Mission & Values
The mission of the Master of Public Health Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore is to advance the health of diverse populations in Maryland and elsewhere by providing graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to:
investigate the causes, prevention, and treatment of health problems;
integrate public health practice into their professional lives;
develop collaborative public health initiatives in teaching, research, and service; and
serve as public health leaders at the community, state, and national levels.
The MPH Program values the improvement of the health status of populations and reduction of health disparities along the continuum of health care, from outreach to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care. These values are operationalized in interdisciplinary research and service activities across the professional schools at UMB that address the root causes of health disparities.
The MPH curriculum incorporates the following core public health values, which are operationalized in case studies, assignments,and class discussions presented in the core courses, the epidemiology and community & population health concentration core courses, and the capstone project:
Social justice, cultural diversity, and the elimination of health disparities.
Quality and integrity of teaching, research, and service.
Lifelong learning of public health professionals.
Service to communities, non-profit organizations, governmental and international agencies, industries, healthcare systems, and other constituencies.
Community engagement to build public trust and address some of the historical challenges which prevent the development of academic-community partnerships.
Multidisciplinary approaches to public health problems which use strategies that are ethical, population focused, and culturally appropriate.
Integration of public health practice into health and human services professional activities.
Respect for all individuals and the communities in which they live.