Mission Statement

To provide professional education, research, and innovative public service in health promotion and the prevention and control of illness and injury utilizing a population-based perspective.


To conduct high quality, relevant, and timely public health related research and training.

Core Values

  • We base our mission on the broad view of the health of populations found in the World Health Organization definition of health: complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
  • We are committed to the pursuit of social justice in health for all.
  • We embrace the duty of being a voice and presence in the University and the community promoting the population perspective on health. 
  • We value the spirit of open inquiry into health issues using scientific quantitative and qualitative tools exploring philosophical assumptions and ethical foundations. 
  • We support innovation and risk-taking in teaching, research, and service. 
  • We rely on a strong collegial commitment to one another in our work relations and our intellectual pursuits. 
  • We believe collaboration with others is essential to carrying out our mission. 
  • We seek diversity in thought and personnel in our department. 
  • We are committed to ethical behavior in research and work.