Accreditation & Membership


CEPH logoThe MPH and DrPH programs were accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in October 2017 for the maximum period of seven years. The MPH program was initially accredited by the CEPH in July 2012.

CEPH was established in 1974 by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health (ASPPH), 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 public health programs in the School of Community and Global Health submitted an accreditation self-study to CEPH in April 2017 and was visited by a review team in May 2017. CEPH Board of Councilors acted at its October 5-7, 2017 meeting to accredit the Public Health Program at Claremont Graduate University for a seven-year term, extending to December 31, 2024. As an element of this review process, the program added a DrPH degree to the unit of accreditation. An electronic copy of the final report of the site visit team (PDF) is available by email. Please contact Dr. Darleen Peterson, MPH Program Director, at

Interested parties may read our final self-study report available below.

Comments or questions regarding public health program accreditation may be sent to the MPH Program Director at

For more information about the accreditation process, click here:

Specialized & Professional Accreditation: What Should I Know?

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