The MPH Program mission is to train students in order to equip them with foundational and dynamic public health knowledge and skills for serving health needs of populations to improve the public’s health.


The MPH Program vision is to improve the health of all people in the Hampton Roads area, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the World.


  • We believe that students are our first priority.
  • We believe that critical application of learning is a lifelong commitment.
  • We believe in providing students with the tools for understanding and evaluating ethical conflicts in medicine and public health and in nurturing their individual development as ethical practitioners.
  • We believe that the health of individuals and populations can be improved through application of the principles of disease and injury prevention and health promotion.
  • We believe that individuals who have skills and knowledge in the basic principles of public health can contribute to and provide leadership for the improvement of the public’s health.
  • We believe that partnerships between the academic community and practicing public health professionals can enhance the education of students and the practice of public health.
  • We believe that public health research should be based upon sound scientific principles and should meet identified needs of the community.
  • We believe in being honest, fair and ethical in all that we do, including recruiting students, faculty and staff, and in teaching, research and service.
  • We recognize and respect the diversity of individuals, both in their backgrounds and their needs.
  • We believe in being accountable to the constituencies that support our program: Students, alumni, community partners, faculty and staff, institutional administration and funding agencies.

Goals and Objectives

  • To provide instructional programs to students that enhance their ability to develop, promote and strengthen public health practices.
  • To ensure that MPH Program graduates can demonstrate knowledge and skill across foundational and track-specific areas of public health.
  • To prepare students to practice successfully in diverse health service, academic, or research settings.
  • To develop and participate in research that adds value to the practice of improving public health.
  • To provide expertise in leadership and services to public health agencies for the purpose of enhancing public health practice on a local, regional, and national basis.