Vision, Mission, Goals, and Values

MPH Vision: To be a national leader in the development and implementation of evidence-based public health graduate education addressing health disparities in urban populations.

MPH Mission: To improve the health of urban populations through graduate education of public health practitioners, urban-relevant scholarship and community service specifically targeting the determinants of health disparities in underserved communities.

MPH Goals:

  1. Instructional Goal: To provide a  social justice-centered public health education that focuses on structural competency and social determinants of urban health disparities.
  2. Research Goal: To address urban health disparities and advance health equity through research. 
  3. Service Goal: To support the development of a community-engaged and social justice-centered public health workforce.

MPH Values: The BSPH program embraces the following values:

  • Social Justice and Health Equity: We believe that health, wellness, and a good quality of life are fundamental rights for all individuals irrespective of socioeconomic status, gender, sex, or racial/ethnic origin.
  • Respect for Cultural Diversity: We recognize and respect the differing beliefs, culture, and needs of all individuals, and the communities in which they live.
  • Community Responsibility and Service: Community Responsibility and Service: we value enhancing the curriculum through active partnership between the community, students, and faculty in identifying urban public health issues pertinent to the community and its needs.
  • Excellence, Professionalism, and Integrity: We strive for the highest standard of performance by continually monitoring, assessing, and evaluating the program's goals, outcomes/objectives, public health competencies, and their assessment tools. Our faculty and students act ethically by commitment to standards such as personal integrity, collegiality, and excellence in teaching, scholarship, community service and practice.