The following value statements are core to the MPH@Simmons program:
Social Justice: We value social justice as a core concept of health equity, which embraces the uniqueness, dignity, and inherent value of all individuals and communities and challenges power differentials and structures that preclude fair opportunity for optimal health for all.
Community Partnership: Rather than work on behalf of, we strive always to work with the communities whose health we aim to enhance, through partnered knowledge production, participatory agenda setting, and collaborative action for social change.
Scientific Rigor and Integrity: We strive for outstanding performance in enacting health equity that is built on the foundation of scientifically rigorous research, evidence-based public health practice, and personal and professional integrity and ethics.
Critical Systems Thinking: In order to assess and address health inequities, we employ a critical lens to understand broad systems and structures that produce and reproduce disparities and injustices in health.
Innovative Leadership: Taking inspiration from past innovation, and challenging existing paradigms, we advance a model of leadership that imagines new systems and structures to improve health equity and create sustainable, transformative impact.
Core Program Competencies
Upon graduation from the MPH@Simmons program, students will be able to:
Define the principles of health equity, human rights and social justice, and apply these frameworks to public health challenges.
Identify the patterns and root causes of population health disparities, locally, nationally, and globally.
Appraise one’s own position, values, and biases, within the systems and structures that shape population health.
Use epidemiological and statistical data to assess public health needs and evaluate program and policy outcomes.
Employ participatory methods, including needs assessment, action research, and community organizing, to assess and address community health issues.
Describe systems of oppression and structural-level determinants of health, including racism and other forms of marginalization, climate change, toxins, unhealthy work environments, poverty, nutrition and food systems, water security, and other social, political and economic factors shaping population health.
Undertake policy analysis within and beyond traditional public health domains and employ health advocacy skills toward health equity.
Demonstrate public health leadership and management skills, including strategic planning, program design, teamwork, communication, as well as organizational and project management.
Evaluate public health as a vehicle for transformative change by identifying past and potential future models of innovation at community and institutional levels.
Apply a public health skill set for high-impact social change through the design, implementation, and evaluation of an applied change project focused on improving health equity.