Skip to main content

Public Health Scholarly Concentration

This scholarly concentration provides foundational knowledge in public health including:

  • An understanding of the U.S. health system
  • Trends impacting public health
  • Causes of death and disability
  • Historical contributions of public health to life expectancy and quality of life
  • Key terms and concepts
  • Health system organization
  • Local and global factors that determine health at a population level
  • Evidence-based interventions and evaluations


All concentration coursework can be completed online. The scholarly project work occurs in Indianapolis or a mutually agreed upon site.

Curriculum and Timeline

Students completing the Public Health concentration fulfill the same core curriculum as students in other concentrations. The didactic components provide a strong academic and experiential foundation in public health that will be vital for completion of the core curriculum project and product.

Recommended Pathway

*Available mid-December to mid-February

Students determine if a concentration pathway will fit in their schedule by contacting concentration co-directors. 

Scholarly Project Topic Examples

Students work with faculty to complete a project in a relevant topic based on student interests. Students are welcome to come up with their own project idea. Potential project topics include:

  • Clinical preventative services
  • Health administration
  • Disease control and prevention
  • Jail assessment of routine HIV/HCV testing
  • Flu shot access to homeless populations
  • Health equity
  • Health policy
  • How organizational strategies impact critical performance measures, including health quality outcomes and financial performance
  • Health information exchange
  • An evaluation of a program to prevent falls in the elderly, done on a county basis, in conjunction with the health system and/or the public health system.
  • The development of a program using the smoking status information gathered at physician visits to implement smoking cessation efforts.
  • The implementation and evaluation of a hypertension screening program implemented at sites in the community, such as barber shops or beauty shops.


Paul K. Halverson, DrPH

Adjunct Professor of Family Medicine

Bio and Contact Information

13430-Harrington, Maureen

Maureen A. Harrington, PhD

Associate Dean for Medical Student Education, Foundational Sciences

Bio and Contact Information

39011-Holmes, Jordan

Jordan A. Holmes, MD

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Bio and Contact Information

4815-Tierney, William

Bill Tierney, MD

Clinical Professor, Associate Dean of Population Health and Health Outcomes

Bio and Contact Information