The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health has a long history of service in communities throughout the state, the region, the nation and internationally. This commitment is reflected in the mission of our College:
The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting the health of communities in the southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in education, research and service.
Our commitment is reflected in the organizational structure of our College with our Associate Dean for Community Programs, and our Community Engagement, Practice and Service Committee's role in development and implementation of our overall program. Our faculty, academic professionals, staff and students are extensively involved in numerous partnerships with communities to improve the quality of life in our region.
Our College focuses on ecological approaches that place high value on service to the community and on research and practice conducted in a service context, to foster excellence in public health, community engagement, practice and service. While there are many definitions of service within the field of public health, service within our College is defined as “an activity or project done at the request of, or for the benefit of, a community or organization outside of [the College]; including service based projects, service as a component of research, service through professional organizations, workforce development and continuing education.”
Numerous initiatives and programs focus on achieving our mission, through the College's centers and offices, community collaborations, activities and partnerships. These include:
- Arizona Center for Rural Health
- Arizona Prevention Research Center
- Arizona Skin Cancer Institute
- Arizona Smokers' Helpline - ASHLine
- Art Chapa Foundation for Gastric Cancer Prevention
- Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion
- Global Health Institute
- SAFER—Student Aid for Field Epidemiology Response Team
- Southern Arizona Battered Immigrant Women Project / Rural PATHS
- Western Mining Safety and Health Training Resource Center
- Western Region Public Health Training Center