About the School of Public Health

About Public Health

A public health degree will prepare you for a rewarding career working to achieve health equity and eliminate health disparities that impact our communities. Becoming a leader in public health will equip you with the knowledge to impact policy and systemic change, develop and evaluate health programs, create accessible wide-scale services and conduct innovative research. Our programs develop public health practitioners at all levels:

  • Government and organizational health leaders
  • Epidemiological scientists
  • Health analysts
  • Health educators
  • Program planners
  • Grant writers
  • Evaluators
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Academic researchers

Vision, Mission, Values, Goals & Strategies

Our History

After recognizing the popularity of the public health undergraduate degree offered in the former Department of Health Ecology, faculty worked to create what is now the School of Public Health. The current school was established by the Board of Regents on September 1, 2004, and seeks to grow the numbers of faculty, graduate students, MPH programs in each of the core areas of public health, and doctoral degrees in selected areas while engaging in cutting-edge research and community service. Since the Master in Public Health (MPH) was first offered in 2000, program graduates have gone on to positions at universities, hospitals, state and county health departments, and into Ph.D. programs and medical school. In June 2011, the MPH programs achieved a major milestone when they were accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

Our Vision

Equitable, healthy and resilient communities.

Our Mission

Develop, disseminate and apply knowledge to protect and promote the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Our Values

  • Promoting health equity
  • Embracing diversity
  • Advancing knowledge
  • Succeeding through collaboration
  • Developing workforce excellence

Our Goals

The goals of the Public Health programs are the following:

  • Develop and advance knowledge for public health through research and practice.
  • Cultivate and prepare a skilled and diverse workforce that can sustain equitable and healthy communities.
  • Prepare students to become public health practitioners, researchers, educators and leaders.
  • Lead innovative approaches to improve public health and reduce health disparities.
  • Engage with diverse communities through professional, educational, and scholarly service.