Our Vision & Mission
Did You Know?
Ancel Keys, one of our pioneer faculty members, defined the relationship between the fat composition of diet and serum cholesterol levels. Keys landed on the Jan. 13, 1961, cover of Time magazine.
The University requires that all deans receive a “360″ review of their performance after every 36 months of service. School of Public Health Dean John Finnegan has made his 2009-2012 review available to the public.
The School of Public Health envisions a world that cherishes and secures health and well-being as the right, possession and responsibility of all. The school commits to this vision daily as one of the world’s leaders in public health research, education and outreach on behalf of these common goals. It unites globally and locally with people, communities and institutions that share and advance the values of progress in the growth of human potential and achievement.
Public health is at the intersection of society and the health sciences. Biology, the environment, populations and human systems cross over to shape disease and health. Our school advances excellence in research, education and outreach for the protection, restoration and promotion of health, well-being, security and safety. As a public health leader, the only such academic institution in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas, and also due to its obligations in a land-grant university, the school bears unique responsibility for:
- Bridges biology, the physical environment, social, political, cultural and economic factors to discover, understand and improve the health of populations, communities and societies;
- Advances statistical and other methods of scientific inquiry;
- Analyzes social factors, financing systems, organizational structures and processes, health technologies, and policies that affect access to health care, its quality and cost, and public health infrastructure;
- Applies principles of preparedness and protection to public health practice;
- Evaluates effective methods of learning and disseminating evidence-based practice to health professionals, community leaders and the public.
- Inspires students to reflect upon public health values as essential to human growth, security and progress;
- Instills values of life-long learning, inquiry and public service;
- Prepares the next generation of public health professionals, scientists and leaders in the competencies of their disciplines and the values, norms and culture of their career choices;
- Provides learning opportunities to students across the health sciences in public health disciplines, competencies and skills important to their professions;
- Teaches methods of scientific and critical discovery, inquiry, and innovation and their application in public health settings;
- Affords students diverse learning opportunities, excellence in instructional design and technology, and values student collaboration in curriculum development and quality assurance.
- Engages communities, leaders, professionals and other stakeholders within and beyond the university as partners in the mission of public health;
- Creates opportunities for the continuous education and life-long learning of public health and health professional work forces;
- Acts as a public forum for open and free exchange of ideas about challenging public health issues; and
- Communicates effective evidence-based practice, strategies and knowledge to health professionals, policymakers, and the public;
- Fosters collaborative leadership through a network of academic and practice partnerships.