A Legacy Transformed

The Story of HPER and the Birth of the School of Public Health-Bloomington

by Mohammad R. Torabi and Barbara A. Hawkins

With David Skirvin

Published by: Indiana University Press

152 Pages, 12.00 x 9.00 in, 40 color illus., 75 b&w illus.

  • Hardcover
  • 9780253019288
  • Published: January 2016


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This richly illustrated history of the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) is a revealing portrait of some of the people, events, and accomplishments of the school from its founding, subsequent evolution, and transition to the IU School of Public Health–Bloomington in 2012. Throughout this period, Indiana University provided a fertile environment for the HPER professions to grow and flourish. As the health needs and conditions of Americans changed throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century, so did the educational programs for HPER professions. The school was instrumental in leading the development in professional preparation, research, and service in response to these changing needs. This book offers an appreciation of the historical importance of the school to Indiana University, the state, and the nation, and it provides the framework for understanding the significance of the school's transformation into a school of public health.