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.
[Photo: Dean Mohammad Torabi]
During 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 Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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 Ph.D. at Purdue University (1982).
The Indiana Public Health Practice Council is comprised of more than 70 academic, practice, and private sector partners willing to work together to improve population health in Indiana. The council provides a forum for academia and practice partners to work in a coordinated and strategic way to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate Indiana’s public health infrastructure as it relates to data, workforce, policy, and professional development. The council focuses on four priority areas: Conference Task Force, Infrastructure and Data Task Force, Workforce Task Force, and Policy Task Force.