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The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredits schools of public health, and accreditation is a process of self-study and external review intended to evaluate, enhance, and publicly recognize quality in schools and programs of public health. A preliminary self-study has been sent to CEPH in December 2020, and we are now preparing for the remote site visit scheduled for May 17-19. 

We invite faculty, staff, students, alumni, the practice community, and other interested parties to provide written feedback to the CEPH site visit team. If interested, CEPH will accept third-party comments about the school’s program, practices, and procedures from stakeholders until April 17, 2021. Comments will remain confidential and will only be viewed by CEPH personnel. To share your comments, please contact Alisha O’Connell, MPH, Senior Accreditation Specialist:


Contributing allows you to reflect on FSPH’s work and make sure we’re holding ourselves to the highest standards.  The school is committed to supporting our community and responding to growing needs for public health.  With your feedback, we’ll ensure our programming and curriculum prepares students for a fulfilling career.


The report consists of 11 sections, all touching on different aspects of the school’s program. It allows the school and CEPH to systematically evaluate the current curricula, operations, resources, etc., against the expectations defined by CEPH criteria. The report will help us develop solutions or modifications to programming.

SectionTitleContent Description
AOrganizational and Administrative ProcessesFSPH governance structures, administrative processes, faculty and student involvement in decision making; instructional program; research and service; policy making
BCurriculum EffectivenessStudent outcomes and other indicators that FSPH has gathered are used to evaluate effectiveness of our instructional goals. This high-stakes section includes our guiding statements and needs to show how evaluations are used to make school-wide improvements
CResources: Fiscal, Faculty, Staff, Physical, ITFaculty resources to support students learning and career planning; school’s budget processes and funding sources; assessment of physical space and IT resources
D-aMPH DegreesHow the foundational public health knowledge and foundational competency learning objectives and learning experiences are met throughout the curriculum. How concentration competencies are met throughout the curriculum and specific courses
D-bAcademic Public Health and All Other DegreesHow the foundational public health knowledge learning objectives are met throughout the curriculum. Concentration competencies: demonstrated uniqueness and robust assessment methodology, including project or discovery-based papers (for MS and PhD degrees)
EFaculty Scholarship and Instructional SupportFaculty alignment with teaching; faculty and public health practice; faculty service
FCommunity InvolvementStudent involvement in community and professional service; community professional development needs and opportunities
GDiversity and Cultural CompetenceLearning environment; recruitment, retention of diverse faculty, students and staff; regular review to adjust strategies
HStudent ServicesAdvising; careers; complaint procedures; recruitment



October 2020
Volunteers review self-study draft and provide feedback and comments

December 2020
FSPH submits the first draft of the self-study report

February 2021
CEPH returns comments from preliminary review

April 2021
FSPH submits final self-study document

May 2021
CEPH conducts three-day site visit

July 2021
CEPH sends site visit report

October 2021
CEPH makes accreditation decision

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