During the recent Indiana Public Health Conference in Indianapolis, the Indiana Public Health Practice Council presented IU School of Public Health-Bloomington Dean Mohammad Torabi with the Excellence in Public Health Award. Selected by his academic and practice peers, Dean Torabi is the first recipient of the award, which was developed to recognize public health professionals who have made a significant contribution to the state’s public health system.
“It is our honor to present this award to Dean Torabi. We couldn’t imagine someone more deserving, especially for the inaugural award,” said Paul Halverson, Dr.P.H., F.A.C.H.E., professor and founding dean of the Richard M.Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. “Dean Torabi’s unwavering commitment to advancing the field of public health, his tireless work as a researcher, educator and administrator, and his devotion to improving public health locally, in Indiana, and around the globe make him the ideal recipient of the Excellence in Public Health Award.”
During Dean Torabi’s tenure, the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington created the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, expanded its master’s degree programs, increased credit hours and undergraduate enrollment, added bachelor’s degrees in environmental health and epidemiology, and launched a living-learning center for students focused on public health.
When Torabi retires from serving as Dean of the school in 2017, he will resume his personal research focus on the measurement and evaluation of school and public health education programs and factors associated with health behavior. His research is published extensively in a variety of major journals in the field, including American Journal of Health Behavior, American Journal of Health Education, Journal of School Health, Behavior Medicine and Health Education Journal.
Dean Torabi has served as a research consultant for various state and national organizations, among them governmental and nongovernmental agencies, and he has presented his research at major national and international conferences. He served on the board of directors of several national and international organizations in his field, including presidency of the American Academy of Health Behavior, and is a fellow of five national organizations.
Dean Torabi earned a Bachelor of Science (1975) and Master of Science in Public Health (1978) at Tehran University, a Master of Public Health at IU (1984) and a PhD at Purdue University (1982).