The Faculty of Health Sciences prepares professionals in the disciplines of public health and health sciences through graduate and undergraduate programs, and trains future physicians in public health. It contributes to knowledge and the improvement of the public’s health in the region by conducting scholarly and relevant interdisciplinary research and responding to priority health issues and training needs in collaboration with stakeholders. In all its functions, FHS promotes and adheres to the principles of ethics, social justice, and collective responsibility.
Our teaching, research, and service are guided by core values. These values derive from our context as a school of public health in a developing world setting and from basic principles of professional conduct and human rights.
These values are as follows:
We are committed to cultivating critical thinking that allows us and our graduates to question reality and tackle the root causes of health problems.
We believe in equality among people and act to enhance health equity by focusing on underserved communities and working for social justice.
We believe that each of us has a role to play in advancing knowledge and improving health, and we work to instill a sense of civic responsibility.
We focus our efforts on our region of the world to bring to light local/regional health issues and to enhance our relevance.
Our work is reinforced by our commitment to integrity and professional ethics.
Recognizing the complexity of health, we value teamwork, interdisciplinary engagement, and partnerships with stakeholders.
We believe in integrating our instruction, research, and service to bring theory and practice together for maximum impact.
We believe that diversity in our faculty and students and in our practice sites enhances our ability to understand the perspectives and the circumstances that influence health and, thus, create change.
We are committed to excellence in all we do and believe our faculty and alumni provide leadership and vision to improve the health of people and communities.