Mission, Vision, Values

Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies is a vibrant academic community that fosters innovative practice, research, scholarship, service, and teaching. (Read Georgetown University's mission statement.) To learn more about the NHS Mission, Vision, and Values, read below.


Advancing the health and well-being of individuals and communities.


To be a catalyst for health and social justice in local, national, and global communities through education, scholarship, and social action.


Contemplation in Action

Action-oriented introspection and reflection guide our self-understanding relative to our mission, choices, intellectual inquiry, and engagement with the world.

Cura Personalis

The Latin expression—meaning “care for the whole person”—is a cornerstone of the Jesuit tradition that features personalized attention to individuals’ unique needs and circumstances, including spirituality, as well as a celebration of the special talents they contribute to communities.


A robust community derives its strength from the individuals within it—including their cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds and unique perspectives—and actively supports an environment where commonalities and differences contribute to its uniqueness.


We strive for the highest quality in everything we do with a commitment to integrity.


Recognizing the range of perspectives and talents among students, faculty, staff, and the broader community, NHS promotes positive, productive, and professional interactions, as well as encourages individuals to voice differing viewpoints in a way that assumes the best intention.

Social Justice

Within the context of health and higher education, creating a more just society calls for the support of the intellectual growth and professional aspirations of individuals from all backgrounds and the creation and dissemination of knowledge that promotes equity in health with a focus on the social determinants of health and human rights.

Value of the Common Good

The organization aligns around a unified goal of collective responsibility that promotes maximum health and human flourishing among individuals, families, and communities with a special emphasis on those who are marginalized and underserved.

The Mission, Vision, Values were approved by votes of the Executive Faculty of the School of Nursing & Health Studies on May 28, 2014 (values) and December 9, 2014 (mission and vision).