CNYMPH Program Accreditation

Accreditation Process

The Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) is the independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit graduate schools of public health and certain public health programs outside of the schools of public health.

CNYMPH Self Study

Submitted In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements for Accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health. Third party comments will be accepted by the Council on Education for Public Health until October 7, 2013. Comments are to be mailed to: Council on Education for Public Health, 1010 Wayne Ave, Suite 220, Silver Springs, MD 20910.

CEPH assists schools and programs in evaluating the quality of their instructional, research, and service efforts, and grants accreditation to those schools and programs that meet its published criteria. These schools and programs prepare students for entry into careers in public health.

CEPH's accreditation procedures require that the program undertake a self-evaluation, submit a self-study document and host a team of qualified peer reviewers who validate the self-study during an on-site visit to the campus. The CNYMPH Program currently plans to seek accreditation of its public health program and will undergo the comprehensive self-study process. The entire accreditation process may take up to three years according to the proposed timeline.

Why is Accreditation Important to CNYMPH?

The following benefits, taken in part from the CEPH website, are just some of the many benefits of accreditation:

  1. For the public, accreditation promotes the health, safety and welfare of society by assuring competent public health professionals.
  2. 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 standards established by and with the profession.
  3. For prospective employers, it provides assurance that the curriculum covers essential skills and knowledge needed for today's jobs.
  4. For graduates, it promotes professional mobility and enhances employment opportunities in positions that base eligibility upon graduation from an accredited school or program.
  5. 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.
  6. For the profession, it advances the field by promoting standards of practice and advocating rigorous preparation.
  7. For foundations and other private funding sources, it represents a highly desirable indicator of a program's quality and viability.
  8. For faculty members and administrators, the accreditation process promotes ongoing self-evaluation and continuous improvement, and provides an effective system for accountability. It also ensures that the Faculty puts into place, and monitors, policies and procedures that enhance teaching and learning, research development and productivity, and community service.
  9. Accreditation will enhance the national and international reputation of the CNYMPH program.

As the self-study process unfolds there will be numerous opportunities for faculty, staff and students to be involved. At various times faculty, staff, student representatives, and members of the local public health community may be contacted to provide information for the self-study report. We encourage you to take an active interest in the accreditation self-study process, to engage fully in the opportunities for documentation review, and to provide feedback at any time.

For more information about the accreditation process, please contact: