Our Foundational Principles and Values
The School of Health fosters an interdisciplinary spirit of discovery required to support the needed evolution in health and health care.
The School of Health reflects the ongoing, urgent need to focus our collective efforts on applied health research and on creating a more equitable, evidence-driven and values-based health care system that can withstand the enormous challenges facing our country. It is this interdisciplinary spirit of discovery that will best support the needed evolution in health and health care.
All majors in the School of Health focus on cura personalis — the care and development of the whole person — by educating students for a meaningful life, challenging them intensively, but also supporting them in their learning. The School embraces the Jesuit inspired principles shared by the entire Georgetown community, which emphasize the pursuit of knowledge with a responsibility to contribute to the common good. Students develop into health professionals who can recognize and respond to the full human experience encountered in the health field.
Statement on Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-racism
Supporting our collective foundational mission to advance health equity, the School of Health profoundly rejects racism, faith-based persecution, sexism and gender discrimination, ageism, homophobia, ableism, xenophobia, and transphobia.
These and all other forms of bias, discrimination, prejudice, and hate directed at persons — expressed overtly or covertly at the interpersonal, institutional, and/or structural levels — threaten our collective humanity through harming both the ability of individuals and communities to truly flourish, and the promotion of equity, justice, and the common good.
The School of Health, consistent with Georgetown’s Catholic, Jesuit identity, supports an academic environment that is diverse, inclusive and respectful, and we commit to building upon and promoting this work through humility and the transparent practices, policies, resourcing, and values of our academic community.
The Spirit of Georgetown
As a Jesuit institution, Georgetown is grounded in a nearly 500-year old educational tradition inspired by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Today, as a consequence of this long tradition, we can identify a number of characteristics or values that inspirit our University and that are referred to in the University mission statement, institutional documents, and iconography.
- Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (For the Greater Glory of God)
- Academic Excellence
- Care for Our Common Home
- Community in Diversity
- Contemplation in Action
- Cura Personalis
- Educating the Whole Person
- Faith that Does Justice
- Interreligious Understanding
- People for Others