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SPH-B Honors Program

Description of Program

The School of Public Health-Bloomington Honors Program is dedicated to providing a rich college experience to motivated, academically gifted, and engaged students. By promoting challenging coursework, encouraging leadership and service beyond the classroom, and providing opportunities for scholarly research, it prepares graduates for excellence in their public health careers. 


Admission to the SPH Honors Program will follow the process below:

  • SPH Records Office will send a letter of invitation to all eligible undergraduate students, inviting them to apply to the SPH honors program.
  • Students will apply by submitting a formal plan to complete the program with supporting faculty signatures.  See instructions under Letter of Intent on the website. 
  • Students will submit their letter of intent on the website to their academic advisor and SPH Honors Program Director Kathy Finley (kfinley@iu.edu) for review (e.g., if student meets eligibility).
  • Admitted to an SPH major
  • 3.7 cumulative GPA at time of admission into Honors Program
  • 3.7 cumulative GPA at time of graduation
  • In student’s final semester, student will initiate meeting with major advisor to ensure that all requirements for the SPH Honors Program have been met or will be completed by May 1st.. 
  • Deadline to submit Program Checklist to Advisor: December 1st or May 1st.
Honors Program Criteria

Students must complete all of the following four criteria:

Criterion 1: Completion of 3 credits of SPH honors coursework (which can also count for Hutton Honors courses).

Criterion 2: Completion of an independent research study or project culminating in a paper or poster project.

Criterion 3: Presentation in SPH poster event and/or Departmental Open House or a recognized conference.

Criterion 4: Participation in a credit-bearing field experience or service learning course, or credit-bearing study abroad or other approved credit-bearing community-engaged learning activity that results in a paper, project, or product.

Benefits to Students
  • Recognition of high-impact experiences initiated by student.
  • Flexibility to choose desired Honors courses and projects specific to student’s area of study.
  • Opportunity for community engagement.
  • Opportunity for mentorship and/or research with a faculty member and graduate students.
  • SPH Honors notation provided on transcript.
  • Recognition at graduation (Honors cord).

The SPH Honors Program provides exemplary education involving research and community engagement in order to prepare graduates so that they can effectively meet the public health needs of individuals and communities.

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