SMU's Values

We're more than a top health professions university. SMU is committed to training students in the importance of social determinants of health and how to care for patients from diverse backgrounds with integrity and compassion.  

If you're interested in transforming the care experience in diverse communities, SMU could be the place for you. SMU students learn to advance health equity and make a lasting impact on individuals' health and community well-being. At the core of our educational values are hands-on, experiential learning; the promotion of diversity and inclusion; and community-service outreach, locally and globally. 

We embrace:

  • A learning environment where we challenge ourselves and our students to think critically, seek mastery, and act compassionately 
  • A collegial environment where we are fair, respectful, and behave with integrity
  • A collaborative environment where we partner with one another and with others in the community
  • An innovative environment where we take reasoned risks and move nimbly
  • A results-oriented environment where we provide and expect exceptional performance and service
Hands-on learning in simulation lab

Hands-on Learning

Our curriculum prepares you to put theory into practice in simulated and real situations.

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Students walking around Lake Merritt

Diversity & Inclusion

We prepare students to become compassionate health leaders committed to advancing health equity.

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Community outreach Allen Temple health fair

Community Outreach

Our students, faculty, and staff regularly provide health care and education outreach by volunteering at local churches, hosting free public health clinics, and offering mentorship programs to young people. We are proud to serve our neighbors locally and globally.

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