Vision, Mission, Goals and Values


The Syracuse University public health programs’ vision is to have a transformational impact on the health and well-being of communities in Central New York and beyond.


Our mission is to improve the health for all people through scholarship, education, and service; thereby creating exceptional leaders who will impact public health, promote individual and community well-being, and effect change among local, national, and global communities.


The programs’ goals to accomplish our mission:

  • Create opportunities for faculty and students to advance health equity through public health.
  • Provide a high-quality curriculum grounded in social justice and excellence in teaching.
  • Advance the science and practice of public health through scholarly pursuits.
  • Support community well-being through public health practice.


Community – We recognize that we are a part of multiple communities, and have a responsibility to be engaged in a respectful and positive way with our civic partners.

Diversity and Inclusion – We welcome, encourage, and respect diverse voices, experiences, perspectives, and approaches in our work together.

Integrity – We aspire to high standards of excellence, professional ethics, and personal integrity in all that we do.

Health Equity – We strive to eliminate health inequities through the work we do in our research, teaching, community engagement, and advocacy.

Shared and Equitable Responsibility – We recognize our individual responsibilities to the mission of our public health program and to the values that sustain it. We will each strive to contribute our fair share to the activities of the program.

Transparency of Communications – We recognize the diverse information needs of our stakeholder groups and strive to report and share information as appropriate.

Continuous Improvement – We aim to establish a culture of continuous quality improvement in our public health program, a culture in which quality improvement is part of our day-to-day work, assessment work is regularly conducted, data sought is actionable, and staff and faculty are empowered to make change.