Mission: Our Reason for Being

The University Health Center exists to advance the well-being of students and other members of the University community in a way that supports academic success and student retention by providing:

primary and specialty health care,
prevention focused services, and
research and learning experiences which develop health knowledge and skills.

We strive for excellence in services that are student-centered, respectful, accessible, and offer satisfaction and value. As a campus health resource, the health center promotes individual and community health, teaches health and wellness, participates in research which increases knowledge about health care and student health needs, and participates in the education and training of future health care professionals.

Vision: Our Aim for Excellence

The University Health Center will be the overwhelming choice for highly accessible, personalized health and counseling services and related education of UGA students and their families. With our commitment to excellence, we will positively influence all areas of our campus community’s physical, social and emotional well-being in a way that contributes to their individual and collective success.

Our dedication to excellence and continuous service improvement will be shaped by the needs of our customers, our healing environment, new technology, and the science and art of medicine and counseling.

Values: Our Shared Beliefs

In carrying out the Mission of the University Health Center, we share the following basic values:

A Healthy, Healing Environment
We foster a setting where caring, compassion, and sensitivity give recognition to the needs of the whole person. We are committed to excellence as a means to positively impact all aspects of our campus community’s physical, social, and emotional health.

We accept individual and organizational responsibility to assure professional integrity, confidentiality and efficient use of resources.

We expand our knowledge and skills as an ongoing response to the changing health care environment and recognize that each contact with a student is an opportunity for health promotion and education.

Continuous Improvement and Innovation
We employ progressive, creative, and data driven approaches in meeting the changing needs of our students and staff.

We work in active partnership with our students, colleagues, the University, and the broader health care community. The health center will enthusiastically partner with University faculty, staff, and others who share our commitment to provide an environment fertile with opportunities for student growth and development, clinical training and greater understanding of health and human experiences.

Active Communication
We engage in respectful interaction which is direct, open and nonjudgmental.

Mutual Respect
We recognize the worth of the individual and respect the cultural differences which exist.

A Safe and Secure Environment
We consciously work to maintain a secure environment that values confidentiality and patient privacy and are prepared to respond to internal and external threats to staff and patient safety.