Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

Affirming the quality of UNE’s Public Health program

Master's CEPH Accredited Public Health

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

About UNE’s public health CEPH accreditation

The Master of Public Health and Graduate Certificate in Public Health programs at the University of New England are accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Click here for a statement from UNE president regarding GPPH’s CEPH accreditation status.

CEPH Accreditation Update as of February 2019
from the Director of our Graduate Programs in Public Health, Nang H. Tin Maung, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Nang Tin Maung, Field Practicum Coordinator, UNE Public HealthThe Graduate Programs in Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The current accreditation is valid until June, 2019 and we recently hosted a site visit to renew our accreditation status. On December 10th and 11th, we hosted three site visitors from CEPH, who met with various stakeholders including the program administration, faculty, students, alumni, community partners and UNE leaders.

I am excited to share with you that the entire site visit went very well. During the exit briefing, the site visitors shared that we are compliant on thirty-three (33) of thirty-five (35) criteria. The remaining two (2) criteria were “partially met.” Details of the findings are outlined in the draft report by the site visitors.

Though these results are preliminary and the Council has the discretion to change them positively or negatively, we are very pleased with the results. CEPH congratulated us on the program improvements adopted in the past few years.

The two “partially met” findings have to do with 1.) updating the alumni survey to include a question on usefulness of program competencies in practice, and 2.) ensuring that all students are taught and assessed foundational competency #21: Performing Effectively in Interprofessional Teams.

We have already begun working on the two partially met criteria and we will have an opportunity to respond in writing by May 2, 2019 on our plans and progress. The Council will consider the findings based on the site visit report and the additional materials that we send regarding our efforts to address the two partially met criteria.

The Council makes the final decision in June 2019 and will communicate with us in writing before the end of July 2019.

Thank you to all the students, faculty, and staff who supported us during this valuable process.  We are a stronger program because of your help and efforts.

*The 2016 self-study submitted to CEPH and the CEPH team report regarding the 2016 site visit are available upon request. To obtain a copy, please contact Nang H. Tin Maung at ntinmaung@une.edu.

The importance of CEPH accreditation

The University of New England is listed on CEPH’s “Schools of Public Health and Public Health Programs” list. To view UNE’s listing on the official CEPH website, click here. The CEPH website also has an extensive FAQ section on the importance of accreditation

CEPH accreditation attests to the quality of UNE’s educational program

  • For graduates, it promotes professional mobility and enhances employment opportunities in positions that base eligibility upon graduation from an accredited school or program.
  • 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 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.
     

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