The College of Public Health has received a full seven-year reaccreditation—the maximum term awarded-from the Council on Education for Public Health.
CEPH is the only independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools and programs of public health. Accreditation by CEPH provides assurance that the school or program has been evaluated and has met accepted standards established by the public health profession.
“Our reaccreditation not only affirms the strengths and accomplishments of the College of Public Health, but demonstrates our commitment to training the next generation of public health practitioners and scholars,” said Dr. Mark Wilson, associate dean for academic affairs.
Schools seeking accreditation are evaluated on criteria such as the program’s curriculum, student learning outcomes, resources, research opportunities as well as student and faculty interactions. For reaccreditation, schools are required by CEPH to conduct a self-study detailing how the school met each criterion.
The CEPH Board of Councilors acted at its Sept. 18-20 meeting to approve the college’s reaccreditation, extending it to Dec. 30, 2021. This was the CPH’s second review for accreditation as a school of public health. With its initial review in 2009, the college became the first CEPH accredited school of public health in the University System of Georgia.