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Arnold School of Public Health

Guiding Statements

The Arnold School of Public Health is the primary public health research and education resource in South Carolina with a nearly 50-year history of impact.  Our work is guided by the following vision, mission, goals and values.


Improved population health…statewide and worldwide.


The Arnold School of Public Health will improve population health and well-being by fostering innovative education, research and practice that promotes health and healthy environments.  The Arnold School will use that knowledge and experience to promote prevention and effective response to disease, disability, and environmental degradation in diverse communities.


Goal 1:  Provide undergraduate and graduate educational programs of excellence

Goal 2:  Promote high quality, impactful and ethical research

Goal 3:  Recruit and retain highly qualified faculty and staff to meet our mission

Goal 4:  Support community engagement activities that promote and improve the public’s health

Goal 5:  Meet the fiscal and physical resource needs of the school


  • 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 the inclusion of all persons.
  • Impact Through inquiry, discovery and dissemination, the Arnold School works to improve community health, health systems and the environment for all people.
  • Integrity —The Arnold School adheres to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, equity, 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, practice 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.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.