Public Health Department Vision for the Future

VISION

To be a major leader in academic public health, community service, and the conduct of research relevant to advancing the ideal of healthy people in healthy communities.

Mission

To advance the state of public health practice and to promote and protect the health of the public. The mission is executed by involving faculty, students, health professionals, officials and the public in appropriate instruction, community service and research.

Philosophy

The discipline of public health addresses individual well-being as a function of its direct concern for aggregate health status. The public health professional can have a major impact on health status through the employment of intervention strategies at various levels of prevention used to bring about planned change in each of these areas. To enhance the probability of success in their work, public health professionals should have essential disciplinary skills of comprehension, analysis, and practice. The Department of Public Health has a responsibility to structure its program and create an overall learning experience in which requisite conceptual base and skills can be developed.