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Accelerating training and research to solve Indiana's biggest health issues


An aging population. Continued threats of communicable disease and chronic illness. Demand for more doctors, nurses and health professionals. 

Now more than ever, the power of our university’s health sciences programs is at work to solve our state's—and the world's—biggest public health challenges. 

The IU School of Medicine is the largest and one of the top medical schools in the U.S., with more than 2,100 students across nine campuses. The school is the greatest producer of Indiana’s practicing doctors and surgeons, creating access to high-quality care, serving as an economic engine for our state, and delivering $2.2 billion in annual income to the Hoosier economy.

The IU School of Nursing just enrolled its largest undergraduate class, reflecting IU's reputation for being a top choice for future nurses and our commitment to ending the nursing shortage. 

Across our comprehensive health sciences schools of dentistry, optometry, public health and social work, we are answering the call for highly trained specialty doctors, clinicians and experts. IU has awarded more than 52,000 degrees and certificates in the health sciences over the past 10 years. Odds are that, in Indiana, the healthcare needs and our most significant public health advancements are being led by an IU alum.  

IU is a global leader for research in the fight to cure Alzheimer’s disease and is making major breakthroughs through the Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. This federally sponsored center is housed in the School of Medicine, which received a record $214.8 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health last year. 

The NIH also awarded more than $5 million to the School of Science on our Indianapolis campus to advance research into potential drug targets for the treatment of Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's, Type 2 diabetes and ALS. And IU’s new Irsay Institute aims to be the leading national center for addressing the stigma surrounding mental health.

By serving the public good here at home, IU is also advancing positive health outcomes and quality of life throughout our nation and the world


Pamela Whitten

Indiana University

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