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Strategic Plan 2024-2030

The University of Maryland School of Public Health (SPH) released The 2024-2030 SPH Strategic Plan builds upon the school’s excellence across diverse public health fields, strong community partnerships, the growth in its student body, and faculty and staff achievements.

Through a set of core objectives, the SPH Strategic Plan aims to move the school closer to its vision of leading with Maryland and partners across the globe to empower the next generation of public health professionals and achieve optimal and equitable physical, social, and mental health and well-being for all.

“We are a school dedicated to the pursuit of better health for all populations, built on bedrock values such as respect, interdisciplinary collaboration, and meaningful engagement,” said SPH Dean Boris Lushniak, M.D., MPH. “With this strategic plan, we have a roadmap to lead innovative public health education, research, and outreach at the pace and in the ways that enable us to reach that vision."

The plan builds upon the University of Maryland’s Fearlessly Forward strategic plan, adopting the pillars of that plan as they apply to the public health world and building on our previous SPH strategic plan (2018-2023). Specifically, the plan focuses on:

  • PILLAR 1: WE REIMAGINE LEARNING: SPH is committed to further innovating scholarship and learning practices and experiential opportunities by being at the forefront of education concepts and preparing our students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences they need to be leaders in public health.
  • PILLAR 2: WE TAKE ON HUMANITY’S GRAND CHALLENGES: SPH tackles humanity’s public health challenges headon, spearheading impactful research and dissemination initiatives that pave the way for transformative solutions with local, national, and global impact.
  • PILLAR 3: WE INVEST IN PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES: SPH supports and champions our faculty, staff, and students, recognizing that a diverse and empowered school community is essential for advancing better health for all populations on a meaningful scale.
  • PILLAR 4: WE PARTNER TO ADVANCE THE PUBLIC GOOD: SPH fosters meaningful local and global public and private partnerships and actively engages faculty, staff, and students in supporting their communities, using and enhancing skills in leadership and entrepreneurship, and building lasting solutions that promote health and transcend disciplinary and geographic boundaries.

For each pillar, we’ve developed specific objectives and initiatives to reach our goal, with potential metrics to evaluate success. We encourage you to read our plan in full, and to work with us to make our vision a reality. “We reached far beyond our hallways to weave together this plan, which includes the combined perspectives of students; staff members; faculty; alumni; academic, public health, and private sector colleagues; and community partners in Maryland, the region, and beyond. We thank you all.” – Dean Boris Lushniak, M.D., MPH.