Indiana University celebrated the establishment of one of two new schools of public health today, naming the school on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus in recognition of a transformative and remarkably generous $20 million gift in support of IU’s efforts to address the critical public health problems that affect the quality of life of many Hoosiers.
The new school at IUPUI will be formally named the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation last year gave Indiana University $20 million to help establish the school, which evolved from the Department of Public Health in the IU School of Medicine. The school will draw upon the resources of the IUPUI health sciences campus, including the faculty and programs of the School of Medicine and other campus health schools. University, foundation and state health officials participated in the 10:30 a.m. naming ceremony at the University Place Conference Center Auditorium.