Adhering to a Higher Standard


The School of Public Health is preparing the next generation of population health leaders. In addition to access to hands-on, experiential learning and research opportunities, the School offers a rigorous curriculum taught by experts in their fields.

We are one of only 63 schools of public health to receive national accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. Being a CEPH-accredited school provides our students with additional resources and opportunities, as well as the assurance that the WVU School of Public Health delivers quality educational experiences for all students.

West Virginia University has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for a five-year term, extending through July 1, 2020.

Our Journey

The School undertook the exciting journey toward becoming an accredited school of public health through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Our petition to begin the process toward school accreditation was accepted in June 2012. During this time, the already solid accreditation status of our strong programs did not change. 

  • CEPH-accredited Master of Public Health. On October 20, 2008, CEPH reaccredited our MPH program for the maximum seven-year term.
  • CEPH does not accredit PhD programs. Our PhD in Public Health Sciences program, with its strong record of student research achievement/placement, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. As we progressed from affiliate school of public health status to accredited school status, all of the programs of the school were evaluated under the CEPH school accreditation rubric.
  • The Master of Science in School Health Education program is a unique national program. It builds upon our NCATE-accredited undergraduate certificate in Health Education, grades K-12. Our program is designed to build toward NCATE standards and deliberately includes CEPH core public health competencies.

Review our 2014 Self-study Report.

Application for School of Public Health Status

New schools undergo an intensive two-year period of self-study as part of their initial school accreditation process. (The self-study takes approximately two years; the journey outcome is often more like three years.)  This process was exciting for us, our students, and our colleagues, in West Virginia and beyond, who assisted in our growing mission to address rural health disparities.

For a copy of our final accreditation report, please contact:

A photo of Linda Alexander.

Linda Alexander, EdD

West Virginia University
Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Student and Faculty Affairs, Leadership
Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences