Diversity and Inclusion Plan & Strategic Initiatives | Public Health and Recreation Professions | SIU

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College of Education and Human Services

Diversity and Inclusion Plan & Strategic Initiatives

Mission of the MPH Program

The mission of the Master of Public Health Program in Community Health Education at SIU Carbondale is to promote public health through professional preparation of community health educators, ongoing development of practitioners, community service, and research/evaluation related to public health.

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1. The MPH program in community health education will prepare community health educators with knowledge and skills.

The following measurable objectives will monitor progress toward this goal:

  • Objective 1.1: Students will be proficient in knowledge and skills.
  • Objective 1.2: Students will have maintained at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average throughout the program.
  • Objective 1.3: Students will be assessed as proficient or accomplished in their practicum experience as determined by pre-established criteria.
  • Objective 1.4: Students will successfully complete all elements of the culminating experience.
  • Objective 1.5: Full-time students will complete the program within two years of entry; part-time MPH students will graduate within five years.
  • Objective 1.6: Within one year of graduation, graduates will be employed or be accepted into continuing education.
  • Objective 1.7: Faculty instruction courses will be observed at least twice annually. Objective 1.8: Faculty will participate in ongoing professional instruction oriented development on an annual basis.

Goal 2. Respond to professional and community health needs by providing health-focused consultative service and workforce development.

The following measurable objectives will monitor progress toward this goal:

  • Objective 2.1: Faculty will be engaged with professional organizations.
  • Objective 2.2: Faculty will be engaged in service with private and community organizations.
  • Objective 2.3: Students will participate in at least one community service activity.
  • Objective 2.4: Graduate students in the department will assess community workforce development needs
  • Objective 2.5: Faculty will conduct workforce development activities in response to identified needs.

Goal 3. Faculty and students are engaged in the discovery and production of new knowledge related to public health.

The following measurable objectives will monitor progress toward this goal:

  • Objective 3.1: Faculty will be involved in ongoing research related to public health.
  • Objective 3.2: Faculty will disseminate research findings annually via presentations at professional conferences.
  • Objective 3.3: Faculty will submit or publish peer-reviewed publications or scholarly articles.
  • Objective 3.4: Faculty will collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines and/or community partners on research activities.
  • Objective 3.5: Faculty will apply for internal and/or external grants.
  • Objective 3.6: Students will complete individual or collaborative research projects by the time they finish their degree.

MPH Core Competencies

The Core MPH competencies will enable students to:

  • Assess community health needs and capacities for diverse populations.
  • Design a community-based program, project, intervention or policy.
  • Demonstrate a variety of skills in delivering strategies, interventions, and programs.
  • Apply systems thinking frameworks to address public health issues within communities.
  • Conduct evaluation and research related to public health programs.
  • Administer and maintain public health education and health promotion programs.
  • Serve as public health resources professional.
  • Advocate for stakeholder involvement in building partnerships and coalitions to improve public health outcomes in diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate written and oral skills for effective communication with diverse populations in the context in the public health promotion.
  • Demonstrate awareness of multicultural values and practices to the design and delivery of community public health policies and programs.

Plan Overview

The Masters of Public Health (MPH) program in Community Health Education is committed to promoting diverse, inclusive working and learning community of faculty, staff and students. The MPH program faculty and staff supports complexity of diversity, which includes race, ethnicity, sex, religion, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and other aspects of identity. As the MPH program prepares Community Health Educators to promote public health of measurable impact through community service, research/evaluation, and meeting public challenges of a world that is increasingly connected and globalized.


  • Implementation using best practice efforts in recruitment of tenure-track, non-tenure track and adjunct faculty.
  • Implementation using best practice efforts in recruitment of staff.
  • Recognition of diversity is a criterion in the hiring, evaluation and promotion of faculty and staff.
  • Create a welcoming climate of inclusion for all members of the faculty/staff/student body.


  • Implementation of unitversity wide initiatives that promote community engagement and programming to bring attention to diversity and inclusion issues in public health.
  • Utilize a diverse group of guest speakers to discuss issues of diversity and cultural competency. Create a welcoming climate of inclusion for all members of the faculty/staff/student body.
  • Target recruitment through channels to reach underrepresented students.
  • Insure diversity in graduate assistants, teacher assistants and research assistants in the program.
  • Every two years institute a global student survey to assess the student’s satisfaction with the program. This survey should include program climate, diversity and inclusion.