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HPER broadens, expands School of Public Health

POSTED AT 08:22 PM ON Jul. 18, 2012  (UPDATED AT 08:22 PM ON Jul. 18, 2012)

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The Council on Education for Public Health has approved IU’s request to begin the accreditation process for a School of Public Health at IU-Bloomington.

The school will expand the mission of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation.

Studies will emphasize social and behavioral health, environmental health     sciences, epidemiology and community-based research and practice.

Undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs will be offered.

“This is a monumental time in the evolutionary history of our school. The School of Public Health-Bloomington, now with a broader mission, is committed to preventing disease and premature death, and promoting health, wellness and quality of life as well as reducing skyrocketing health care costs for our fellow citizens,” said Mohammed Torabi, interim dean of HPER, in a press release.

“I believe the public health of the state will be better off because of the two new schools of public health. President McRobbie and his cabinet deserve tremendous credit for this historic achievement.”

With the Council on Education for Public Health’s approval, the University will now begin the accreditation process, which is expected to take up to two years to complete.

The University is planning a ceremony on the Bloomington campus in September to formally recognize the formation of the new school.

— Nona Tepper

 

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