The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Public Health Initiatives' mission is to improve health and quality of life by expanding and strengthening public health education, research and practice, fostering cross-disciplinary collaboration, and promoting meaningful community/academic partnerships. To achieve this mission, we:

  • Provide visibility and focus for Public Health in the University, leading to an expansion in Public Health activities and cross-disciplinary collaboration
  • Complement existing and emerging Penn entities and programs to foster world-class, well-integrated education and research programs that further the mission of Public Health
  • Provide an organizational home and academic base for Penn's multidisciplinary, interschool MPH degree program and encourage the development of new public health education programs
  • Encourage recruitment and sustainability of multi-disciplinary Public Health leadership and faculty
  • Foster the application of practical approaches and experiences in public health, emphasizing translation of science into sustainable health improvements in domestic and international populations and communities
  • Facilitate inter- and intra- school communication about and collaboration for public health related research involving faculty with the multiple existing centers, institutes, and departments across the university and with community partners