The Indiana University and Bloomington communities are invited to celebrate health and wellness during the upcoming Campus and Community Celebration.
Hosted by the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, the celebration will take place Sept. 23 and will feature the annual Ruth Clifford Engs Lecture, delivered this year by retired Lt. General Mark Hertling, and an ice cream social.
“We’re honored to have Lt. General Hertling joining us as part of the school’s Dean’s Public Health Lecture Series, and look forward to celebrating IU School of Public Health Day with our IU and Bloomington community,” says Mohammad Torabi, founding dean and chancellor’s professor at the School of Public Health-Bloomington.
The lecture, titled “Growing Public Health Leaders: Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom,” takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the School of Public Health’s Mobley Auditorium. Hertling, a School of Public Health-Bloomington alumnus, served almost four decades in the U.S. Army. He was commanding general of U.S. Army Europe and was appointed in 2013 by President Barack Obama as one of 25 members of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.
During the lecture, Hertling will discuss what it means to become a public health leader and will share his tools for improving personal, professional and organizational health.
Following the lecture, an ice cream social will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. on the lawn near the tennis courts by the School of Public Health building. City of Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton will read a proclamation declaring the day IU School of Public Health Day.
The School of Public Health-Bloomington has nearly 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 140 faculty members in five departments. In 2015, the school received full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health.
In the past four years, under Torabi’s leadership, the school transitioned from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation to the School of Public Health; created the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics; expanded its master’s degree programs; added bachelor’s degrees in environmental health and epidemiology; and launched a living-learning center in Briscoe Residence Center.
The school also has more than 2,400 community members participating in school partnerships, offers monthly webinars on a variety of public health topics, and has more than 1,500 people taking courses through its free, online workforce developmental portal “Public Health & You.”
“As a school of public health, we’re dedicated to improving the health and wellness of communities locally, in Indiana, and across the globe,” says Torabi “Each fall, we like to take a moment with our campus and community friends to stop and celebrate all that the faculty and staff at the school do to better public health today and into the future.”