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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.

PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM MISSION AND VISION

Mission
To prepare students for careers in public health practice through which they will advance societal and environmental conditions to promote health and to eliminate racism and inequities. To conduct research and provide community service that has a meaningful impact in making our host communities of Chinatown and the greater Boston Metro area healthier and more equitable places. To support our partner institutions and host communities in public health education, research, and service locally and globally.

Vision
The Tufts Public Health Program seeks a world where all people live in conditions that allow them to achieve their highest attainable level of health, are supported by equitable political, economic and social systems, and have access to integrated, effective, high quality public health and health care services.

TUFTS VALUES

Diversity and Inclusion

We seek to promote respect and understanding for differences through the composition of our faculty, staff, and student body; our curriculum; and through the establishment of a welcoming and inclusive institutional environment.

Equity and Justice

We are committed to using the tools of public health to address health inequities so that all members of society have an equal opportunity for health and wellbeing. We advocate and work with our community against all inequitable systems of hierarchy and their intersections. We believe that working towards equity requires an actively anti-racist stance both in the United States and across the globe.

Collaborative Partnerships and Community Building

Our teaching, research, and service include a strong commitment to our immediate neighborhood, Boston’s Chinatown and to the greater Metro Boston area. We strive to give our students the capacity to collaborate on multidisciplinary and multicultural teams of professionals and community members.

Academic Rigor and Scientific Integrity

Through the education we provide, we seek to instill in our students a deep understanding of the complexity and global reach of public health challenges and the importance of evidence in addressing them. Through active learning, discussion, and debate, as well as through our public health research and practice, the program seeks to foster in our students and faculty: 1) the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent disease and injury, promote health, and protect populations from harm; and 2) critical thinking skills that will enhance a lifetime of learning. We expect the highest ethical standards of all members of our community both in their research and practice.

Cultural Humility

We seek to enhance our students’ understanding of their own culture and how it relates with others and to advance their capacity as public health professionals to work in the increasingly diverse communities throughout Massachusetts, our nation, and the world.

Action

Public health professionals must learn how to take action to effect change at many levels of our society, including within our professions, institutions, public policies, and politics. Change, to improve the human condition and to prevent future disease, requires both applied practice skills in community, agency, and political settings as well as a continuing search for new knowledge and new methods.

Sustainability

We recognize that the health of human populations is dependent on the health of the planet, and that a commitment to human health must include a commitment to the sustainable use of resources, equitable economic systems, and the preservation of the natural environment. We encourage our students to be efficient and effective in applying public health resources to areas of greatest need.