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The Grand Valley State University's Master of Public Health (MPH) program is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) as a Public Health Program.
Our MPH program received CEPH accreditation in June 2016. The accreditation term extends until July 1, 2024, pending the program's continued documentation of compliance through annual reporting, and any other reporting required by the Council. The official accreditation report and final self-study are available upon request; to obtain copies, please contact our program director, Dr. Ranelle Brew.
CEPH accreditation serves multiple purposes. In general, accreditation attests to the quality of an educational program that prepares for entry into a recognized profession.
CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and graduate public health programs outside schools of public health. Their mission is to assure quality in public health education and training to achieve excellence in practice, research and service, through collaboration with organizational and community partners. 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.
The Council’s objectives are:
CEPH protects the interests of students and the public by supporting the development of successful public health schools and programs, valuing:
Learn more about the Council on Education for Public Health.
~adapted from https://ceph.org/about/org-info
In general, there are three major practical implications for students of receiving a public health graduate degree from a non-accredited institution:
Attending a CEPH-accredited unit means that you know that your degree program has completed a multi-level review and was found to meet the nationally-agreed-upon standards developed by public health academics and practitioners.
~from CEPH: https://ceph.org/constituents/students/faqs/#2