first public health master’s degree in 1969, the school has grown steadily in size and scope, with more than 24,000 alumni now serving in a wide range of settings and fields. The transition in 2012 to become a school of public health retained the school’s extensive strengths in multiple dimensions of health behavior while bringing added emphasis to public health research, curricula, professional training, and community engagement. This unique combination of a public health framework with a broadly interdisciplinary faculty enables the School of Public Health-Bloomington to lead transformative innovations in the environments, policies, and programs that support optimal health.


YES-Ghana: Interdisciplinary Leadership Youth sports coaches and educators from Ghana recently joined an interdisciplinary IU Bloomington public health team for an innovative program incorporating health education and leadership training into recreational sports. Faculty members Sarah Young and Craig Ross of the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, Cecilia Obeng of the Department of Applied Health Science, and Center for Sexual Health Promotion CoDirector Debra Herbenick worked with IU African Studies Program Director Samuel Obeng to develop the Youth Enrichment through Sports – Ghana (YES-Ghana) program. The two-week, Bloomington-based course, funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of State, focused on skills and strategies youth sports leaders can use to encourage and reinforce positive health behaviors among young people in Ghana.  

Associate Professor Cecilia S. Obeng focuses her research on culture and health, the role of the family in child development, and immigrant families’ health with a special interest in children and families in Ghana.

With a rich history of educating, researching, and promoting health and wellness and an eye for inovation and foward thinking, we’re reimagining public health.








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reimagining ACTIVE LIFESTYLES America is caught in a health crisis affecting close to 100 million people. With more than one third of the adult population obese and another third overweight, the great majority of Americans are exposed to serious health problems including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Second only to smoking in the number of preventable deaths it causes, obesity also affects one in six American children and adolescents, many of whom will confront obesity-related illness before reaching adulthood. Physical activity and nutrition, though not the sole predictors of weight status, are highly effective and economical means of addressing obesity. Changing these habits, however, requires a profound understanding of the physiological, psychological, social, and environmental determinants of behavior. The School of Public Health-Bloomington, with its outstanding foundation in kinesiology and nutrition and dietetics, brings a unique depth of knowledge and experience to this critical public health area.


Motivating Movement Kinesiology is the science of human movement. In addition to addressing physiological function in the musculoskeletal, metabolic, and neuromotor systems, researchers at the School of Public Health-Bloomington also bring expertise in movement-related decision making such as motivation and adherence in exercise interventions. Recognizing that programs and policies that make physical activity safe, fun, and convenient can contribute not only to physical health but also improved cognitive function and emotional wellbeing, the school’s kinesiology experts are devoted to research, teaching, and outreach that consider the full life cycle. The school’s new Master of Public Health in Physical Activity, one of the first such programs in the nation, equips emerging public health professionals to integrate opportunities for healthy movement into everyday settings from youth recreation to workplaces, neighborhoods, and retirement communities.

David Koceja, professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, wants to help older adults lead more active lives. His research on the neuromuscular control of human movement is helping to develop intervention programs to improve quality of life for those with balance and postural control issues.

Fall Risk and Stabilization Falls are the leading cause of serious and fatal injuries among seniors, with approximately one in three adults over 65 experiencing a traumatic fall each year. In addition to the risks of a fall itself, fear of falling can also cause older adults to avoid physical activity, which contributes to reduced mobility, decreased fitness, and a resulting increase in the likelihood of a fall. To help older adults retain the strength, balance, and confidence to stay active, Kinesiology Department Chair David Koceja is collaborating with IU Health Bloomington Hospital to implement in-office fall risk assessments and individualized stability training programs.


Nutrition: The Big Picture The School of Public Health-Bloomington’s programs in Nutrition Science and Dietetics bring a rare depth of dietary knowledge to public health. Through a deep understanding not only of optimal nutrition but also of the food systems that provide, prepare, and market the American diet, the school’s nutrition and dietetics faculty are leading groundbreaking interventions that facilitate high-quality nutrition and healthier choices. The school’s expertise in Nutritional Epidemiology provides further perspective on population-level patterns of ingestion and health. Examining not only conscious dietary choices but also the effects of substances like food additives and soil minerals, School of Public Health-Bloomington research helps to provide data-driven insights for consumers and policy makers about the food supply.

Students in Associate Professor Alice Lindeman’s courses get hands on experience in the school’s Nutrition Lab, and learn about nutrition, preventive health habits and wellness; key areas of Professor Lindeman’s research.

