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Arnold School of Public Health

Mission, Vision, Values and Goals

The Arnold School of Public Health is the primary public health research and education resource for the citizens of our state. With particular focus on physical activity, nutrition and cancer prevention, we prepare the next generation of professional practitioners and scholars to serve our communities and impact disease prevention through public health education and intervention.


The Arnold School of Public Health will improve population health and well-being by fostering innovative education and research that promotes health and healthy environments and will use that knowledge to prevent and effectively respond to disease, disability, and environmental degradation in diverse communities.


The Arnold School of Public Health advances inquiry, discovery and innovation; develops outstanding graduates; and promotes health through collaboration, dissemination and outreach in our local and global communities.


  • Community — The Arnold School actively engages and collaborates with community partners in its education, research and public service.
  • Diversity and Inclusion  The vibrant intellectual environment of the Arnold School embraces respect for diversity and inclusion of all persons.
  • Impact  Through inquiry, discovery and dissemination, the Arnold School improves community health, health systems and the environment for populations and individuals worldwide.
  • Integrity   The Arnold School adheres to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, stewardship, professional responsibility and scholarly ethics.
  • Learning  Students are the foundation of the school. With its outstanding faculty and staff, the Arnold School provides diverse and dynamic educational and experiential opportunities for learners at all levels.
  • Social Justice — In pursuit of health equity for all populations, the Arnold School seeks to bridge any divisions that prevent individuals from attaining complete environmental, physical, mental and social well-being.
  • Translation — Through scholarship and outreach, the Arnold School supports the application of scientific knowledge and use of evidence-based practices and policies to improve individual, community and societal health.


  • Provide undergraduate and graduate educational programs of excellence for public health and allied health professionals and scholars to promote student success and advance the field of public health.
  • Engage in more active and effective recruitment strategies for our graduate programs, to increase the number, quality and diversity of graduate students.
  • Promote quality, impactful and ethical research by developing strategies to increase extramural funding; increase number, quality and impact of publications; facilitate collaborations to be competitive for large, interdisciplinary grants; effectively mentor junior faculty in research; and increase student and community engagement in research and scholarly activity.
  • Actively plan for infrastructure needs of the Arnold School including ensuring a diverse and highly qualified personnel and providing adequate modern facilities that meet the needs and expectations of faculty, staff and students.
  • Recruit, develop, mentor and retain highest-quality faculty to meet the mission and needs of the Arnold School.
  • Comprehensively review and adapt the Arnold School’s budget practices to align with the new USC budget model in FY2020.
  • Meet the professional development needs of the public health workforce through our Community Health Worker Institute and the Public Health Consortium (a partnership with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control).

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.