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Mission & Values

Mission & Values


The UIC School of Public Health is dedicated to excellence in protecting and improving the health and well-being of the people of the metropolitan Chicago area, the State of Illinois and the nation, and of others throughout the world. The School achieves this mission by: educating scientists, professionals and the public; conducting research to develop solutions to public health problems; providing public health service; and formulating public health policy.

We value:

• Unity in economic and cultural diversity
• Academic and practice excellence
• Health equity and social justice
• Community engagement


Ours is community of scholars, students and staff dedicated to creating a healthy society. In achieving this goal, we are committed to:

COMMUNITY the basic unit of analysis for public health, enabling communities to address their own problems, sharing skills, lowering barriers to action, and acting as a catalyst for progress.

KNOWLEDGE the pursuit, development and dissemination of which will improve the health of the public.

PROFESSIONALISM acting with integrity and collegiality in learning, teaching, research and public service.

STEWARDSHIP of natural, human and financial resources.

IDEALISM whether secularly or spiritually motivated.

CARING promoting compassion for and action on behalf of others.

JUSTICE whereby everyone is given access to the resources necessary to live a humane life and to fulfill their full potential.

DIVERSITY celebrating unique contributions to the fabric of our community.

RESPECT for the members of this community and for those whom our efforts are intended to serve.

HUMILITY as we set our goals, as we work together to achieve them, and as we address the inevitable conflicts produced by those joint efforts.

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