2024 Criteria Revisions

At its March 1, 2024 meeting, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) adopted a revision of the Accreditation Criteria for Schools of Public Health and Public Health Programs. The revision, part of a process underway since 2020, addresses themes of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please note: these changes relate to criteria for accredited units in our SPH and PHP categories only—no changes relate to the criteria for Standalone Baccalaureate Programs (SBP).

Each accredited and applicant SPH and PHP received an individual letter via email by April 1, 2024 that explains how the revised criteria will or will not impact upcoming review activities.

CEPH will hosted a webinar on Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 2:00-3:00 pm ET that provided an overview of the revised criteria and included an opportunity to ask questions. Slides and a recording are available on the CEPH website.

Summary of revisions

Criterion Topic(s) Revisions
A1 & A3 Governance, Student Participation in
Policy Making
Units must describe efforts to include diverse voices in decision making
B1 Guiding Statements Guiding statements must address preparing students to work with diverse populations
B3 Graduation Rates Added 2 new pathways to compliance for units that do not meet current benchmarks
B5 Alumni Perceptions Units must collect data on alumni perceptions of their ability to work with diverse communities
D1-D3, D9-D10, D16-D18 Foundational Learning Objectives
& Competencies
Adjusted language in several learning objectives and competency statements
E1-E5 Faculty Minor adjustments to criteria language & documentation requests
F1 Community Involvement in Evaluation & Assessment Units must explain how partnerships align with mission, degree programs, and relevant student & community demographics
G1 Diversity Streamlined documentation requests & clarified expectations for collection of data on perceptions of climate
H1-H2 Advising Units must explain how they ensure that advisors understand the needs of a diverse student body

Important Documents

Implementation Plan

Timing of implementation

  • All site visits in 2024 will continue with current (2021) criteria
  • Reaccreditation site visits in 2025 will have the option to use current criteria or switch to new criteria
  • All reaccreditation site visits in 2026 or later will use updated criteria
  • All current applicants (units pursuing initial accreditation) have the option to use current criteria
    • Most applicants with initial accreditation site visits in 2025 or later will be invited to switch to new criteria if desired