Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington Founding Dean Mohammad Torabi was recently honored with the university’s Provost’s Medal. This award recognizes outstanding service that builds and enhances the impact of Indiana University, and is the highest honor bestowed by the Office of the Provost.
“As founding dean of the School of Public Health, Dean Torabi achieved accreditation in record time, and positioned the school to be competitive at the highest levels for research support in the health sciences,” said Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. “His work has provided essential support for our faculty and students, whose work in turn is a force for tremendous good in our state and around the world. Even though his time as dean is coming to an end, I am so pleased that Mo will continue his terrific work as a faculty member.”
The Provost’s Medal is reserved for individuals who exemplify the virtues of rendering distinguished service to the university and community, giving freely of their talents in the promotion of human welfare and community wellbeing, and serving as an exemplary role model for students and alumni through their integrity, leadership, and commitment.
As Torabi prepares to step down as dean of the school this summer in order to return to teaching and research, his legacy and impact on the School of Public Health, the university and the field of public health can be clearly seen. Most notably, Torabi led the school’s transformation from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation to an accredited School of Public Health.
This transformative journey began in September 2012 when the school officially became the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. Over the next two years, Torabi led the school through an extensive self-study process which was then submitted to the Council on Education for Public Health with a request for official accreditation. CEPH awarded the school full accreditation in June 2015.
Over the last five years, under Torabi’s leadership, the school’s undergraduate enrollment and graduate student credit hours are up, and total credit hour production has increased. In addition, the school developed an online graduate curriculum and, since its inception, has seen enrollment and online credit hours nearly double.
Torabi’s impact as founding dean of the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington will continue to be felt in the years to come as the school educates the next generation of public health leaders, scholars, and researchers.