Our Mission

To advance the health of all. Through research, hands-on learning, and community engagement, we commit to improving the public’s health in Georgia, our nation, and the world.

Founded in 2005 as a response to the state’s need to address important health concerns in Georgia, the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia is comprised of four academic departments and four research institutes. Located on the UGA Health Sciences Campus, the College offers degree programs in biostatistics, disaster management, environmental health, epidemiology, gerontology, global health, health promotion and behavior, infectious disease epidemiology,  public health, and health policy and management.

Graduates from the College of Public Health—nationally known for its work related to aging, disaster preparedness, evidence-based practice, global infectious disease, and workplace health—typically go on to a diverse range of careers, including medicine, health education, emergency management, public health policy, environmental science and social work.


Our Vision

A healthier, safer, more equitable world for all in Georgia and the world.

Our Core Values

Collaboration
Protecting and improving the public’s health requires collaboration among many sectors. We foster effective partnerships with government, non-profits, foundations, our colleagues, our communities, experts in other fields and practice, and the communities and populations we serve. We lift up the talents of everyone and the unique contributions that each of us make to improving the public’s health.

Compassion
We deeply care about our students, each other, the work we do, and individuals in the populations we serve.

Courage
We strive to do what is right to promote and protect the health of all.

Data-Driven Decision Making
We use metrics to assess progress toward our goals and align resources in an efficient and transparent manner.

Diversity
Diversity in backgrounds, culture, and experience is the source of comprehensive understanding and knowledge. We celebrate the background, experience, and identity among our students, staff, faculty, and populations we serve.

Equity
Our quest to achieve equity drives our research, education, and community engagement to ensure democratic processes, equal opportunity, and justice for all.

Excellence
We confidently pursue the highest quality of work in everything we do.

Health as a Human Right
Everyone has a right to live a healthy life throughout their lifespan. It is our responsibility in public health to uphold this right.

Inclusion
We incorporate all voices and all perspectives in all aspects of the College’s endeavors.

Innovation
We have passion, excitement, and drive to make the world a better place. We seek creative solutions and novel approaches for advancing public health.

Integrity
In all our interactions, we are ethical, honest, fair, and responsible. We hold each other and our actions accountable.

Perseverance
We recognize that the challenges of public health are ever-changing and that the road leading to health for all is often challenging. We will remain constant and firm in our pursuit of our goals.

Respect
We promote community health in a way that respects the rights of individuals in that community. We have zero-tolerance for any form of harassment and/or discrimination. We commit to creating a respectful and nurturing environment for all.