Spotlight on Sodium Nine out of 10 Americans are eating too much sodium, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – a habit that contributes to high blood pressure and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Working with Indiana’s Marion County Health Department, Associate Professor Alice Lindeman is helping to put lower-sodium options in a number of food service venues, including hospitals and early education programs. Focusing on changes that are easy to implement and promoting options through thoughtful displays and language, the study will gauge consumer acceptance through concrete measures such as the amount of food discarded after a meal.


reimagining FREEDOM FROM ADDICTION Imagine a world in which addictions are powerless. Tobacco no longer has the strength to cause one-third of cancer deaths. Alcohol has lost its claim on injuries, violence, liver disease, and cancer. Nonmedical prescription and illegal drugs no longer contribute to mental illness, increased exposure to infection, and incarcerations that presently amount to nearly half of all federal sentences. At the School of Public Health-Bloomington, this vision of freedom guides a holistic, preventionbased approach to all forms of addiction. Research, teaching, and outreach at the school address not only the unique factors influencing different forms of substance abuse but also the common attributes across all addictive behavior. Working closely with community agencies and policy makers, the school provides revolutionary strategies for recognizing and reducing risk as early as possible, halting addictions before they take hold.


Leading Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Research The School of Public Health-Bloomington leads some of the nation’s largest and longest-running studies on the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD), in addition to exploring new approaches to deterring drug use. • The IU Smoking Survey is a 35-year ongoing longitudinal study of the smoking behaviors of more than 6,000 individuals. The study has tracked subjects from middle- and high-school into midlife and parenting, providing what Lead Investigator Jon Macy of the Department of Applied Health Science describes as “a natural history of smoking.” • Since 1991, the school’s Indiana Prevention Resource Center (IPRC) has conducted the Annual Survey of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Use by Indiana Adolescents, which more than 120,000 students in grades six through 12 complete each year. In addition to tracking state-level data, the IPRC compiles localized reports for each school corporation.

As an expert in public health policy, including tobacco control policy, Assistant Professor Jon Macy leads the school’s work in implementing the IU Smoking Survey and tracking its outcomes.

• New research funded through the National Institutes of Health examines unexpressed or “implicit” attitudes toward smoking and investigates whether interactive computer games can be used to influence these attitudes. This promising area of study has the potential to identify individuals at risk of starting smoking and reduce their inclination to smoke.

Translating Evidence into Action Putting research into practice is central to the school’s ATOD programs. Through targeted outreach efforts, the School of Public Health-Bloomington works directly with state and community agencies to guide and implement evidence-based, life-changing interventions. • The newly established Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior, based in the School of Public Health, facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration to improve the quality and relevance of addiction research. The institute supports both basic and translational research in areas including substance abuse, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, and addictive sexual disorders. • The Indiana Prevention Resource Center, established in 1987, provides drug-prevention professionals, volunteers, and agencies with data, training, program planning, evaluation, and grant writing assistance. With additional expertise in problem gambling and drug treatment and recovery, the center serves as a critical link between the research community and the delivery of effective, sustainable services.


We Ask Everyone Substance abuse has profound negative health effects, but is rarely a subject of discussion between patients and health care providers. To identify individuals who are engaging in risky or harmful drug or alcohol use, the Indiana Prevention Resource Center is leading a statewide campaign to make confidential conversations about substance abuse a routine part of every visit. Using the tagline “We Ask Everyone� to make clear that no patient is singled out, the initiative also trains providers to respond to reports of risky behavior through brief, conversation-based interventions and to refer those with substance abuse problems to treatment.

The IU School of Public HealthBloomington puts research into practice through some of the nation’s largest and longest running studies

IU Smoking Survey A 35-year longitudinal study looking at the smoking behaviors of more than 6,000 people

Indiana Prevention Resource Center has served as a critical link between research and community services since 1987, and provides expertise in data, program planning and evaluations

Annual Survey of Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Use by Indiana Adolescents Gathers state-level data from more than 120,000 6th through 12th graders

Built on strong foundations of practical research, the IU School of Public Health is creating new innovations and research in the field of addictions

the Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior works to improve the quality and relevance of addiction research

Can interactive computer games be used to influence implicit attitudes about smoking?

Indiana University Professor Alfred Kinsey pioneered research into sexual behavior early in the 20th century. After collecting more than 18,000 interviews, Kinsey and his colleagues published Sexual Behavior in the Human Male in 1948 and Sexual Behavior in the Human Female in 1953. Together, these publications were referred to as the Kinsey Reports and established Kinsey as a national and international expert in the field of sexology.

reimagining HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS On the campus that pioneered modern sex research, the School of Public Health-Bloomington continues to lead the field through its comprehensive, holistic approach to sexual health and behavior.

