MPH program accredited by CEPH for maximum period, five years
In July 2012, our School leaders received notice of accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for five years, the maximum period of accreditation for a new program.
The Council on Education for Public Health, established in 1974 by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs. The Council aims to enhance health in human populations through organized community effort by assuring professional personnel who are able to identify, prevent and solve community health problems.
Public health schools and programs are evaluated against criteria that establish expectations for the program’s mission, goals, evaluation and planning, as well as its organizational setting, governance, resources, educational programs, research, service, faculty and students.
For accreditation, schools and programs are required by CEPH to submit a self-study report detailing how the program meets each criterion. A team of qualified peer reviewers conducts an on-site visit to validate the findings of the self-study. During the site visit, the team interviews school administrators, faculty, students, alumni, university officials and community leaders. The team also inspects the program’s facilities, examines documentation corroborating the self-study and prepares a report of its findings. The report is reviewed by the CEPH board responsible for granting accreditation.
The MPH program in the School of Community and Global Health submitted its accreditation self-study to CEPH in August 2011 and was visited by a review team in September 2011. The CEPH board reviewed and accepted the site team’s report during its June 2012 meeting.