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Purpose, Mission and Vision

As we look forward to celebrating the 200th anniversary of our founding, we reaffirm our commitment to make Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) a premier global institution for health profession education.


Leading with vision. Educating with passion. Serving with care.


Advancing health science education, scholarship, and practice grounded in collaboration and inclusion.


Empowering our Community to create a healthier, more equitable world.

STUDENT-CENTERED: Prioritize student needs in all decision-making. Develop a holistic approach to engage students as successful life-long learners.

RESPECT: Treat others as they would like to be treated. Seek out the best in and assume positive intent of others. Listen actively, welcome feedback, and deliver meaningful information with care and tact. Deal with conflicts quickly and directly.

DIVERSITY and INCLUSION: Promote equity in access to quality health care through teaching, discovery, and advocacy. Foster a culture of inclusion and cultural competence among students, faculty, staff, and other key stakeholders.

INTEGRITY and AUTHENTICITY: Seek truth. Be intellectually and interpersonally honest with others. Make ethical decisions.

INNOVATION: Embrace change and challenge the status quo. Find new and better ways to enhance education, both in and outside the classroom. Enhance work quality and address institutional needs. Continually improve skills and abilities. Through education and example, develop our students to be innovators.

PERSONAL and PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY: Be mission-focused. Honor commitments. Work collaboratively as a team member. Be reflective and transparent in communications. Always provide your best effort. Speak up when professional or ethical standards are being violated.

LEADERSHIP ACCOUNTABILITY: Devote resources to address priorities. Communicate in a transparent manner. Ensure transparency in decision-making. Use data to inform decisions. Create a safe-to-say environment. Develop leadership at all levels. Maximize individual contributions.

With a tradition of excellence in health care and science education since its founding in 1823, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) offers its students degree programs and co-curricular activities that are focused on knowledge and skills development. The University’s mission statement affirms its primary goal of preparing students for successful careers in health care through excellence in teaching, scholarship, professional service and community engagement.

MCPHS prepares its graduates to:

  • Possess interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills to effectively interact with a diverse population including patients, clients, customers, and colleagues.
  • Create and sustain positive and productive professional relationships with patients, clients, customers, and colleagues.
  • Apply technical knowledge, information literacy, cultural sensitivity, critical thinking skills, and problem solving strategies necessary in professional settings to provide comprehensive services to patients, clients, and others.
  • Collaborate effectively as a team member to bring projects to successful completion.
  • Behave in a responsible manner and hold oneself and colleagues to the professional and ethical standards of their profession.
  • Engage in lifelong learning and regular self-assessment to achieve continuous professional growth.