Vision, Mission and Values


The Mercer BSPH program will be renowned for producing public health champions who will partner with underserved and rural populations to promote and improve health.


The BSPH program will prepare competent health professionals to advance public health practice in communities, primarily underserved and rural populations, through instruction, research, and service to promote social justice and health equity.

Core Values

  • Collaboration – working together and respecting each other's contributions.
  • Compassion – showing empathy and concern for the well-being of others.
  • Competence – demonstrating mastery of skills of one's profession or vocation.
  • Excellence – performing at the highest level and exceeding the expectations of those we serve.
  • Integrity – unwavering adherence to a professional and ethical code of conduct.
  • Respect and Honesty – conducting ourselves in a manner that demonstrates the value of each individual.
  • Service – offering our talents and skills toward betterment of our communities.
  • Justice – committing to fairness and reasonableness in the treatment of others
  • Equity – working for the application of justice to promote and improve health


Competencies and Profile of the Bachelor of Public Health Graduate

  1. Describe the origins and development of the field of public health and its values, concepts, and functions.
  2. Identify population health challenges using analysis ad evidence based approaches.
  3. Identify the role and sources of public health data and information for use in policy development.
  4. Participate in program implementation processes.
  5. Convey public health information using a variety of approaches.
  6. Recognize the role of cultural, social, and behavioral factors in the accessibility, availability, acceptability, and delivery of public health services.
  7. Recognize how policy, law, ethics, and economics influence population health.
  8. Describe the role of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the delivery of community health services.
  9. Describe the basics of human health, disease, and contributing factors.
  10. Describe the local, state, and federal public health and healthcare systems.
  11. Describe how public health operates within a larger system.