Accreditation

 

In October 2012, the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health was granted accreditation by the U.S. Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). This makes the School the first accredited school of public health in Canada, the second outside of the U.S. and the 50th in the world.

Accreditation means that the School of Public Health has voluntarily held itself to a set of quality standards, and will continue to do so. This positions the School to attract the brightest and best students and researchers.

  • Applicants and students can feel confident knowing that our School has received the stamp of approval from the only accrediting body of public health schools and programs in the world.
  • Employers can feel confident knowing that our graduates are well prepared to enter the workplace and take on challenges in a career that is focused on promoting and protecting the health of people.
  • The public can feel confident knowing that graduates from the School are well prepared professionals with the training needed to improve health by identifying, preventing and solving public health problems.

CEPH is sponsored by the American Public Health Association and the Association of Schools of Public Health in the United States.

To learn more about accreditation and what it means for students, the public and others we serve, please see Accreditation FAQs.

 

Accreditation FAQs

  • What is accreditation?

    Accreditation is a review by experts of the quality of higher education institutions and their programs. It is an important way for students, employers, government and the public know that an institution offers a quality program to successfully prepare students to work in their chosen field.

  • What does it mean to be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health?

    It means that the school and institution have met a variety of established standards related to organization; instructional programs; research activities; and faculty, staff and students.

  • What is the Council on Education for Public Health?

    The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.

    These schools and programs prepare students for entry into careers in public health. The primary professional degree is the master of public health (MPH) but other baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees are offered as well.

  • What is the purpose of the Council on Education for Public Health?

    The goal of the Council is to enhance health in human populations through organized community effort. The Council's focus is the improvement of health through the assurance of professional personnel who are able to identify, prevent and solve community health problems. This includes accrediting schools of public health and public health programs.

  • Why did the School of Public Health pursue accreditation by CEPH?

    The independent Council on Education for Public Health was established in 1974 by the American Public Health Association and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), the national organization representing deans, faculty and students of accredited schools of public health.

    CEPH has been accrediting schools of public health for 40 years. It is a private, nonprofit corporation with APHA and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (formerly ASPH) as its two corporate members.

    CEPH assures quality in public health education and training to achieve excellence in practice, research and service, through collaboration with organizational and community partners.

  • How does a school of public health become accredited?

    The accreditation process can take over a year, and may take several years. In addition to the initial application by a school, the process includes consultation with internal and external stakeholders, and the preparation of a comprehensive report that relates to each criterion for evaluation. Finally, a team of external expert reviewers identified by the Council conducts a two-day site visit.

  • Does CEPH accredit public health schools and programs outside of the U.S.?

    Yes, CEPH has accredited programs in Lebanon, West Indies and Canada.

    As of November 2012, the Council has accredited 50 school of public health. In addition to the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, there are 48 in the U.S. and one in Mexico.

    Accredited schools include:

    • Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • Harvard University, School of Public Health
    • Yale University, School of Public Health

    Canada’s accredited programs reside within:

    • Département de médecine sociale et preventive, Université de Montréal
    • Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University

  • What is the difference between a school and a program?

    The major difference visible to prospective students would be that schools of public health generally offer many more concentrations or specializations and degree offerings than public health programs.

    Schools must offer at least the MPH in the five areas of public health knowledge defined as core areas.

    Programs are only required to offer a single MPH degree. Also, schools must offer doctoral programs, while programs are not required to.

  • Is there a process to "certify" foreign degrees from institutions not accredited by CEPH?

    CEPH is the only organization that accredits schools of public health 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.

  • Are there any statistics about CEPH accredited schools and programs?

    CEPH has compiled data about the number of accredited schools and programs, accredited online degrees and applicants: accreditation statistics.

  • What does accreditation mean for prospective students?

    Prospective students can feel confident knowing that an accredited school has received the stamp of approval from the longest standing accrediting body in the world and has met professional standards of academic integrity and quality.

Adapted from the website of the Council on Education for Public Health.