Vision, Mission & Values

Our vision, mission and values define our purpose and our goals. They are an important articulation of the principles that guide our students, faculty, and other members of our community.

  • Become the premier medical school revolutionizing health education and inspiring discovery now and for future generations.

  • The mission of Tufts University School of Medicine is to educate a diverse body of students and advance medical knowledge in a dynamic and collaborative environment. We seek to foster the development of dedicated clinicians, scientists, public health professionals, and educators who will have a sustained positive impact on the health of individuals, communities, and the world.

  • To achieve the goals of our mission statement, our faculty, students and staff demonstrate our commitment to the following core values in all that we do:

    Commitment to Excellence

    To cultivate a perpetual spirit of inquiry and creativity, leading to outstanding evidence-based health care, rigorous research and scholarship, and inspired teaching.

    Commitment to Humanism

    To relieve suffering and improve quality of life. To treat all people with compassion, respecting human dignity and autonomy.

    Commitment to Social Responsibility

    To serve and advocate for all people, especially underserved and vulnerable patients and populations, by addressing social determinants of health, health equity, social justice, and stewardship of social resources.

    Commitment to Professionalism

    To act in accordance with the highest standards of integrity, demonstrating personal accountability and resilience, collegiality and teamwork, and the pursuit of lifelong learning.

  • A Better Future for All People

    While each of our programs is different, they are connected by a desire to prepare students to do work that makes the world a better place, and moves the discipline of public health forward.


    To prepare students for careers in public health practice through which they will advance societal and environmental conditions to promote health and to eliminate racism and inequities. To conduct research and provide community service that has a meaningful impact in making our host communities of Chinatown and the greater Boston Metro area healthier and more equitable places. To support our partner institutions and host communities in public health education, research, and service locally and globally.


    The Tufts Public Health Program seeks a world where all people live in conditions that allow them to achieve their highest attainable level of health, are supported by equitable political, economic and social systems, and have access to integrated, effective, high quality public health and health care services.

  • Tufts University School of Medicine embraces diversity in the broadest form, including racial, ethnic, religious socioeconomic, geographic diversity, as well as diversity in gender and sexual orientation.

    We believe that a diverse student body is essential for the creation of a teaching and learning environment that promotes excellence, quality and equity as core values among our future physicians, scientists and public health advocates, a workforce equipped with the knowledge and skill needed to address the range of health challenges facing our increasingly diverse patient population and their communities.

    To this end, Tufts School of Medicine is committed to pursuing initiatives that will diversify the applicant pool and improve the selection process in order to create the most diverse student body.

    Learn more about our commitment to diversity and equality

  • Tufts is a student-centered research university dedicated to the creation and application of knowledge. We are committed to providing transformative experiences for students and faculty in an inclusive and collaborative environment where creative scholars generate bold ideas, innovate in the face of complex challenges, and distinguish themselves as active citizens of the world.

    Our broad range of schools form an innovative, interdisciplinary university of creative scholars who have a profound impact on one another and the world. During a time of significant challenges in higher education, Tufts is dedicated to effective stewardship of our resources to create and sustain an environment that prepares to launch all our students into the world ready to chart a course for success. Fueled by evolving digital technologies and a steadfast commitment to academic integrity, we are pushing the boundaries of how we teach, learn, and conduct research.