Vision, Mission and Goals


Grow the SUNY Downstate School of Public Health into a nationally recognized School of Public Health that is known for:

  • advancing Global Health
  • creating innovative models to empower communities to address health disparities
  • fostering the development of new knowledge and public health practices
  • leadership in Urban and Immigrant Health
  • promoting health equity
  • training diverse public health professionals


The mission of the SUNY Downstate School of Public Health is to advance public health knowledge, promote health and well-being, and prevent disease and disability within communities, particularly in urban and immigrant ones. Such actions are accomplished through excellence in the education of public health professionals, scientific investigation of public health issues, and service to communities through collaborative partnerships.



  • To provide an academic environment for public health education, research, and practice in an urban setting with an emphasis on urban and immigrant health.
  • To educate individuals through an academic program that prepares graduates to identify, address, and resolve public health issues and manage public health programs in different settings, especially urban environments with diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic groups.


  • To advance public health knowledge through scientific investigation of health and disease, with a focus on urban and immigrant health issues.
  • To disseminate and interpret research results to professionals, patients, individuals and their families, and the public.


  • To advance the health of underserved communities, both locally and globally, through collaborative public health approaches to health promotion and disease prevention and intervention.

Professional Public Health Values

  1. Advancement of public health knowledge
  2. Promotion of health and well-being
  3. Prevention of disease and disability
  4. Reduction of premature mortality
  5. Health Equity
  6. Academic excellence in the education of public health professionals
  7. Academic integrity
  8. Grounded scientific research in public health problems
  9. Partnerships with local and regional community organizations to effect health promotion and disease prevention
  10. Provision of service to local and regional populations and communities to improve health and prevent disease and disability
  11. Protection of, and respect for participants involved in public health research, for example: conducting research with ‘informed consent’ per National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines
  12. Compliance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines
  13. Medical and Public Health Ethics
  14. Diversity of the Student Body
  15. Diversity of the Faculty and Staff
  16. Community Service
  17. Faculty Participation in School Governance
  18. Student Participation in School Governance

Public Health Competencies

Competencies have been developed for each Master of Public Health & Doctor of Public Health discipline and integrated into the Master of Public Health & Doctor of Public Health curricula:

Click here for a detailed listing of the competencies (PDF)