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Quick Facts

  • 6 - Number of graduate programs in the college ranked in the top 100 nationwide by U.S. News and World Report in March 2016
  • Fall 2015 - Launch of the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice
  • Spring 2016 - Launch of the completely online Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program
  • 2015-16 - Academic year in which the college recognized 25 years since its founding in 1990-91
  • > 1,700 - Number of children and adults with speech, language and hearing problems served by the Communication Disorders Clinic

Vision, Mission & Goals

COHPA Mission

Vision Statement

The College of Health and Public Affairs is a global leader in creating positive community change. We seek to improve people's lives through partnerships that transcend traditional boundaries in education, research, policy and program development.

Mission Statement

The College of Health and Public Affairs educates leaders for a global and diverse society by conducting transformational research, creating partnerships, and advocating policy changes that improve the health and welfare of the community.

College Goals

Community Partnerships
To improve the health and welfare of the community through mutually beneficial college-community partnerships.

To foster innovative research activities generating and/or applying knowledge that positively impacts the global community.

To promote and support the development and provision of state-of-the-art undergraduate, master's and doctoral education and professional continuing education.

To integrate diversity and globalization into all aspects of college life.

To develop and promote a distinctive vision- and mission-driven identity for the college.

Organizational Success
To promote and nurture a vibrant and vital organization built on a foundation of responsible and strategic management of college resources.

College Values

We Value and Celebrate Diversity within our faculty, staff and students and endeavor to treat all people with dignity and respect, honoring their race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age, religion, socioeconomic status, opinions and positions.

We Value Collaboration and believe the key to overcoming obstacles and achieving great success is to use our collective talents and wisdom through partnerships within the college, throughout the university and in the Central Florida community.

We Value Excellence and strive for the highest degree of quality and professionalism in our teaching, research and service.

We Value Innovation and Creativity and foster an environment where both can flourish by allowing faculty, staff and students to take risks; by minimizing the cost of failure; and by continually seeking opportunities to develop cutting-edge knowledge, programs and policies in globe-spanning partnerships.

We Value Knowledge that empowers our students and alumni to improve the future quality of life in our community and globally.

We Value Truth and Honesty and believe that in our pursuit and sharing of knowledge we are cultivating a culture that relies on facts, rejects deceptiveness, and promotes and rewards truth and honesty.

We Value Fairness and Equity and strive in all of our interactions to be fair, impartial and objective and to make decisions free of favoritism or self-interest.

We Value Passion as a critical part of a thriving society and endeavor to create an environment for our students, faculty, administrators and staff that instills a passion for our fields of study and for improving the quality of life of individuals.

We Value Service and employ an altruistic approach to our community partnerships and our mission of teaching, research and service.

The health care informatics master's program at UCF really helped me connect with the industry, meet people at conferences and sit for the most-desired certification exams."
— Michael Neimann,  M.S. in health care informatics ('14)
My internship with the District 9 Medical Examiner’s Office was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I gained an excellent understanding of the medical examiner’s office and the criminal justice field in general."
— Adam Stubley,  B.S. in criminal justice, criminal profiling certificate ('11)
UCF provides its physical therapy students with an excellent education and prepares them to work in the most challenging of settings."
— Jamie Dyson,  Rehabilitation Supervisor, Orlando Regional Medical Center
UCF's program provided me the opportunity to expedite my student experience while attaining practical experience working within local health systems."
— Daniel Barr,  V.P. at National Children's Hospital; M.S. in health sciences, health services administration track ('04)
My master's education helped me see the big picture of the nonprofit industry. UCF showed me how to see the different fundraising tools within the Central Florida area."
— Krysti Griffith,  Executive Director of Growth from Grief; Master of Nonprofit Management ('12)
The course opened my eyes to grant writing ... I learned a great deal and you [Barbara Howell] are truly an excellent instructor."
— Deborah Reith,  Master of Public Administration student who secured a $10,000 federal grant through a course project; B.S. in criminal justice ('86)
The skills I learned during my time at UCF are what made my transition to law school so seamless."
— Jacqueline Iaquinta,  Touro Law Center student; B.S. in legal studies ('10)
As an inaugural graduate of the M.R.A. program at UCF, I can attest to the outstanding curriculum developed for research administrators. "
— April Heyward,  Post Award Services Coordinator, University of South Carolina; Master of Research Administration ('13)
It was at UCF that I first learned many of the skills that I’ve since honed, including mapping with GIS software - an ability I found invaluable to my search for internships, graduate-level coursework, and employment."
— Richard "Ben" Hagen,  Research and Communications Associate, New Economy Project, New York City; B.S. in public administration ('10)
I am excited to be able to give back to the program that invested so much in me. It is truly and honor and a privilege."
— Carlos Gual,  Instructor of Athletic Training; B.S. in athletic training ('09)
The faculty advisor [at my medical school] was amazed that I had the opportunity to truly participate in the full spectrum of research as an undergraduate. "
— Chase Cavayero, medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicince, B.S. in health sciences - pre-clinical ('13),  
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