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Health going public

Healthy habits start with knowledge, and Indiana University is determined to turn its wealth of expertise into healthier Hoosiers by launching two public health schools in the near future, one at IU Bloomington and the other at IUPUI.

At IUPUI, the new school will grow out of the School of Medicine's public health department, while the Bloomington school will be built upon the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, all as part of the new IU Public Health Initiative.

IU President Michael McRobbie believes "the existence of strong and engaged schools of public health in Indiana would be a major step in the right direction" of dealing with such problems as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The core missions of the two new schools will differ, but McRobbie expects them to collaborate closely and enhance IU's ability to gain external funding for public health research. The IUPUI school will start with the public health department, but eventually could include such programs as biostatistics, health policy, wellness, environmental health, behavioral science and the health professions. The new school isn't likely to launch until January 2011.