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Public Health

Mission, Goals, Objective and Values

Mission Statement
Goals
Objectives
Values

Mission Statement

The mission of the Graduate Programs in Public Health at the University of New England is to improve the health and promote the well being of individuals, families and communities through education, research and service.

Goals

Educational

  1. Provide students with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for individuals engaged in professions related to public health.
  2. Provide a program that is based on the attainment of defined student competencies.
  3. Provide a public health education for professionals active in the area of health.
  4. Provide a program to upgrade the skills and competencies of current public health professionals.
  5. Provide a program that is convenient in its delivery and accessibility, regardless of where students live or work.
  6. Provide faculty development activities.

Research

  1. Implement a public health research program commensurate with faculty interest and program areas of concentration.
  2. Provide students with research learning opportunities that allow for meaningful participation in the generation of new knowledge in the program's areas of interest – including rural delivery systems, health disparities, chronic disease prevention and environmental health.

Service

  1. Provide opportunities for students to perform community service with public health focus.
  2. Encourage faculty members to share their expertise in service activities as public health professionals.

Workforce Development

  1. Monitor and address the public health related workforce development needs and potential solutions.
  2. Collaborate with Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Geriatric Education Center (GEC) and the Health Literacy Institute.

Program Development

  1. Recruit and select students with diversity in ethnicity, race, age, gender, experience and personal goals for the program, and who meet or exceed the academic requirements for the program.

Objectives

The MPH program has the following objectives in support of its goals.

Educational Goals

  1. Provide students with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for individuals engaged in professions related to public health.
  • Objective 1A: Increase the number of students who will graduate within the expected time period.
  • Objective 1B: Increase the number of students (graduated with MPH degree) who will be employed in public health positions.
  1. Provide a program that is based on the attainment of defined student competencies.
  • Objective 2A: Each course will meet appropriate competencies.
  • Objective 2B: Assess and update courses annually by faculty.
  • Objective 2C: Require students to complete a practicum that reflects integration of core competencies.
  1. Provide a public health education for professionals active in the area of health.
  • Objective 3A: Increase annually the number of professionals in the health field obtaining a degree in public health.
  • Objective 3B: Add new dual degree programs to the MPH program by 2014.
  1. Provide a program to upgrade the skills and competencies of current public health professionals.
  • Objective 4A: Increase the number of students who are enrolled in the program and are working in public health.
  1. Provide a program that is convenient in its delivery and accessibility, regardless of where students live or work.
  • Objective 5A: Offer an MPH degree exclusively online.
  1. Provide faculty development activities.
  • Objective 6A: Require faculty participation in best practice teaching and learning for online programs.

Research Goals

  1. Implement a public health research program commensurate with faculty interest and program areas of concentration.
  • Objective 1A: Increase faculty involvement in research and/or scholarship.
  • Objective 1B: Increase number of proposals developed and submitted by faculty.
  • Objective 1C: Encourage collaborative research across the university.
  1. Provide students with research learning opportunities that allow for meaningful participation in the generation of new knowledge in the program's areas of interest – including rural delivery systems, health disparities, chronic disease prevention and environmental health.
  • Objective 2A: Compile and disseminate opportunities for students to engage in research.
  • Objective 2B: Encourage one or more students to participate in research projects, yearly.

Service Goals

  1. Provide opportunities for students to perform community service with public health focus.
  • Objective 1A: List and distribute electronically all opportunities for students to be involved in service.
  • Objective 1B: Increase ongoing service opportunities for students.
  1. Encourage faculty members to share their expertise in service activities as public health professionals.
  • Objective 2A: Encourage all faculty to participate in service with one or more public health agency or organization at the local, state or national level, yearly.

Workforce Development Goals

  1. Monitor and address the public health related workforce development needs and potential solutions.
  • Objective 1A: Promote UNE MPH faculty participation in at least one workforce development initiative, annually.
  • Objective 1B: Monitor public health workforce issues in the state, nation and globally, and update curriculum yearly in response to those issues.
  • Objective 1C: Offer yearly workshops, lectures or seminars with partners that address one or more public health workforce needs.
  1. Collaborate with Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Geriatric Education Center (GEC) and the Health Literacy Institute.
  • Objective 2A: Increase collaboration with AHEC, GEC, and the Health Literacy Institute through monthly meetings.

Program Development Goals

  1. Recruit and select students with diversity in ethnicity, race, age, gender, experience and personal goals for the program, and who meet or exceed the academic requirements for the program.
  • Objective 1A: Annually implement strategies to recruit a diverse and academically qualified student body.

Values

The core values of the GPPH are:

  • Compassion
  • Critical Thinking
  • Diversity
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Participation
  • Collaboration
  • Professionalism
  • Social and Environmental Justice

The core values were adapted in 2009 by the faculty and students and are aligned with the values of the University put forth in the UNE Strategic Plan. The values reflect the program's mission and goals. Faculty, staff and students have been actively involved in the development of the mission, goals and values. Each one of the proffered values has been embedded in one or more objectives.

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