Notice of Accreditation Process and Opportunity to Provide Feedback
The West Virginia University School of Public Health (WVUSPH) is seeking reaccreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). A copy of our preliminary self-study can be found here.
The CEPH Site Visit Team will be on campus April 20-22, 2020. As part of the accreditation process, we invite you to provide any written comments prior to the scheduled Site Visit.
Please send your comments, no later than March 20, 2020, directly to CEPH, Attn: Ms. Alexandra DiOrio, at the address below:
Alexandra DiOrio, MPH, Accreditation Specialist
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (202) 789-1050
Adhering to a Higher Standard
The School of Public Health is preparing the next generation of population health leaders. In addition 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 67 schools of public health to receive national accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). 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.
CEPH does not accredit PhD programs. Doctoral programs that apply for CEPH-accredited status are seeking this accreditation for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree. However, our PhD in Public Health Sciences program – with its strong record of student research achievement and 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.
CEPH has accredited West Virginia University School of Public Health for a five-year term, extending through July 1, 2020.
Preparing for the Next Chapter
The West Virginia University School of Public Health’s preliminary Self-Study is currently being reviewed by the CEPH in preparation for the upcoming Site Visit. This phase of the reaccreditation process is called the preliminary review. For more details on the accreditation process click here.
The School’s petition to begin the process toward school accreditation though CEPH was accepted in June 2012 . During this time, the already solid accreditation status of our strong programs did not change. 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 closer to 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. Review our 2014 Self-study Report.
If you have questions about the accreditation process, please contact Dr. Linda Alexander, senior associate dean for academic, student and faculty affairs.