Program Vision, Mission and Goals


To improve the health of the public by promoting the fundamental human right to be free from needless pain.


To champion an interprofessional educational program that addresses the multidimensional public health burden of pain by preparing diverse learners to contribute with expertise and compassion to pain research, education and policy.



  • The program teaches students state-of-the-art methods for assessing the severity and impact of pain in individuals, the burden of suffering in populations, and the effectiveness of therapies for acute, chronic and cancer-related pain and their consequences.
  • Students also study methods for evaluating how cultural, social, and economic factors affect pain, its sequelae and its treatment and work closely with faculty on ongoing research activities and may develop their own independent research projects.


  • The program provides an extensive knowledge base regarding all aspects of pain and its treatment, including basic science, and the clinical, psychosocial, economic and political implications of pain.
  • Program graduates become skillful educators, able to expertly communicate with patients, families, health professionals, and the general public on a wide variety of pain topics, as well as the capacity to be champions for new ways to approach pain.


  • The program equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to become effective agents for change by collaborating with and empowering members of the pain community.
  • With a strong public health orientation, graduates earn the authority and credentials necessary to influence and craft policy at the organizational, state, and federal levels.