Mission, Value Statements, Goals & Objectives
Mission Statement and Core Values of the Master of Public Health Program
MPH Program Mission
The mission of the MPH Program in the Department of Health is to enable students to develop skills and apply knowledge from multiple disciplines for the promotion and protection of health in human populations and to serve as effective practitioners and leaders in the fields of community health, health care management, environmental health, integrative health or nutrition.
Core Values of MPH Program
The core values of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program are shaped by the following two interrelated convictions:
Health is central to human existence, as it impacts both the quality and quantity of life of all individuals. Public health is vital for enhancing the health of individuals and their communities.
To promote the health of individuals and communities, all public health professionals (students, staff, faculty, and others affiliated with the program) are invited to adopt and further the following core values:
- Seeking and sharing knowledge and wisdom.
- Lifelong learning for self and others.
- Taking responsibility for one's actions.
- Ensuring the highest personal and professional integrity.
- Cultivating deep compassion for those suffering from ill health.
- Committing to and supporting diversity of individuals, views, programs, and institutions.
- Respecting, always, human dignity and human rights.
- Promoting social justice and justice for all.
We believe the cultivation and practice of these personal and professional values translates into the following for our MPH Program:
- An academic model that values the integration of the scholarship of teaching, research, and community service.
- A commitment to student-centered learning.
- Shared governance of every aspect of the program.
- A learning environment characterized by objective, evidence-based knowledge.
- Meaningful, active experiential learning and community service.
- Collaboration and mentoring not only among the faculty but also between the faculty and our students.
- A global public health view.
- An engaged, seriousness of purpose to improve the health of individuals and the communities in which they live.
MPH Program Goals and Objectives
Goal statements and objectives for the MPH Program are divided into three key areas of education, research and service.
Education Goal Statement: To graduate students who are competent in core areas of public health for their career goals in practice, research, and/or teaching.
Education Objectives: To achieve this program goal, the MPH program will:
- Require all students in the MPH Program to complete MPH core courses (HEA520-Public Health Epidemiology, HEA526-Biostatistics in Public Health, Env-General Environmental Health, HEA516- Health Care Management, HEA632-Social and Behavioral Aspects of Public Health and HEA648 Research Methods) and 90% of these students will complete these courses with a B or better grade.
- Provide a competency-based curriculum in the MPH Core and Elective Tracks that will support the development of skills and knowledge that will enable students to identify and assess needs of populations, plan, implement and evaluate programs to protect and promote the health of populations with 90% of students completing all elective track courses with a B or better grade.
- Provide MPH Core and Elective Track courses to enhance and expand the learning experience in relation to the individual student's interests in public health and 90% of the students completing the core and track course assessments will report that stated course objectives and learner outcomes have been met.
- Provide students diverse opportunities to apply public health knowledge and skills through community service practicum experiences and 90% of the students who graduate from the MPH Program will successfully complete the Applied Learning Experience (ALE I and II) with a B or better grade.
- Prepare students for employment in public health or related fields and 80% of MPH students, seeking to do so, will be employed as public health practitioners or in a related health profession within a year of graduation.
Research Goal Statement: To provide students and faculty the opportunity to participate in public health theory and practice research activities.
Research Objectives: To achieve this program goal, the MPH program will:
- Promote research activities through course work and practicum experiences (Applied Learning Experience Major Project) that will enable students and faculty to address important public health issues and problems with 100% of the MPH students engaging in at least one significant research activity through a course (HEA648) and/or practicum experience (Applied Learning Experience Major Project).
- MPH Faculty will actively engage in scholarship with 80% of the faculty demonstrating evidence of scholarly activities with at least one presentation at a professional conference in a three year period.
- MPH Faculty will actively engage in scholarship with 80% of the faculty demonstrating evidence of scholarly activities through the publication of at least one article in a peer reviewed journal in a three year period.
Service Goal Statement: To involve students and faculty in activities which promote and support service to the university, public health profession and community.
Service Objectives: To achieve this program goal, the MPH program will:
- Involve students in service activities at the program level by having students serve as representatives on MPH standing and ad hoc committees with at least 1-2 MPH students participating with faculty in MPH standing and ad hoc committees during the academic year.
- Respond to community agencies' requests for student and faculty involvement in service projects that focus on providing assistance and solutions to community health problems with student participation of at least one community service activity during the completion of the degree program.
- Provide continuing education and professional development opportunities for public health practitioners with the MPH Program sponsoring at least one public health related conference during the academic year along with additional professional development activities for public health practitioners and other health care professionals.
- Provide students and faculty the opportunity to participate in public health professional organizations. 100% of the MPH faculty and 80% of the MPH students will become and/or maintain their membership in various public health professional organizations.
- Require MPH faculty to actively engage in community service with 100% of the MPH Faculty participating in some form of community service directly related to the MPH Program at the local, state, national and/or international level.