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CEPH Accreditation Criteria for Schools of Public Health

This link takes you to the complete CEPH accreditation criteria for Schools of Public Health. The 27 criteria are grouped into four large categories: The School of Public Health - institutional mission, evaluation and planning systems, institutional environment, governance and resources; Instructional Programs - professional and academic degree programs, competencies, and assessment procedures; Creation, Application and Advancement of Knowledge - research, service, and workforce development initiatives within the School; and Faculty, Staff and Students - qualifications, policies and procedures, recruitment, and services. CEPH provides guidance on the interpretation of each of the 27 criteria, and identifies specific forms of documentation that should be used to demonstrate how we fulfill the expectations for accreditation.

Self-Study Ratings

Upon completion of our self-study, a peer-review team designated by CEPH will conduct an on-site visit to validate the information reported in the self-study. The site visit team then submits a written report to the CEPH Board of Councilors assessing the extent to which we have complied with each of the established accreditation criteria. Together the self-study and site-review report are the basis for CEPH's accreditation decision.

CEPH uses the following terminology to evaluate each criterion:

  • This criterion is met.
    The school or program fully complies with or exceeds the expectations embodied in the criterion.
  • This criterion is met with commentary.
    The school or program evidences the minimum characteristics expected by the criterion, but some aspects of performance could be strengthened.
  • This criterion is partially met.
    The school or program fails to meet one or more parts of the multiple-part criterion or one or more components of the school or program fails to meet the standard.
  • This criterion is not met.
    The school or program fails to meet the criterion in its entirety or performs so poorly in regard to the criterion that the efforts of the school or program are found to be unacceptable.

Possible Accreditation Outcomes

At the next regularly scheduled meeting following completion of the site visit report, the CEPH Board of Councilors will review the report. A copy of the self-study and supplementary materials will be available at the meeting for review.

Possible accreditation decisions by the Council include the following:

  1. Accreditation
    A school or program demonstrates minimum compliance with all applicable CEPH criteria. Accreditation may be conferred with requirements for interim reports or other types of follow up.

  2. Extension of Term
    A school or program seeking to make a transition from one accreditation category to another fails to meet the requirements for accreditation under the new category but may be awarded one additional year on its existing term under the original accreditation category. An extension of term may also be used when the Council agrees to postpone a regularly scheduled visit for extraordinary reasons or when it determines, on the basis of an interim report, that a school or program has demonstrated that it meets all accreditation criteria.

  3. Denial of Accreditation
    A school or program in applicant status does not meet the criteria for accreditation.

  4. Probationary Accreditation
    An already accredited school or program is judged deficient in resources and procedures to continue to accomplish its stated mission and objectives, or fails to meet the requirements for its reaccreditation review or interim report requirements. This status is conferred for a specific length of time but may not exceed three years in total, including up to two years in which the school or program must come into compliance with the accreditation criteria and, failing to do so, the additional time accorded to the applicant to remedy the deficiencies if the school or program shows good cause.

  5. Revocation of Accreditation
    A school or program does not meet the criteria for continued accreditation, or does not permit a reevaluation after proper notice by CEPH. Revocation also applies when an institution disestablishes or closes a school or program.

Accreditation status is granted for a specified period of time during which the accreditation status remains valid. Schools are typically subject to review on a seven-year cycle, with the exception of those schools seeking initial accreditation which are eligible for a maximum term of five years.

CEPH Accreditation Procedures

This link takes you to the document that describes the complete procedures used by CEPH in the accreditation process.

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