The mission of the University of Pennsylvania MPH program is to leverage the resources and environment of a premier research university to prepare the next generation of leaders in public health. The program recruits a culturally inclusive body of students with diverse training and experience and seeks to train innovative thinkers who will assess the health needs of populations and communities, who will plan, implement, evaluate, and disseminate programs to address those needs, and who will inform public debate and policymaking, all toward the crucial goal of optimizing conditions for healthy living locally, nationally, and globally.

The mission is designed to carry out the vision of the MPH program which is to generate a cadre of graduates who participate in collaborative research and are informed in the translation of research into public health practice.