The Public Health Corps

The Public Health Corps

Who We Are

The Public Health Corps is a volunteer cadre of students in the School of Public Health who engage in service-learning experiences with partnering health agencies. This initiative allows students to:

  • Work side by side with health practitioners and administrators
  • Apply classroom knowledge to diverse, real-world situations
  • Contribute to surge capacity of health agencies
  • Explore potential employment settings
  • Serve the community through meaningful action

The Public Health Corps is made possible through academic-practice collaborations between the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI and the leading health agencies such as the Indiana State Department of Health, Marion County Public Health Department, Vanderburgh County Health Department, Allen County Health Department, St. Vincent DePaul, hospitals and others needing the expertise of our undergraduate and graduate students.

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What We Do

Public Health Corps members serve on short-term assignments throughout the academic year at the request of our practice partners. These assignments involve a broad range of health topics and skills, and often take students directly into community settings "where public health happens."

Diverse Work

  • Outbreak investigation
  • Data entry or analysis
  • Literature searches
  • Emergency preparedness exercises
  • Facilitating flu shot clinics
  • Facilitating TB testing
  • Inspecting schools for asthma triggers
  • Biometric screening
  • Key informant interviews
  • Community surveys
  • Policy research and development
  • Population health analysis
  • Accreditation preparation

Diverse Places

  • Needle Exchange Centers
  • Homeless shelters
  • Free clinics
  • Health fairs
  • State fairgrounds
  • Schools
  • Mobile fresh produce trucks
  • Community centers
  • Local health departments
  • State health department
  • Hospitals Conferences

Join the Public Health Corps

The opportunity to join the Public Health Corps is offered once per academic year – at the beginning of Fall Semester. Students will receive an e-mailed invitation to join the corps at the beginning of Fall semester. This e-mail message will provide instructions on how to proceed with enrollment and training.

What are the qualifications and expectations?

Currently-enrolled undergraduate, masters or doctoral student in the School of Public Health:

  • Complete brief training (~ 2 hours) to formalize your membership in The Corps prior to accepting an assignment;
  • Agree to provide 10-20 hours of volunteer service on Corps assignments over the academic year (9 month period);
  • Represent the University and the School in a professional manner and abide by the IU Student Code of Conduct while participating in any Corps assignment.

Contact Us

Have questions?
Phone: (317) 274-3178

Want to request Corps’ service?
Please complete this brief online form.


Andrea Janota, MPH
Program Coordinator


Joan M. Duwve, MD, MPH
Corps Faculty Director