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Mission & Values

A Better Future for All People

While each of our programs is different, they are connected by a desire to prepare students to do work that makes the world a better place, and moves the discipline of public health forward.


Intellectual Curiosity

As public health practitioners, our goal is to eliminate health inequities, reduce the burden of disease and injury, promote mental and physical health, and to prevent global threats to the environment. We aim to effect change in our professions, institutions, public policies, and politics. This requires a never-ending search for knowledge in our professional and personal lives.

Teaching and Learning

Through critical examination and lively debate, we arm you with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent disease and injury, promote health, and protect populations from harm. We seek to give you an understanding of research methods, critical thinking skills to evaluate the literature, and the capacity to collaborate with a multidisciplinary group of practitioners, public health agency personnel, academic professionals, and community members.


Our University vision states that we should improve the human condition and quality of life in a just and equitable manner, while living within the limits of local and global ecosystems. Our faculty prepares you to advance the cause of social justice by encouraging you develop the will and the courage to accomplish to public health goals and giving you the tools necessary for social change.


We celebrate diversity and seek to promote respect and understanding through the composition of our faculty, staff and student body. Our curriculum and our community demonstrates our commitment to this cause—we give you the public health tools to address health inequities so that all members of society have an equal opportunity for health and well-being.

Global Orientation

By instilling an understanding of the global reach of public health challenges, we improve your capacity to work across boundaries with respect and understanding of cultural differences in communities throughout Massachusetts, our nation, and the world.

Responsible Stewardship

As part of a commitment to equity and the need to make the best use of limited resources towards improving health, we encourage you to devote your attention to responsible stewardship. The health of human populations is dependent on the health of the planet, so our commitment to human health must include the sustainable use of resources and the preservation of the natural environment.


Public Health Program

Our mission is to prepare students for careers in public health practice through which they will advance societal and environmental conditions that allow all members of society to enjoy the highest attainable standard of health.