Mission, Vision, Values, & Goals

The University of Pennsylvania Master of Public Health program (MPH) aims to provide a focal point for enhancing collaborations in public health research, teaching and service campus wide. Penn’s curriculum enables students to develop skills and competencies that are responsive to the changing public health environment and that complement their training and experience in related fields.


The University of Pennsylvania MPH program leverages the University’s interdisciplinary resources to prepare the next generation of public health leaders and innovators to promote the health of populations locally, nationally, and globally.


Establish healthy practices, places, and populations through inter-professional collaboration, exemplary education, research, and community engagement


The MPH program’s values are consistent with the University’s commitment to promote faculty, students, and staff to achieve worldwide distinction via groundbreaking research, exceptional scholarship, and collaborative engagements locally, nationally, and globally.

  • The MPH program is committed to creating a community of diverse students, scholars, and staff dedicated to promoting health for all populations.
  • The Penn MPH program respects self-determination, empowerment, and community participation in collaborative, multi-disciplinary efforts to promote health equity as a public good.
  • The Penn MPH program promotes the integration of knowledge into evidence-based public health programs and policies.
  • The Penn MPH program believes that health is a human right.


The overall goals of the MPH program are to:

  • Train and support future public health leaders
  • Provide high quality, evidence-based classroom instruction
  • Recruit and retain a talented and diverse student body
  • Disseminate key findings from public health research and practice
  • Cultivate a unique interdisciplinary program that engages public health partners within and outside of Penn
  • Serve the local Philadelphia community
  • Support workforce and professional development