Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Accreditation

The University of Maryland School of Public Health in College Park and the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Master of Public Health Program in Baltimore are each separately accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). In August 2014, we submitted an application to seek joint accreditation as a collaborative school of public health, a process that will be complete in Fall 2015. Read more about CEPH accreditation and the process of becoming a collaborative school below.

What is CEPH Accreditation?

The Council on Education for Public Health is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that serves as the national accreditation body for all schools and MPH programs in public health. Our School of Public Health was first accredited in 2010. During 2013-2015, we will be completing a rigorous and successful self-study, an "explicit process for evaluating and monitoring [the proposed school's] overall efforts against its mission, goals and objectives; for assessing the school's effectiveness in serving its various constituencies; and for planning to achieve its mission in the future."

Our completed self-study will be a rigorous assessment of our strategic plan, organizational evaluation and planning, administrative procedures, academic programs, contributions to research, service and workforce development, faculty resources and student learning. The accreditation guidelines divide these into four major criteria:

  1. The School of Public Health - the school’s mission; evaluation and planning; the institutional/university environment in which we are located; our organizational and administrative settings and structures; governance of the school and academic policies (rights, responsibilities, roles); resources (financial, personnel, facilities, libraries, field experience sites, etc.); policies and plans for achieving a diverse community.
  2. Instructional Programs - the range, content and administration of all our degree programs, including the MPH degree; core public health instruction; practical and culminating experiences; competencies; assessment procedures; and all other professional, academic, and doctoral degrees offered in the school.
  3. Creation, Application and Advancement of Knowledge - the ways in which the School contributes to the discovery of new knowledge, the application of knowledge through practice in the community, and continued education for public health professionals through the areas of research, service, and workforce development (consistent with the school’s mission).
  4. Faculty, Staff and Students - the policies, procedures, and resources to support faculty; faculty qualifications; policies and procedures for student recruitment and admissions, and advising and career counseling services.

Engaging our Constituents

This process will engage the faculty, students, staff, alumni and community members as active participants to help evaluate our activities as a School of Public Health, craft the self-study documents, and participate in meetings with site visitors from CEPH. Keep an eye on our website and be on the lookout for additional information about the accreditation process and how you can get involved. For questions about our accreditation process, please contact Ms. Pomietto or Dr. Quinn.  

What are the Benefits of Accreditation?

CEPH accreditation serves multiple purposes for different constituents. In general, specialized accreditation attests to the quality of an educational program that prepares for entry into a recognized profession.

  • For the public, accreditation promotes the health, safety and welfare of society by assuring competent public health professionals.
  • For prospective students and their parents, accreditation serves a consumer protection purpose. It provides assurance that the school or program has been evaluated and has met accepted standards established by and with the profession.
  • For prospective employers, it provides assurance that the curriculum covers essential skills and knowledge needed for today’s jobs.
  • For graduates, it promotes professional mobility and enhances employment opportunities in positions that base eligibility upon graduation from an accredited school or program.
  • For public health workers, it involves practitioners in the establishment of standards and assures that educational requirements reflect the current training needs of the profession.
  • For the profession, it advances the field by promoting standards of practice and advocating rigorous preparation.
  • For the federal government and other public funding agencies, it serves as a basis for determining eligibility for federally funded programs and student financial aid.
  • For foundations and other private funding sources, it represents a highly desirable indicator of a program’s quality and viability.
  • For the university, it provides a reliable basis for inter- and intra-institutional cooperative practices, including admissions and transfer of credit.
  • For the faculty and administrators, it promotes ongoing self-evaluation and continuous improvement and provides an effective system for accountability.
  • For the school or program, accreditation enhances its national reputation and represents peer recognition.

Timeline

Date Milestone
 12/1/2014 Preliminary Self-Study & Electronic Resource File Due to CEPH
12/29/14-3/29/15 All SPH constituents notified of accreditation review and opportunity to submit 3rd party comments to CEPH
1/29/15 Receipts of "comments letter" from CEPH Preliminary Reviewers on Preliminary Self-Study
3/30/15 Final Self-Study Document Due to CEPH
4/29/15-5/1/15 CEPH Official Site Visit
Sept. 2015-Oct. 2015 CEPH Board of Councilors Meeting, accreditation decision made
Oct. 2015-Nov. 2015

Receive official CEPH notification of accreditation decision 
(Within 30 days of CEPH Board of Councilors Meeting)