Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs outside schools of public health. CEPH is the only organization that evaluates degrees offered in public health. schools and programs in the United States and internationally. There is no certification of public health degrees; rather the schools and programs that offer these degrees are either accredited or they are not
A university may have regional accreditation, which applies to the university as a whole, but may not have CEPH accreditation (called “specialized” or “programmatic” accreditation) which applies to public health degree programs. Regional accreditation focuses on macro-level, institutional issues that affect the entire university. It does not examine the specific curricula of public health or other specialized programs. Specialized accreditation, such as CEPH accreditation, focuses on the training in a particular field or profession. For example, there are specialized accreditors for nursing, teacher education, medicine, physical therapy and many other fields. CEPH is the only organization recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit public health schools and programs.
The institutions that offer CEPH-accredited or CEPH-applicant educational programs constitute the only verifiable estimate of US public health offerings.
REVIEW FOR ACCREDITATION OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM AT THE PONCE HEALTH SCIENCES UNIVERSITY
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