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To advance health and wellbeing and prevent disease throughout New Jersey, the United States, and the world, by preparing students as public health leaders, scholars, and practitioners; conducting public health research and scholarship; engaging collaboratively with communities and populations; and actively advocating for policies, programs, and services through the lens of equity and social justice.


A world in which all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential in terms of health and wellbeing and where solutions to public health challenges are rooted in population and individual strengths based on a commitment to equity and social justice.


Through the achievement of the goals and objectives outlined in this five-year strategic plan, the Rutgers School of Public Health aspires to be recognized as one of the nation’s top 20 ranked schools and an emerging global leader in addressing 21st century public health challenges.

  1. Excellence in Education

    Prepare public health leaders, practitioners, and researchers using modern pedagogical approaches to promote health in diverse communities and populations
  2. Impactful Scholarship

    Advance public health science by growing the School’s capacity to conduct and disseminate outstanding, collaborative relevant research
  3. Commitment to Community Engagement

    Build and sustain partnerships with communities and populations in all aspects of the School’s work


Productive and mutually beneficial partnerships within our School, across Rutgers University, and with government, businesses, non-profit organizations, foundations, and individuals in the populations we serve

State-of-the-art thinking, innovation, and discovery that improves public health approaches in the 21st century

Celebration of background, experience, and identity among our students, faculty, staff, and the populations we serve

Authentic partnerships with the communities and populations we serve

Research, education, and community engagement that invoke the democratic process, equal opportunity, and social justice

Incorporation of all voices and perspectives in all aspects of the School’s endeavors

Ethical behavior, honesty, fairness, responsibility, and accountability

Metrics to assess progress and growth and the timely realignment of resources

High impact in all School activities

Zero tolerance for any form of harassment and/or discrimination