Mission, Vision, & Values

Our Mission

Improve population health by advancing science and training tomorrow’s leaders

The School’s mission is based upon its commitment to serve the community, the nation, and the world by training future public health leaders and discovering and communicating innovative approaches to addressing public health challenges. Our commitment extends to enhancing population health and overall well-being by working with the broader public health community to:

• Advance knowledge on population health through an understanding of risk and protective factors throughout the human lifespan

• Develop evidence about effective medical and public health interventions

• Evaluate and disseminate strategies to encourage healthy behaviors

• Improve health care by identifying effective policies and practices

Our Vision

Impact urgent health challenges and improve health equity

Our commitment to impact urgent health challenges and improve health equity is fueled by our awareness of critical challenges we face as a society, the potential to improve well-being dramatically,  and a sense of obligation to address known disparities. The collective experience and expertise within the School guides our vision for the future and the work we are going to undertake over the next five years

Our Values

Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion, Collaboration, Innovation, Community Focus

Our values are the fundamental beliefs that guide our enduring attitudes and actions. These values are critical to preserving and enhancing the health and well-being of humanity.

Excellence – We are committed to the highest levels of excellence in research, education, and service to the community.

Diversity and Inclusion – Because public health by definition concerns a diverse population, the School will continually strive to find new ways to advance diversity and inclusion in a manner that serves every member of the School and the communities with which faculty, students, staff, and alumni work.

Collaboration – We foster collaboration among the School’s disciplines and among its partners across the University, Rhode Island, the United States, and around the world to benefit the creation and application of knowledge.

Innovation – We stimulate innovation, creativity, and self-reflection in carrying out our mission.

Community Focus – We embrace our community partners and support their needs and objectives through high-impact, respectful engagement and ethical conduct.