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The School of Public Health (SPH) at San Diego State University (SDSU) was founded in 1980 as part of the university’s new focus on health and human services. One of four nationally accredited schools of public health in California, and located in one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse areas in the country, the SPH provides many opportunities for education, research, and community involvement to advance the state of knowledge in different health disciplines and to improve the population’s health.
The SPH provides both undergraduate and graduate education in population-based health disciplines to prepare students for professional health and public health careers, and to enhance the knowledge and abilities of current health professionals. Opportunities for education extend beyond the formal classroom through interactions with faculty on research projects and opportunities to become actively engaged in local and regional community service activities.
The SPH enjoys special collaborative arrangements with the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency, and other local, regional, and national health organizations.
The values that guide the SPH are based on public health principles, interdisciplinary education, a strong science foundation, community needs, public accountability, and an assessment of the appropriate role for an academic institution among other health sector institutions.
The following are the values of the SPH:
- To promote diversity in culture, political views, and backgrounds.
- To treat all people with respect without discrimination as it relates to race, ethnicity, income, political stance, sexual orientation, or cultural background.
- To promote health as conceptualized by the World Health Organization as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
- To create a learning environment in which all faculty, students, and staff feel free to express their opinions openly without fear of censure or reprisal.
- To perform research in accordance with policies relating to the ethical treatment of human and animal subjects.