The mission of the UWF Master of Public Health program is to empower a generation of public health professionals with skills, knowledge and competencies to contribute creatively and ethically to education, research and service to promote public health and disease prevention. The program fosters the spirit of community engagement through education, service, and community-based participatory research.
The values for the MPH program evolved from the University’s values and those adopted by the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences (approved by the SAHLS Advisory Committee in 2002-2003; and reapproved by the MPH Steering Committee which assumed direct responsibility of the MPH program oversight after 2005:
These values are made available to faculty, staff, and students on the SAHLS website.
All faculty teaching in the MPH program are expected to employ these values in their teaching, research and service. These values are reinforced during routine interaction with administration, students, faculty, and adjuncts teaching in the MPH program. In addition, these values are integrated throughout the fabric of the MPH Program’s teaching research, and service.
This mission is fostered in an environment that provides quality academic education and structured professional experiences to emphasize engagement in community service and the generation, dissemination and integration of scientific knowledge into public health practice. The following goals and objectives provide the framework for achieving this mission by emphasizing the recruitment of a committed pool of MPH candidates to a learning environment that supports diversity and individual potential, with: service aligned to community needs, teaching responsive to continuous quality improvement, research activities engaging both faculty and students.
Goal #1: Education: Educate and train future generations of public health professionals equipped with knowledge, competencies, and skills to address the health challenges of the 21st century and beyond.
Goal #2: Research: Promote faculty, student, and community engagement in public health research to improve and sustain health locally, nationally, and globally.
Goal #3: Service: Promote a culture of engagement to serve Northwest Florida and beyond through outreach, education, and community connections.
Goal #4: Faculty and Staff: Recruit, retain and support faculty and staff in an environment that emphasizes professional development and excellence in scholarly and teaching endeavors.
Goal #5: Diversity: Provide and promote an environment that emphasizes diversity and individual potential among student, faculty and staff.