The Kinsey Legacy Dr. Alfred Kinsey founded The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction in 1947, establishing Indiana University at the forefront of research on human sexuality and sexual health. The School of Public Health-Bloomington, in addition to working closely with the institute through joint faculty appointments and affiliations, research collaborations, and graduate and undergraduate education opportunities, enjoys strong institutional support on the Bloomington campus for advancing Kinsey’s legacy of bold, informative, and interdisciplinary sexual health research.

A Fundamental Wellness Issue Intimate relationships are a central component of personal wellbeing. Recognizing that sexual behavior takes place in the context of interpersonal relationships, and that intimacy and pleasure are beneficial outcomes of sexual activity, the School of Public Health-Bloomington approaches sex research from a standpoint of overall wellness and health enhancement.


With the goal of not only preventing disease but also creating structures that support fulfilling, affirming relationships, the school conducts broad-based national research, trains health educators and professionals, and works closely with health care providers to promote evidence-based, effective sexual health programs. • Since 2009, the Center for Sexual Health Promotion has conducted the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior, the largest-ever nationally representative study of adult and adolescent sexual and sexual-health behavior. Providing insights into patterns of condom use, prevalence of same-sex encounters, pain during intercourse, and other aspects of sexual health, safety, and pleasure, the ongoing study has gathered data from close to 6,000 individuals in three consecutive surveys and continues to build a longitudinal portrait of U.S. sexual activity.

As Co-Director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Assistant Professor Beth Meyerson focuses her current research on extending access to HIV testing, the implementation of needle exchange programs in Indiana, and cervical cancer screenings in STD clinics.

• The Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention is headquartered in the Department of Applied Health Science in the School of Public Health-Bloomington and focuses on the often-overlooked sexual health needs of American rural communities. The center provides prevention resources, educational materials, and infrastructure for national collaboration among prevention professionals. • The newly formed Bisexual Research Collaborative on Health brings together School of Public Health-Bloomington faculty with researchers from the Fenway Institute in Boston and a number of universities and bisexual advocacy organizations to resolve the significant research gap in understanding and addressing the health needs of bisexual individuals.

Long Term Relationships The subject of love hasn’t often come up in sex research, says Debra Herbenick, co-director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion: “We have a common propensity to talk about the physical aspects of sex and about infection, but what matters to most people are their relationships and their desire.” To better understand sexual health in its relationship context, she’s studying intimacy and sexual behavior among people in relationships lasting five years or more. The results offer insight into the connections between affection, attention, communication, and sexual health across the lifespan.


Assistant Professor James Farmer uses various research methods and designs to look at the human dimensions of sustainable agriculture and rural living, as well as the motivations and barriers to sustainable behavior.

reimagining HEALTHFUL ENVIRONMENTS Natural and built environments offer a tremendous opportunity to make a positive public health impact. Through community planning and programming that capitalizes on natural resources, and through environmental health efforts that contribute to safer living and working conditions, the School of Public Health-Bloomington is invested in creating and sustaining environments that support vibrant health.

Nature and Recreation The American Public Health Association’s recent policy statement on Improving Health and Wellness through Access to Nature affirmed: “Access to nature has been related to lower levels of mortality and illness, higher levels of outdoor physical activity, restoration from stress, a greater sense of wellbeing, and greater social capital.”

Promoting health and wellness through outdoor recreation is a longstanding priority of the School of Public Health-Bloomington. Through its Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies, the school has worked closely with local, state, and national parks departments for nearly 70 years.


With an outstanding national collaborative network that includes the school’s Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands, the School of Public Health-Bloomington is leading efforts to integrate public health considerations into master planning for parks and recreation departments. Approximately 15,000 state, county, and municipal departments are distributed throughout the nation, representing an unparalleled opportunity to deliver public health programs and services in an appealing and engaging setting.

Community Health Assessments for Parks and Recreation Fairfield, Ohio and Bloomington, Indiana are getting a customized boost of healthy fun. Researchers at the School of Public Health-Bloomington are working with parks and recreation departments in the two cities to address each community’s demonstrated health needs through targeted, enjoyable recreational activities. By promoting programs such as gardening classes, farmers’ markets, and youth sports, and by building strategically located community assets such as playgrounds and pools, these initiatives aim to improve physical health, mental wellbeing, and social connections through rewarding leisure activities.


