Background of IPH

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Institute of Public Health (IPH) was created by the 1995 Florida Legislature with the mission of improving the health status of Florida’s diverse poor and underserved. IPH was given the authority to initially offer the Master of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program. In March of 2004 and October of 2004, the FAMU Board of Trustees and the Florida Board of Governors, respectively, approved FAMU’s development and implementation of the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) Degree Program.


Creating and Advancing Health Equity for All


The mission of the FAMU Public Health Program is to develop the practice of culturally competent public health practitioners and leaders through graduate training, research, and service. Thus, the contribution of the FAMU Public Health Program to the public health workforce should substantially improve the health status of the diverse poor and underserved.

Program Values

iph4There are seven values, concepts and ethics upon which the Public Health Program has been built. These guiding principles direct the “who we are and why we must be” of the Program. They provide the framework for determining the Program mission, goals and objectives.

These are:

  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Excellence with Caring
  • Respect for the Individual
  • Equality of Opportunity
  • Social Justice
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Community Empowerment
  • Peer Review

Honesty and Integrity: To emphasize and subscribe to the significance of dignity and ethical behavior in public health practice.

Excellence with Caring:To provide an environment that is nurturing while striving for excellence in academic performance and public health practice

Respect for the Individual:To recognize and respect each and every individual as deserving of good health and access to health care.

Equality of Opportunity:To ensure equity in maintenance of health status and access to health care.

Social Justice:To understand that responsible public health is rooted in a social justice philosophy.

Cultural Sensitivity: To embrace and celebrate a diverse public that requires acknowledgement and consideration in the design and implementation of programs and practices resulting in culturally competent public health professionals.

Community Empowerment:To promote community protection of its own health through knowledge and training.

Peer Review:To continually monitor, evaluate and review the Program’s goals and objectives based on the feedback and counsel of Program constituencies.

Program Goals

The overall goals for the Institute of Public Health are:

  • To provide quality graduate education and training in public health;
  • To advance knowledge of the cultural competencies required to decrease high risk behavior and promote healthy behavior choices;
  • To promote and advance competencies in professional development in public health.
  • To conduct research that provides an evidence base for improving the health of those who bear a disproportionate burden of disease;
  • To disseminate and translate research knowledge and findings gained to all public health stakeholders and the community at large.
  • To encourage effective health promotion and disease prevention measures through proactive community outreach efforts statewide;
  • To contribute to the development of effective public health policy for Florida’s poor and underserved populations;
  • To contribute to the development of a sustainable, culturally competent public health workforce
  • To strengthen existing partnerships and establish new sustainable service linkages with university, local, state, and national agencies and organizations