Georgia Southern University

Mission, Vision, and Values


  • Our mission at the RHRI is to engage in interdisciplinary research that improves health outcomes, reduces health disparities in rural communities, and promotes the development of researchers examining rural health issues.


  • The Rural Health Research Institute will become the leading organization focused on improving the health of rural communities through interdisciplinary research and outreach.


  • The Rural Health Research Institute is guided by its:
      • Dedication to improve lives among rural and underserved populations
      • Pursuit of innovative strategies and methods to address pressing health needs of rural communities
      • Focus on creation and support of interdisciplinary research teams
      • Collaboration with community partners and stakeholders in addressing rural health issues
      • Recognition of the systemic nature of rural health disparities and the need for new ways to reduce them
      • Respect for the unique cultural environment of rural living
      • Leadership in training rural health researchers
      • Promotion of policies aimed at improving rural health at the local, state, and national levels


Rural Health Research Institute • P.O. Box 8028 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-7254 •