History & Mission

Strategic Plan


Informed, empowered and healthy populations.


Through excellence in research, education and practice, the University of Pittsburgh School of Public Health generates knowledge, trains public health professionals and partners with communities locally and globally to promote health, prevent disease and achieve health equity. 


  • Action: improve the health and well-being of local, regional, national and global populations
  • Curiosity: nurture creativity, rigor, critical thinking and scientific discovery
  • Integrity: commit to the highest standards of ethics and fairness
  • Collaboration: support partnerships within our school and with external stakeholder communities
  • Diversity: embrace a diversity of experiences/identities and champion social justice
  • Empowerment: dynamically engage in the field of public health and serve as allies to historically marginalized individuals and communities
  • Transparency: promote open dialogue and discussion


  1. Conduct pioneering and high-quality research that addresses complex current and emerging public health issues.
  2. Provide high-quality, inclusive, supportive, and progressive learning environments to prepare and inspire future public health leaders.
  3. Promote action and equitable public health through practice, policy, advocacy, and professional engagement.
  4. Create sustainable pathways and a school climate for diverse faculty, staff and students to safely flourish and advance in public health.
Goal 1 Aims
  • Expand interprofessional public health research efforts. 
  • Conduct innovative and action-oriented research. 
  • Translate research findings into practical programs and policies. 
  • Disseminate research findings to regional and global stakeholders. 
  • Prepare the next generation of leaders in public health research. 
Goal 2 Aims
  • Enhance financial resources to recruit, admit and graduate a talented and diverse student community.
  • Invest in and encourage faculty development to promote and recognize teaching excellence.
  • Provide high quality educational infrastructure and pedagogical instruction.
  • Nurture student professional development through experiential learning.
Goal 3 Aims
  • Maintain and expand strong partnerships with health systems, public health agencies, community organizations and professional organizations.
  • Support participation of faculty, staff and students in practice-based scholarly research and service.
  • Promote data-driven practice and policy to improve population health and health equity.
  • Increase general public’s awareness of public health issues.
Goal 4 Aims
  • Create sustainable pathways and a school climate for diverse faculty, staff, and students to safely flourish and advance in public health.
  • Advance diversity in course instruction and co-curricular offerings addressing social, structural, and systemic determinants of health, health equity and cultural competency.
  • Enhance translational and intersectional research collaborations to reduce health disparities and advance health equity.
  • Increase faculty, staff, and student representation from priority populations.