Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan

Our mission

The mission of the Graduate College of Rush University is to promote and assure excellence in research education and mentoring programs responsible for training outstanding and diverse candidates in the basic and clinical sciences. At Rush, the translation of bench research to the clinic is the primary focus of all programs. Using the practitioner-teacher model, faculty work side-by-side with the students in an effort to cure disease and bring the newest possible treatments to the patients. The programs of the college are flexible and responsive to the changing needs and experiences in their disciplines. The college promotes cooperative efforts in achieving high quality educational and research programs to prepare students for successful careers and lifelong professional development.

Our vision

Our graduates will become productive scientists, educators and leaders in their respective fields. In the arenas of academia, industry and government, they will compete successfully for funding and train the next generation of researchers and educators.

Strategic plan

  • Contribute to Rush University Medical Center being a top-ranked health sciences university
  • Attract, develop and produce the next generation of exceptional health care leaders and professionals
  • Achieve national recognition in defining processes to improve the quality and outcomes of health care delivery
  • Lead the development of innovative programs and partnerships that improve health education and improve disparities in our communities
  • Continue to attract exceptional professionals whose teamwork sustains the transformation of health care
  • Conduct leading-edge research that arises from centers of excellence in the delivery of superb care