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IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health


The Fairbanks School of Public Health is dedicated to the pursuit of health for all people. Health is defined as the capacity to develop full human potential, not simply the absence of disease. In promoting the health of communities, we emphasize the prevention of disease and injury and recognize the interconnectedness of the physical environment and ecosystem to the health of the community. We strive to ensure that the interests of the public are represented in health policies and practices and supports activities that promote this comprehensive view.

The School is committed to the principles of equality, shared decision-making, and a focus on the social, biological and environmental determinants of health which are central tenets of healthy communities and social justice. We embrace collaborative and participatory activities as a means of working collectively with other institutions and organizations in the community, across the state, nationally and internationally to ensure healthy communities and populations, a prerequisite for social justice.

While the traditional regulatory, legal and legislative functions of public health remain as important as ever today, public health is dynamic and must respond in innovative ways to emerging challenges to world health.

The IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health is proud to be fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).  Our academic programs focus on public health and health care administration and include undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Our 120-credit Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management (BSHSM) and Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) offer strong foundations, and two majors (Community Health and Environmental Health) are available in the BSPH degree. The 45-credit Master of Public Health (MPH) degree offers concentrations in the five core areas of public health: Biostatistics, Environmental Health Science, Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The 51-credit Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree is fully accredited by the Council on the Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). The 42-credit Master of Science (MS) degree in Biostatistics provides highly focused training in statistical theory and biostatistical methods, with an emphasis on their application in a broad array of health sciences. The 90-credit Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees are available in Health Policy and Management, Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

We invite you to join us as we prepare future leaders, discover best practices, and implement innovative approaches to building a healthier world.