MPH Program Mission


To train future public health professionals to be innovative and effective leaders dedicated to improving public health and advancing health equity


A future in which communities attain the highest possible level of health and well-being and achieve health equity across all populations


The MPH Program is governed by the following values:

  • Achievement – Commitment to ensuring distinction in learning, research and scholarly pursuits by training students to be competent public health practitioners who effectively contribute to promoting, preserving, and restoring health in the communities they serve.
  • Collaboration – Emphasis on fostering collegiality and cooperation to advance learning and inquiry through strong ties with diverse University researchers, state and local public health agencies, and private organizations.
  • Innovation – Dedication to cultivating interdisciplinary, translational research to bring novel and best practices to population-based settings.
  • Service – A commitment to the application of learning and discovery to improve the human condition and support the public good, with an emphasis on understanding and working to meet the needs of underserved populations and a dedication to addressing inequities wherever they exist.
  • Diversity – Ensuring a climate of trust, honesty, and integrity in which all people are valued and differences are recognized as an asset, through the composition of the Program faculty and staff, a student body with varying backgrounds and interests, and sustained links with diverse University and community public health researchers and practitioners.
  • Integrity – Adherence to the highest standards of honesty, respect, and professional and scholarly ethics.

Goals and Objectives

As part of its internal assessment and to meet accreditation standards for both VCU and the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the VCU MPH program conducts ongoing review each academic year of a number of objectives.

The MPH Assessment Committee is the primary body involved with the internal assessment process. Outcomes each year are reported, as appropriate, through VCU to the Provost’s Office and via annual reports to CEPH and in the program self-study report to CEPH as part of the re-accreditation process.

Complete list of MPH goals and objectives