Environmental Health The Department of Environmental Health at the School of Public Health-Bloomington approaches humanenvironment interaction in terms of health risks, focusing on acute and chronic health effects of environmental exposures as well as long-term health concerns including food and water security. To investigate human health effects of environmental hazards, state-of-the-art labs at the Indiana University Innovation Center enable researchers to use DNA and cell samples to track disease pathways activated by naturally occurring and human-introduced toxic agents. The department’s strengths in gene-environment interactions support a focus on decoding individual susceptibility to environmental hazards that have been linked to chronic disease and cancer.

The mission of the Department of Environmental Health involves working with all stakeholders, including private corporations, policymakers, and citizens’ groups, to identify sustainable, research-backed solutions to environmental health problems. Research in the department includes: • Gestational and early childhood exposures • Agricultural contaminants • Naturally occurring carcinogens • Nanoparticles • Long-term effects of low-concentration exposures • Cellular effects of drug and alcohol use


Farmers’ Markets and Food Security Farmers’ markets and local food distribution systems hold promise as means of increasing community food security, but some evidence suggests that participation in these activities has been limited to those who are socioeconomically privileged. In collaboration with several community agencies, Assistant Professor James Farmer is conducting a study to evaluate the interest in locally-produced food among marginalized populations, assess the impact of programs designed to overcome economic barriers to buying local, and explore the viability of using additional venues to distribute local foods. The study will be used to draft a community action plan for increasing food security by making local foods more accessible for all community members.



CAUSE: A geographic area, usually a low-income community, with little to no access to fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains and other nutritious foods

CAUSE: Water contamination from naturally occurring chemicals, land use practices, manufacturing processes or wastewater release.

EFFECT: Higher rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity

EFFECT: Increases in digestive issues, reproductive problems and neurological disorders

PUBLIC HEALTH THREAT… LACK OF PARKS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CAUSE: Little green space and walking paths, especially in urban areas, and living more than ¼ mile from a park. EFFECT: With little access to parks, research shows people exercise less. Less physical activity leads to increased risk for obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, congestive heart failure, and stroke. In addition, a lack of physical activity can promote depression, eating disorders, and low self-esteem.


Continued research, creative thinking and collaboration to take on the public health threats and challenges of the future. Today’s IU School of Public Health-Bloomington faculty are training the next generation of researchers, practitioners and public health workers who will evaluate, analyze and resolve the public health threats we face now and in the future.

reimagining HEALTHY POPULATIONS For public health to make a truly transformative impact, it must confront the disparities that cause certain groups to suffer disproportionately from poor health. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services puts forth in Healthy People 2020 the goal of achieving “health equity� across racial, ethnic, gender, religious, geographic, and other social and demographic categories. The School of Public Health-Bloomington is committed to understanding and addressing health disparities among historically disenfranchised populations. A distinct focus on the health needs of rural America adds to this commitment to nationwide health equity. The school recognizes that within each of these groups, income and education are primary determinants of health status. Addressing these intersecting and compounding drivers must be a concern for public health researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in order to improve health among all Americans.


Interrupting the Cycle Low income and limited education can together create a near-inescapable cycle of poverty and poor health. Those living in poverty and with minimal job prospects due to low levels of education often have inadequate access not only to health care but also fresh foods, safe areas for recreation, and support in overcoming addictions. Lower income neighborhoods are also more likely to be exposed to toxic environmental contaminants, further contributing to health problems that in turn constrain opportunities for education and employment. The School of Public Health-Bloomington is committed to addressing these fundamental drivers of population health through research, outreach, and advocacy. By promoting policies and initiatives that support not only direct health interventions but also measures such as high school graduation rates, environmental safety, and neighborhood revitalization, the school is invested in improving conditions that are inextricably linked with health outcomes.

With a focus on health disparities for disadvantaged populations, Professor Michael Hendryx has a special research interest in the impacts of uneven environmental exposures faced by socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, such as those living in the coal mining areas of Appalachia.

Rural Health—Myths and Realities The conventional image equating rural America with robust health, farm-fresh produce, and outdoor activity reveals a number of misconceptions about life beyond suburban boundaries. For many rural Americans, persistent poverty is compounded by the absence of needed services such as transportation, health care, and job training. Fresh foods can be difficult to obtain in rural areas, and recreational green space may be nonexistent. Additionally, contrary to stereotypes, the rural poor are racially and ethnically diverse, with rural minority populations experiencing some of the highest poverty rates in the nation. The School of Public Health-Bloomington has taken on the charge of spotlighting rural health as a public health priority. Working with partners within and beyond Indiana to address rural health disparities and the factors underlying them, the school is dedicated to serving as a resource and beacon for rural health equity.

