The vision of the SJBSM-MPH Program is to positively transform the health and wellbeing of local and international communities.

The mission of the SJBSM-MPH Program is to provide the highest quality education with a multidisciplinary curriculum focused on education, service, and research to prepare future public health professionals with the necessary competencies to address public health issues in Puerto Rico underserved populations.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • Education: To ensure the highest quality education to prepare professionals to address public health issues.
    • Knowledge of the major aspects of public health including definitions, theory, history, and practice in public health.
    • Knowledge of the environmental factors and their relation with human health including: water pollution, air pollution, environmental toxicology, food contamination, occupational safety and health, solid waste issues and ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.
    • Knowledge of the social, behavioral and psychological factors related with disease occurrence among diverse populations.
    • Knowledge of the health policies in Puerto Rico as well in the United States including: access to health services, health insurances, state and federal regulations related with health services, the Puerto Rico health system, the role of institutions and government on the development and implementation of public health policy, methods of policy analysis and legal bases of public health.
    • Knowledge of the major ethical and legal concepts and their impact on public health policy and practice. Emphasis will be given to justice and equity as important concepts in public health practice.
    • Knowledge of the framework and theories of health management administration applied to the health field.
    • Knowledge of the basic concepts of strategic planning in the context of health care and community based organizations.
      Knowledge of the concepts related with health evaluation and the implementation interventions programs in community settings.
    • Knowledge of the aspects of health education and health promotion programs for successful strategies for disease prevention.
    • Knowledge of the scientific evidence and data for policies and programs in public health.
    • Knowledge of the public health issues related with the urban environments including: urban population growth, housing issues, healthy cities and the built natural and socioeconomics environments and its relation with health and disease.
    • Knowledge of the basic principles of public health informatics understood as the systematic application of information and computer science and technology to public health practice, research, and learning.
    • Knowledge of basic and advance statistical analysis for the application into the public health field.
    • Knowledge of the main concepts of the epidemiologic principles for the study of occurrence of diseases including: the design of epidemiologic studies, descriptive and analytical epidemiology, principles of causality, hypothesis formulation and the scientific method, and surveillance programs.

  • Research: To conduct evidence-based research to identify and address issues in order to advance knowledge and community practice in the public health field.
    • Provide scientific research experience and its application to understand the public health issues that affect vulnerable communities.
    • Development of a research proposal applying the basic concepts and techniques of the scientific method.
    • Implementation of a research proposal methodology including the data collection, data entry and data analysis will be required.
    • Presentation of the written and oral results, conclusions and public health recommendations related to research projects findings.

  • Service: To advance the health of underserved communities through collaborative public health approaches.
    • Participate in community based initiatives to integrate public health concepts.
    • Integrate and apply knowledge and skills to a practical setting to strengthen public health competencies and work with a community-based setting.


The following core values enlighten the institutional environment and guide us in the fulfillment of our mission and goals:

  • Professionalism: we foster the development of public health professionals with the necessary competencies to serve the community with enthusiasm, respect, integrity, responsibility, and a commitment.
  • Diversity: we foster to develop health professionals ready to serve diverse populations.
  • Educational Quality: we are committed to offer an outstanding education with a multidisciplinary integrative learning experience.
  • Evidence-based Approach: we are committed to scientific rigor, critical analysis, and sound reasoning in public health and practice.
  • Community Engagement: we are committed in participating and developing healthy communities.