|Philosophy and Vision|
The philosophy and vision of the Department of Public Health derive from the realities of human existence and the fundamentals of the Christian faith. The reality is that human lives, including the very young as well as those advanced in age, experience varying degrees of illness and brokenness. Such conditions diminish the quality of life and rob many of their dreams of full personhood. Flawed understanding of the truth about human nature, limited factual knowledge, faulty lifestyle, dysfunctional families, and inadequate community care are major contributors to this degradation in human well-being. Unnecessary suffering, addictions of various kinds, alienation, conflicts, and a range of physical, mental, social, and spiritual pathologies are the symptomatic consequences produced by these inadequacies or failures—consequences that all of us must share.
The Christian faith presents Jesus Christ as the true light of the world and the healer of mankind’s brokenness. His mission to save the world was couched in the thought forms of comprehensive public health. “The Spirit of the Lord has anointed Me,” He said, “to preach good news to the afflicted, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim release to the captives and recovering sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18). This was not only a vision and a mission statement, but a vision and a mission lived.
This vision Jesus so powerfully actualized in His life is the vision of life the DPH seeks to clarify and to share. It seeks to do this, of course, in the context of the particular conditions at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The department’s program is designed to be socially relevant, culturally acceptable, and scientifically sound, but it is also grounded on a firm philosophical foundation.