IU School of Public Health-Bloomington honors Paul Halverson with Founding Dean's Medallion

Feb. 22, 2017

During a recent visit to the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, Paul Halverson, founding dean of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, was honored with the Founding Dean's Medallion by Dean Mohammad Torabi.

Given to public health leaders at the Dean's discretion, the medallion honors those who have made a significant impact in the field of public health. Medallion recipients are those whose careers and personal efforts have been dedicated to rigorous public health research, education, and practice by preventing disease, promoting health, and enhancing quality of life.

Halverson has had a prestigious career in public health, contributing to the field in academia, research and administration. Most recently, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb appointed him as a senior public health advisor, and he's been appointed to the Healthy People 2030 Committee.

Halverson has served in roles across the U.S., including as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's World Health Organization's Collaborating Center for Public Health, and as director of the national Public Health Performance Standards program. In addition, Halverson was recently appointed to the National Advisory Committee of the newly created Public Health National Center for Innovations established by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

"Dean Halverson's positive influence on our nation's public health system deserves our recognition, not only to honor his contributions, but to inspire others working in the field," Torabi said during the medallion presentation. "It is my honor to bestow the Dean's Medallion in recognition of your outstanding contributions and achievements."

Halverson earned a doctorate in public health from the University of North Carolina, a master's degree in health services administration from Arizona State University, and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).


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