Updates on accreditation process CEPH

June 30s, 2014
Welcome to our CEPH update:
  • 2011-2012: Updates to program, intense analysis of the program &
    “self- study” write were done.
  • Jan 4th 2013: The Self-Study has been sent to the CEPH!!
  • Feb 4-5 2013: CEPH team conducted site visit at PSMHS
  • March 2013:PSMHS Public Health Program received site report
  • May 2013: Comments, corrections and updates were sent to CEPH
  • June 6-8: CEPH board meeting reviews the PSMHS PHP application for accreditation.
  • April 29, 2014: PHP submitted 1 year progress report on 6 areas of CEPH concern
  • June 12-14: CEPH board determined compliance with 6 points in interim report. Next self-study review will be July 2018

In 2013, the PSMHS public health program sought accreditation from the Council on Education for Public health, the CEPH. This body reviews schools and programs on the quality of the activities in academia, research and service. (See http://ceph.org). Accreditation by CEPH is not easy to obtain and is an objective standard of public health program quality. We know we are offering students a great education in public health but CEPH review is the proof.

We’ve been updating our curriculum and many other processes. We’ve also spent the last several years summarizing almost every aspect of our program, updating policies and improving processes as part of the CEPH review. This work is summarized in our 2013 “self-study” (see pdf posted) and in our one year report in the spring of 2014. The self-study talks about the changes we’ve made in the last few years, our students, faculty, our curriculum, research, service and how we are trying to measure ourselves on specific indicators in all of these areas.

We want to be the best that we can be and it is easy to miss your own weaknesses. We sought written feedback from students, alumni and the health community; listened and revised. We did it. We are fully accredited with the next self-study due for review in July of 2018!

But our promise is that we will continue to listen and to improve our programs, services and public health research. Stay in touch and tell us how we can continually improve.
Thank you so much for partnering with us.

E Anne Peterson, MD, MPH
PSMHS Public Health Program Director



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