Wayne State University

Aim Higher

School of Medicine

Mission, Values and Goals

Our Mission

The MPH Program at WSU educates and engages students in theory, practice and interdisciplinary research focused on understanding and improving the public health of urban and underserved communities on a local, national and global scale.

Our Core Values:

  • Respect: Treat everyone with dignity, respect and compassion, as each individual is unique and we are all interdependent.
  • Responsibility: Promote accountability to each other, our students, university and communities.
  • Integrity: Embody honesty and uphold high ethical standards in all that we do individually and collectively.
  • Innovation: Encourage creativity, tolerance for calculated risk taking, and cross-disciplinary collaboration for innovative thinking and effective problem solving.
  • Social Justice: Advance just and equitable systems to protect the rights of all communities.
  • Excellence: Produce high quality work in education, research, and community service.

Our Goals

The three major functions of the MPH Program are instruction, research and service.  Six goals address how the program will attain its mission.

Instructional Goals:

  • Students: Recruit and retain high caliber students with diverse educational and experiential backgrounds.
  • Curriculum responsive to the changing health needs of urban societies.
  • Graduates: Ensure graduates are fully prepared to contribute to public health practice and research, and to assume leadership roles.

Research Goal

  • Faculty: Engage faculty and public health practitioners in developing and sustaining a program of public health research.

Service Goal

  • Community: Partner with community members to improve the health and well-being of populations and to promote life-long learning.

Resources Goal

  • Ensure resources necessary to support a quality program.