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Vision, Mission, Goals and Values

Graduates attending the SPH Commencement Ceremony at the University of Maryland

Our Vision

Lead with Maryland and partners across the globe in empowering the next generation of public health professionals and achieving optimal and equitable physical, social, and mental health and well-being for all.


Our Mission

We promote and protect health for all by advancing interdisciplinary education and experience; conducting innovative and impactful research; supporting growth and well-being of faculty, staff, and students; and engaging meaningfully with diverse communities and strategic partners.

Our 2024-2030 Strategic Plan

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. The plan builds upon both the University of Maryland’s Fearlessly Forward strategic plan, adopting the pillars of that plan as they apply to the public health world, and our previous SPH Strategic Plan (2018-2023)Read about the key points of the 2024-2030 Strategic Plan.

Our Goals

  • We reimagine learning, advancing interdisciplinary education and experience
  • We take on humanity’s Grand Challenges, conducting innovative and impactful research
  • We invest in people and communities, supporting growth and well-being of faculty, staff and students
  • We partner to advance the public good, engaging meaningfully with diverse communities and strategic partners

Our Values

SPH’s values are core beliefs that influence how we enact our mission and how we interacts with stakeholders. These values reflect SPH’s commitment to DEIAB, excellence, and leadership in public health, and foster a culture of dedication to improving public health and well-being for all. Our values, in summary:

  • Innovation: We pursue excellence and innovation in our teaching, research, practice, and service.
  • Respect: We act with integrity, respect, and social responsibility in all that we do.
  • DEIAB: We champion diversity, equity, inclusion, antiracism, belonging, and social justice.
  • Lifelong Learning: We optimize lifelong learning to meet current and future public health workforce needs.
  • Meaningful Engagement: We nurture mutually beneficial relationships with diverse communities.
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration: We promote systems thinking and collaboration across disciplines and our various stakeholders.
  • Purposeful Communication: We present and disseminate information accurately and clearly to all audiences and communities.
  • Well-being: We support the well-being of our faculty, staff, and students and provide the resources they need to succeed.
  • Sustainability: We advance equitable sustainability through our education, research, service, and practice.