Beating the Odds Using county-level data to map the number of physical and mental unhealthy days reported throughout the nation, Applied Health Science Professor Michael Hendryx and colleagues at West Virginia University uncovered a number of U.S. counties that are outperforming their expected health status as calculated by traditional demographic risk factors. By looking more closely at these communities that are beating the odds, Hendryx hopes to reveal effective strategies for supporting vibrant health within communities that would traditionally be considered high risk.


The B-Line Trail in Bloomington, Indiana provides three miles of safe walking, running and biking space throughout the city.

reimagining INVESTING IN HEALTH Sustainable solutions to public health challenges must not only be powerful but also cost effective. With more than $3 trillion spent annually on health care in the United States, identifying public health interventions that maximize return on investment is an essential economic strategy. At the School of Public Health-Bloomington, commitment to Health Economics integrates this cost-benefit framework into public health planning, research, and teaching. This critical area of analysis reveals the importance of prevention in reducing the direct and indirect costs of poor health.

Health and the Bottom Line The school’s focus on Health Economics is rooted in the understanding that a healthy economy requires healthy people. In addition to the direct expense of managing chronic disease, poor health costs employers in lost productivity, absenteeism, and early retirement due to disability. Communities and states with poor health profiles are unattractive to employers, leading to higher rates of unemployment and placing an even greater strain on public resources.


Modifiable Factors Improving health status at a contained cost requires a focus on factors that can be influenced by modest means. Health behavior, in contrast to medical interventions, offers an opportunity to substantially shift health outcomes without extraordinary expenditures. This attention to return on investment has led the School of Public Health-Bloomington to focus primarily on prevention. Working closely with public health practitioners, agencies, and organizations, the school is committed to identifying and implementing the most effective strategies for encouraging health-protective behaviors that sustain physical and mental wellbeing. Through a range of approaches including preventive health care such as screenings and vaccinations, policy initiatives such as smoking ordinances, and environmental interventions that encourage physical activity through new trails, parks, and sidewalks, these prevention-based approaches can substantially improve health outcomes through economical means and avoid the high costs of treating illness.

As part of the school’s global outreach and mission to impact global health, IU School of Public Health-Bloomington faculty and students traveled to Ghana, and worked with youth coaches and sports leaders to reinforce and encourage positive health behaviors among kids and teens.

Investing in Community Collaborations Through its Office of Global and Community Health Partnerships, the School of Public HealthBloomington collaborates with more than 250 organizations worldwide to identify, implement, and support transformative public health solutions. With partners that include schools, hospitals, social services organizations, and parks departments in addition to public health agencies and universities around the globe, the school invests its expertise, resources, and human capital in making real-world public health programs successful.


The IU School of Public Health–Bloomington is at the forefront of reimagining public health. Built on 70 years of experience, the School of Public Health is living out its philosophy of “Living well through healthy lifestyles” by developing an interdisciplinary framework to educate tomorrow’s public health workers and research topics that will impact public health across the globe.

Promoting active lifestyles through the traditional focus on physical activity as well as looking at the science of human movement are focus areas within the school. And research on balance and fall risk, coupled with investigating nutritional epidemiology are highlights of our unique approach to



































Enhancing the health of an economy requires having a healthy population. Through our commitment to health economics, we know the value of prevention in reducing the direct and indirect costs of poor health. Engaging community partners locally, statewide, nationally, and worldwide to develop preventive health strategies, such as screenings and encouraging physical activity, is how we’re

On the front lines of research into sexual health and behavior are not only surveys and traditional research methods but also getting out into the field and implementing a wellnesscentered framework, such as the work done by the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention. Looking at relationships and sexual behavior through a comprehensive, holistic approach means we’re working to prevent disease and



Environmental health is about more than sustaining natural resources. Unique in the nation, the School of Public Health-Bloomington includes Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies in its curriculum. Through opportunities to promote and deliver public health programs via parks and recreation departments, we’re


What matters is working toward a world where addictions are powerless. Our research and community outreach, including some of the nation’s largest and longest running studies on smoking, focus on a prevention-based approach to


Community health work can truly transform lives. By researching communities that are outperforming their projected health status, we’re learning how to implement programs and services in underserved and less healthy than expected neighborhoods. Health equity can take on a lot of different meanings and is just one way we’re


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Applied Health Science David Lohrmann, Chair Environmental Health Alan Ewert, Chair

Epidemiology and Biostatistics Ka He, Chair Kinesiology David Koceja, Chair

Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies Lynn Jamieson, Interim Chair



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