Mission & Values
Through excellence in education, research, and community engagement, the University of Minnesota School of Public Health advances health — from scientific discovery to public impact — by enhancing population health and preventing disease in the United States and globally.
Health is a Human Right
Our commitment to social change is at the heart of what we do. We believe that everyone has the right to live a healthy life. We challenge the assumptions that negative health outcomes are inevitable and we stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable and disenfranchised populations. No profession has more impact on improving lives on a grand scale than public health.
Upstream Action Saves Lives
We know that prevention is the most powerful, proven, and effective way to tackle the world’s health challenges. Medical cures and interventions are essential, but prevention can stop suffering before it starts. We focus on moving research into action to protect populations, influence policies, and create a healthier world.
Different Perspectives Make Us Stronger
We believe diversity in backgrounds, culture, and experience is the source of deep and comprehensive understanding and knowledge. By its nature, public health is broad and wide reaching. Working in partnership with our colleagues, communities, and experts in other fields produces trust, cultural awareness, and a better result…every time.
Our Future Depends On Education
We commit ourselves to developing the next generation of public health leaders by preparing students to be effective researchers, teachers, practitioners, citizens, and health advocates. Our students learn from giants in the field, the people who continue to shape the way public health is practiced around the globe. And we place high priority on sending students off with the same energy and enthusiasm they had when they came to us.
Bigger Imaginations Yield Better Results
We set things in motion through our passion, excitement, and drive to make the world a better place. The freedom to dig deeper and follow our intuition toward greater understanding gives us the space to see things with new eyes and to explore creative solutions.