The mission of the department is to prepare highly competent professionals who are well prepared in the disciplines of public health including environmental health science, health care management and administration, nutrition and food sciences, and public health education, and to maintain the department as a public health leader within the University's service area. Graduates will exhibit broad health science knowledge, applied technical and human skills, clear personal and social values, civic commitment to the community, and a desire for lifelong learning and achievement. To this end, we are committed to achieving excellence in undergraduate and graduate education by being at the forefront of scientific advancement and professional practice in the areas of research, teaching, and service consistent with the philosophy and goals of the California State University System, the San Bernardino campus, and the College of Natural Sciences.
We help students prepare for jobs in local health departments, community organizations, health services, schools, hospitals, industry, tribal health, and many other sites. Our students may also pursue graduate programs in research, epidemiology, physician assistant, nursing, occupational and respiratory therapies, and other allied health careers.
Our values serve as a guide in the work we do in the pursuit of effectiveness and excellence. We value:
Innovative approaches to educate and inspire faculty and students in teaching, learning, and addressing health matters.
Fairness and social justice in addressing individual and population health.
Actions to achieve equitable access to public health, health resources, and public policies.
Using an ecological framework and reasoned debate in collaborative approaches across disciplines to advance scientific knowledge, and improve individual and population health.
Student Centered Learning
A dynamic learning community that fosters engaged learning where students have a voice in the process of their education including practical opportunities for problem solving.
Honesty and mutual respect in teaching, learning, and public service as we engage students in activities to advance a sense of the profession as they assume duties and responsibilities in health careers.
A respect for all people in global and local communities and to appreciate diverse cultures’ perspectives, and beliefs as we promote population health and reduction of health disparities.
Engagement by faculty and students in methods that foster comprehension of the extent of current health knowledge and the role of research to contribute to future health knowledge and solutions.