Mission, Vision, Values

The Mission of the School of Public Health

The mission of the School of Public Health is to provide quality education, research, service, and leadership to improve public health and eliminate health disparities, through a unique partnership between the University at Albany and the New York State Department of Health.

The Vision & Themes of the School of Public Health

To serve as leaders in designing solutions and developing models which address current and emerging public health challenges through the creation of collaborative research, education, and practice activities that build on the unique partnership between the University at Albany and the NYSDOH.

When the University at Albany School of Public Health was founded in 1985, a unique structural partnership was formed between the University at Albany and the NYS Department of Health, two large state agencies with a shared vision for integrating academics, research and practice to train future public health leaders. The existence of this partnership provides the foundation for the successful attainment of our vision and it allows for the development of creative collaborations that integrate basic and applied research, public health practice, quality education, and training.

The School will work toward this vision by emphasizing the following themes:

  • Fostering creative interdisciplinary research collaborations and partnerships to address emerging public health problems
  • Promoting excellence in education and training by integrating academics with extraordinary practice opportunities
  • Promoting participatory community-based approaches to the prevention of chronic illness across the life course
  • Improving health care services and outcomes throughout the state
  • Enhancing the capacity of current public health professionals and infrastructure to respond to public health challenges through specialized training and educational opportunities designed to address the evolving needs of the public health system
  • Promoting the importance of the basic sciences in developing solutions to emerging public health problems, through the research conducted at the Cancer Research Center and at the Wadsworth Center, NYS Department of Health
  • Training and empowering public health leaders throughout the region to more effectively direct the work of public health practice

The Values of the School of Public Health

The University at Albany School of Public Health embraces the core strategic values that have been identified by the University at Albany: Engaged Learning; Discovery; Societal Responsibility; Technological Innovation; and Distinctiveness. A continued focus on these strategic values enables the School to fulfill its stated mission of providing quality education, research, service and leadership aimed at improving public health and eliminating health disparities locally, nationally and globally.

SPH Strategic Values

Engaged Learning – The School of Public Health is dedicated to offering excellent academic and professional public health education through a unique partnership model that employs a core of full-time University faculty, supported by a significant number of part-time faculty drawn from the New York State Department of Health, as well as adjunct faculty from the Albany Medical College, other professional schools, and health-related agencies throughout the region. This model provides our students with unparalleled opportunities for real world learning in the classroom and through internships and research assistantships, working under the close supervision of some of the top public health researchers and policy-makers in the nation.

Discovery – The School of Public Health is dedicated to the principle that learning and teaching are informed by the scientific basis of public health. Our students are challenged to master research skills and methods that will enable them not only to conduct sound and ethical research but also to evaluate the research of others and to use research to inform practice. Our faculty continues to build our research portfolio and to make significant contributions to the body of public health knowledge.

Societal Responsibility – The School of Public Health is committed to the public health value of improving the health of our communities at the local, national and global levels. We seek out service opportunities, collaborations with external partners, including community-based organizations and local health departments, and opportunities for community-based participatory research that enable the School to be responsive to the needs of those we serve. We are an academic community committed to the ideals of justice and ethical behavior. We fully embrace diversity in our academic community and in society, and affirm that diversity adds significantly to our cultural competency and our understanding of public health.

Technological Innovation – The School of Public Health is committed to ensuring that faculty, staff and students continue to have access to state-of-the-art public health research laboratories and teaching technologies that enhance the learning and research environment for students and faculty. Since the last accreditation review several technologic improvements directly aimed at improving the learning environment have been made.

Distinctiveness – The School of Public Health is dedicated to excellence through the continued development of a professional school that is distinctive within the State University System, within the northeast region, and among other schools of public health. The unique partnership model that is at the heart of this will continue to be nurtured and strengthened.