2021 revisions to Accreditation Procedures

Based on an identified need to ensure clarity in CEPH’s role in ongoing monitoring of accredited units, the Council on Education for Public Health identified a need for minor edits in three specific areas of the Accreditation Procedures. The Council agreed in principle to these adjustments at its June 2-4, 2021 meeting, and, per CEPH policy, is now accepting public comments prior to official adoption.

View the proposed revisions here.

The changes include the following:

  • Adding an official requirement that units notify CEPH if the university in which they are housed is the subject of any official investigation by a state or federal governmental agency. As with other official notification requirements, CEPH will review the notice, and the typical next step would be to request additional written information, if needed, to assess how the investigation relates to the unit (or does not).
  • Consolidating and clarifying existing information (and adding the new state/federal government investigation notice) on CEPH’s obligation to monitor compliance in between full self-study submissions.
  • Adjusting the language on preliminary self-study reviews to introduce greater flexibility in volunteer site visit chair workloads.

How to comment:

All comments must be emailed to submissions@ceph.org by Thursday, August 12, 2021 with the subject line “Accreditation Procedures” and must be submitted using this form.

Next steps:

At its summer meeting on August 26, 2021, the Council will consider the comments received and adopt an updated Accreditation Procedures document. The revised document will be available on the CEPH website with 30 days of the meeting’s completion and will be effective immediately.