Ensuring healthy lives & promoting well-being for all at all ages is the purpose of Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3). In addition, this goal strives to increase access to healthcare worldwide.

Actions, stories, & resources related to SDG 3: Good Health & Well-being as told in the 2021 Auburn University and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals report, & then expanded on below, illustrate Auburn’s impact. For an overview highlighting our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), please visit


Goal 3 aims to improve health and wellbeing for people of all ages everywhere. Good health and wellbeing include decreasing maternal and child mortality rates, increasing vaccinations, continuing to address HIV/AIDS, and providing access to essential health services worldwide.14 Goal 3 is one of the goals Auburn University engages with most, offering at least 30 courses and conducting no less than 47 research projects from 2016 to 2018 relating to good health and wellbeing. Goal 3 was the focus of more research projects undertaken from 2016-2018 than any other SDG.

The United Nations emphasizes the importance of equitable access to healthcare for all people, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or otherwise. Much of the health-related research and outreach conducted by Auburn University is focused on health equity. Auburn University has strong programs in health-related disciplines that encourage students and faculty to engage with health issues across the Auburn community, the state, the country, and the world. Promoting good health and wellbeing for all people enables everyone to achieve beyond their physiological needs and actualize a high quality of life.

View the 2021 report titled Auburn University and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for an overview of Auburn’s contributions to all the SDGs.

Actions at Auburn

The field of public health covers a diverse workforce, including policy, health care, clean water, clean air, infectious disease, and the environment. Offered by the College of Veterinary Medicine, the minor is offered to students in all majors and disciplines. The curriculum provides students with a broad understanding of the diversity of the public health field, socio-economic factors that influence access to healthcare, and determinants of disease. Emphases include obesity, diabetes, drug addiction, and infant mortality, which require policies, program funding, and sustained commitment at the local, national, and global levels.

Students in Public Health Minor SDG 3
kids with student in TigerCHAT: Photo courtesy of Donna Woods

The purpose of TigerCHAT (Community Health Awareness and Training) is to impact child health through a 12-week, school-based health education curriculum focused on nutrition, respiratory health, and mental health. The program serves 3rd to 6th grade students in three rural schools. TigerCHAT produced significant increases in nutritional knowledge and decreases in sedentary time. Enhanced education for rural children strengthens their health and wellbeing, thus empowering them to pursue a better future for themselves and their communities. The program is conducted by researchers and students in the College of Nursing.

Located in Northwest Auburn, the clinic offers health care services for Auburn residents who are uninsured, underinsured, or prefer proximal access to health care. The clinic allows students from diverse health care disciplines to collaborate to provide a broad range of wellness and primary health services. Administered by the Harrison College of Pharmacy, the clinic serves as an education and training center, offering a site for Auburn University students from multiple disciplines to engage with each other and learn how to treat patients from a variety of backgrounds in a real-life setting. Dr. Richard Hansen, Dean of the Harrison College of Pharmacy, says, “This clinic is perfectly aligned with our land grant mission of serving the people of Alabama.”

Boykin Community Clinic ribbon cutting: Image courtesy of Harrison School of Pharmacy

People & Stories

Clean Water, Sanitation, & Human Rights: What Do We Owe Our Neighbors?

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Directors Corner, February 2022 “Our collective failure to invest in adequate sanitation, clean drinking water, and effective response to pollution is taking life from the most vulnerable and marginalized among us.”  Bryan Stevenson What do you think?  Is access to clean water and sanitation a basic human right?  One would…

Alabama, Eradicate the Tampon Tax

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By Regan Moss. Menstruation is a shared experience for many female-bodied individuals. Despite the normalcy of having a menstrual cycle, pervasive stigmas surrounding female bodies and their functions persist. One of the most notable outcomes of the stigmas associated with periods and menstruators is the economic burden of supporting one’s…

Purchasing for Your Health & Our Planet

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You may have heard the phrase “your vote is your dollar”- where you choose to spend your money speaks to the products and services that you value and support. By purchasing products that minimize negative environmental impacts by using safe ingredients and ethical, energy-efficient manufacturing or from companies that demonstrate…


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Food insecurity amongst college students is an ever present reality on college campuses. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), food insecurity is defined as the “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods…

Take a Hike! It is good for your health & the well-being of society.

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By Wayde Morse, Associate Professor, Conservation Social Scientist, College of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Children drawn to a large Sequoia tree. Sometimes, when we have had enough, want to reduce some stress, just need to get away from it all – we go for a walk, or a run, or…

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