The Social Network Health Research Lab was established at IU School of Nursing in 2015. It is directed by Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Bloomington campus, Wendy Trueblood Miller.
In response to the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, the goal of the lab is to harness Big Data, especially in the form of social media, to inform policy and interventions that will improve human health. Interdisciplinary faculty from both IUPUI and IUB are collaborating on various health-related projects using data sets from Twitter, Instagram, and the Epilepsy Foundation of America.
IUB Informatics, Nursing, and Speech and Language faculty are currently developing and testing methods that will facilitate public health monitoring and precision medicine interventions.