Public Health Program: Core Values of The Public Health Program.
The following core values enlighten the institutional environment and guide us in the fulfillment of our mission and goals:
- Evidence-based public health
- Population perspective
- Community empowerment
- Balance in competing priorities
We value honest, ethical, and transparent practices and determine to have integrity in everything that we do.
We value the protection of the individual and collective rights, and promote the respect for social and cultural differences that distinguish human beings, as fundamental aspects of those rights and respect them as essential to achieving “Health for all”.
We value diverse perspectives and the unique contributions that result from diversity, and promote caring, support, confidence, compassion, camaraderie and a “can do” attitude.
We highly value the use of our health expertise and academic abilities, capabilities and resources in service to our students and the whole community.
We value evidence as a sound basis for the development, implementation, and evaluation of effective programs and policies in public health. This evidence base is accomplished through the application of the principles of scientific reasoning, including systematic use of data and information systems, behavioral science theory and program planning models to build effective public health programs and policies.
We value integrating a population perspective into all our research, service and teaching; the collective or “public good” is takes priority over the individual good.
We value community empowerment, which enables communities to increase control over their lives in their understanding of health and ability to protect their health and seek appropriate care.
In Public Health there are many competing “goods”. We value the careful assessment of these competing goods and strive to balance the alternatives to derive the most good for the most people.