In June 2016, The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) Board of Councilors accredited the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. The school received a ‘met’ finding, the highest possible, on all criteria evaluated and the school’s initial school-level accreditation is for a five-year term, extending through July 1, 2021.
2021 CEPH Reaccreditation Visit
The School is currently seeking reaccreditation from CEPH, and a team of external reviewers selected by the Council conducted a reaccreditation site visit on February 22-24, 2021. CEPH will make its decision on August 26, 2021 and SPH will receive notification within 30 days of the Council’s decision.
The Georgia State 2021 self-study document can be found here. The CEPH 2021 site visit team’s report will be posted here in September 2021.
CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs outside schools of public health.
Brief History of our Accreditation
Georgia State’s Master of Public Health (MPH) degree has been accredited as a program by CEPH since 2007—making us the first public university in Atlanta to gain that distinction. The School began the rigorous process to transition from its MPH program-level-only accreditation to its new full school-level accreditation in 2013. This 2016 CEPH decision and school-level accreditation through July 1, 2021 was the culmination of that three-year process that involved the efforts of faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners. The School is currently seeking reaccreditation from CEPH, and a team of external reviewers selected by the Council conducted a reaccreditation site visit on February 22-24, 2021. CEPH will make its decision on August 26, 2021 and SPH will receive notification within 30 days of the Council’s decision.
Why is CEPH Accreditation Important to the School of Public Health at Georgia State?
CEPH accreditation sets a standard by which all accredited schools of public health work to enhance health in human populations, through organized community effort. Accreditation assures the public that the school has met the most up-to-date standards established by the public health profession in the areas the school’s instruction, research, service, governance and administration. It gives the school’s students, instructors, and researchers eligibility for a greater number of funding and fellowship opportunities. Accreditation also assures students and their future employers that the school’s curriculum equips our graduates with the skills and knowledge needed for 21st century public health jobs. Finally, CEPH accreditation allows the school to be a member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH, formerly ASPH), whose mission is to strengthen the capacity of members by advancing leadership, excellence, and collaboration for academic public health.