Notice of Accreditation Process

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) site visit scheduled for April 20-22, 2020, has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Education requires an onsite visit for this agency’s accreditation, so a virtual visit is not an option. The School of Public Health is working with CEPH to reschedule the onsite meeting for the fall 2020 semester. Updated information will be posted as soon as it is available.



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.

CEPH Accredited programs logoWe 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

Our Journey

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. 

A photo of Linda Alexander.
Linda Alexander, EdD
West Virginia University
Senior Associate Dean for Academic, Student and Faculty Affairs, Academic & Student Affairs
Professor, Social and Behavioral Sciences