December 18, 2017

SCGH Receives High Marks from Public Health Education Agency

Jurupa Valley Heath Fair
The School of Community & Global Health has been recognized by a national accreditation agency for, among other things, its public health outreach.

This fall the university’s School of Community & Global Health earned a seven-year reaffirmation of its accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit public health schools and programs across the country.

“This is a very fulfilling way to end the year,” said Professor Darleen Peterson, who led the accreditation efforts on behalf of SCGH. “We appreciate the manner in which CEPH works with schools like ours to provide students with the highest-quality education in public health. It’s a partnership that benefits students and programs alike.”

Accreditation is the critical stamp of approval for institutions of higher education. CEPH is responsible for accrediting more than 100 public health schools and programs in the US, as well as many international ones, too.

CEPH’s report praised CGU’s program for its innovation, exemplary teaching, faculty mentoring, research, scholarship, field experiences, and internships.

The council’s final report also highlighted SCGH’s shared leadership practice, student and faculty diversity, and public health impact on communities surrounding the university.

The council approved a seven-year term of reaccreditation for the school, which marks the council’s maximum period of time for reaccreditation. The council’s reaffirmation also includes new accreditation for the university’s Doctorate of Public Health (DrPH) program, as well as a reaccreditation of the Master’s in Public Health (MPH) program.

Founded in 2008, SCGH was established to provide state-of-the-art training to students in areas addressing a variety of 21st-century public health issues and threats.

Since then, the school’s faculty and students have demonstrated leadership in the field with innovative work including the DrPH’s embedded practicum conducted with collaborating health agencies in Riverside County and the presence of health experts from around the Southland and beyond. This fall the school welcomed the arrival of Jay Orr, former executive officer of Riverside County, as a member of the SCGH faculty. Orr directs the school’s health leadership and management concentrations in the MPH and DrPH programs.

To learn more, visit the SCGH website.