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Strategic Plan 2023-2030: Zuckerman College of Public Health

a Healthier Future With
the Power of Public Health

In the Zuckerman College of Public Health, we are determined to tackle health disparities and improve the health and lives of all people. To make that change happen, we educate the next generation of public health leaders, and we pursue innovative, community-engaged research that expands knowledge and connection.

We developed our 7-year strategic plan to meet both new and persistent public health challenges. We focus on community engagement and collaboration in our public health education, research, and service to build a healthier world.

Dean Iman Hakim

Letter from Dean Hakim

We live in a world with many emerging health challenges, from the impacts of climate change and human migration to the damage caused by widespread misinformation. The knowledge and skills that public health professionals deliver are uniquely suited to address these complex challenges. Our graduates are prepared to find solutions that will help people and communities towards a better life.

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Our Core Goals


Enrich, diversify and expand our teaching programs

We will dedicate our instructional efforts to meeting the growing demand for future leaders who have the skills to apply their knowledge and solve the world's grand challenges.

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Make innovative discoveries for lasting impact

We will push the boundaries of public health science to improve both health and health equity through rigorous, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research.

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Community Engagement

Connecting With Community For Teaching, Research, and Service

We will continue our strong collaboration with community partners to improve health and wellness.

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Global Health

Global engagement for a healthier world

We will continue building international partnerships and capacity as well as prepare future global health leaders to navigate improbable challenges with confidence and adaptability.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Advance Equity and Inclusion For All

We will work continuously to ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment inside and outside our college.

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Our People

Build a thriving workplace

We will encourage an environment where everyone thrives professionally and feels included, respected, and valued.

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Empowering communities through health education

We will use communication outreach to centralize global and local public health dialogue, becoming a hub for information and advocating for healthcare professionals.

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Our Alumni

Fostering lifelong connections and support

We will create opportunities for alumni engagement and interactions and sustain a vibrant alumni’s community.

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Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.

Our Mission

The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is dedicated to promoting the health and wellness of individuals and communities in the Southwest and globally with an emphasis on achieving health equity through excellence in education, research & and service.

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Our Vision

Local Impact
National Influence
Global Reach

Our Core Values

MEZCOPH acts with respect and integrity to continuously advance health and well-being for all through knowledge, collaboration, empowerment, advocacy, and sustainability. Our core values are:

  • Fairness
  • Trust
  • Equity
  • Social Justice
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Commitment
  • Collegiality
  • Diversity
  • Open Communication
  • Participation
  • Consensus
  • Enhancement

We strive to foster an educational community that values innovation and excellence in teaching, creation, and dissemination of knowledge, practice-based research, and research-based practice to address the health needs and interests of individuals and communities.

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