Vision and Mission

Our commitment to compassionate care knows no boundaries.


To provide culturally competent and evidence-based health care and services to vulnerable populations around the world, foster a lifelong commitment to social responsibility and compassionate service, and promote advances in health care in communities served.


In congruence with university guidelines, our mission is to:

  1. Provide evidence-based health services and education to meet the unique needs of vulnerable populations across the life-span internationally.
  2. Ensure students and faculty are culturally competent in caring for diverse populations.
  3. Bring people together by working collaboratively while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding.


  1. Explore international opportunities congruent with faculty expertise and available resources.
  2. Ensure cultural competency integration throughout the curriculum.
  3. Integrate the Nursing Global Health Program with other units on campus such as the USD International Center, University Ministry, and the Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action.
  4. Investigate and design research or evidence-based practice projects that address health disparities and identified needs of the populations served.
  5. Identify needs and provide services designed to foster health promotion, health maintenance, disease prevention, and sustainability.
  6. Provide opportunities for personal and professional development to enhance nursing leadership and service.


  1. Provide opportunities for students for transition of classroom knowledge to the field through mentored clinical experiences.
  2. Support development of web/intranet based teaching tools and methods for sharing of information.
  3. Create an elective course related to Global Health.
  4. Obtain funding for global health care initiatives and research.
  5. Facilitate international partnerships for education, practice, and research with peer institutions that facilitate enrollment and that are sustainable and replicable.
  6. Provide an opportunity for students to explore their personal and professional growth through self-reflection.