1. What is baccalaureate accreditation?
  2. What is the timeline for accreditation of Standalone Baccalaureate Programs?
  3. The criteria refer to templates in the required documentation. Where can I find these templates?
  4. Are Standalone Baccalaureate Programs considered a “second-tier” of CEPH accreditation?
  5. How do the criteria for Standalone Baccalaureate Programs (SBP) compare to the criteria pertaining to baccalaureate-level programs within an accredited School of Public Health (SPH) or Public Health Program (PHP)?
  6. My program is a community health education program and I don’t see community health education mentioned anywhere in the criteria. Is my program eligible for accreditation?
  7. I see that the faculty qualifications section of the criteria calls for the program leader to have educational qualifications and professional experience in a public health discipline. I have PhD in Health Education. Do I meet this standard?
  8. What if my program is SABPAC approved?
  9. Does CEPH accreditation cost more than SABPAC approval?
  10. Can I become a site visitor for standalone baccalaureate programs?

1. What is baccalaureate accreditation

For a comprehensive answer to this question, please see the History and Overview of Baccalaureate Accreditation.

2. What is the timeline for accreditation of Standalone Baccalaureate Programs?

Based upon information from currently accredited baccalaureate programs, the process (from IAS to accreditation decision) takes approximately one and a half to two years, barring any extensions. If you have questions about the criteria, the timeline, the application or anything else at all, please call CEPH. We would be happy to talk with you. In fact, we encourage you to call or email us to let us know if you are thinking about applying. Our goal is to help every applicant be successful and we work with programs to make that happen. Deja Jennings will be able to answer your questions or direct you to somebody who can.

3. The criteria refer to templates in the required documentation. Where can I find these templates?

Templates for the SBP self-study can be found on the CEPH website using the “Data Templates” link or by clicking here.

If you are interested in applying for CEPH accreditation, the template required for the SBP initial application submission can be found on CEPH’s website using the “IAS Templates” link under “Quick Links” or by clicking here.

4. Are Standalone Baccalaureate Programs considered a “second-tier” of CEPH accreditation?

There is no “second tier” as far as accreditation is concerned. There are necessarily different criteria for baccalaureate and graduate public health degrees, but no levels, classes or tiers.

There is no “gold, silver and bronze” when it comes to accreditation. All schools and programs accredited by CEPH have met the criteria specified for their unique organizational settings and their degree levels. All will appear on our list of accredited schools and programs.

5. How do the criteria for Standalone Baccalaureate Programs (SBP) compare to the criteria pertaining to baccalaureate-level programs within an accredited School of Public Health (SPH) or Public Health Program (PHP)?

CEPH already accredits baccalaureate-level programs which are administratively located in schools of public health or in the same organizational unit (ie, using the same faculty, administrative processes, etc.) as an MPH program. CEPH cannot provide a side by side comparison of the SBP, PHP and SPH criteria because some things do not translate in an undergraduate-only world. For example, there are certain criteria (eg, workforce development or research) which appear in the criteria relating to graduate degree programs because they are graduate degree programs. They are absent from the SBP criteria because we believe that they are not appropriate for all baccalaureate-only programs. Since undergraduate programs accredited in conjunction with graduate-level programs are integrated into schools or departments, CEPH looks at the whole unit of accreditation and addresses many criteria within that context.

The standalone criteria are specific to baccalaureate-only programs, but they are not less rigorous – they are simply different. If you want to read the criteria for the associated programs, they are easily accessible on our website through “Quick Links” on the home page. Keep in mind that programs must address their baccalaureate program as they answer each criterion throughout – as well as the specific criterion relevant to curriculum.

6. My program is a community health education program and I don’t see community health education mentioned anywhere in the criteria. Is my program eligible for accreditation?

Yes! CEPH views community health education as an integral component of public health. In other words, community health education would be considered your program’s “focus” or “specialty” within public health. Community health education programs would need to meet the same CEPH curricular requirements outlined in Criterion 4.0, but may also specify other requirements applicable to the focus area – for example, the NCHEC competencies. Many of the NCHEC competencies overlap with the CCEs and can be addressed simultaneously. A curriculum map (competencies and CCEs on the vertical axis and courses on the horizontal axis) will show you where any gaps may be. CEPH staff would be happy to talk with you about this and work with you on the best way to portray your focus in accreditation documents.

7. I see that the faculty qualifications section of the criteria calls for the program leader to have educational qualifications and professional experience in a public health discipline. I have a PhD in health education. Do I meet this standard?

Yes! On page 16of the SBP Criteria, CEPH provides a glossary of terms. A “public health discipline” is defined as:

“a degree entitled “public health” or a degree in a public health concentration or specialty area. These areas may include, but are not limited to, fields of study such as health education/promotion, global health, health services research, maternal and child health, health economics, epidemiology or public health nutrition. This set of examples is not intended to be exhaustive.”

Again, CEPH views health education as an integral component of public health. We have a long history of considering health education as a public health discipline.

8. What if my program is SABPAC approved?

SABPAC no longer exists. Any program, regardless of prior SABPAC approval, that wishes to pursue CEPH accreditation has to follow all policies and procedures related to the CEPH accreditation process. To learn more about the Initial Application Submission (IAS), click here. If you have any questions about the application and accreditation processes, please contact Deja Jennings.

9. How much does CEPH accreditation cost?

The CEPH fee schedule can be found here.

10. Can I become a site visitor for standalone baccalaureate programs?

We are very excited and encouraged by the high level of interest from potential SBP site visitors. However, at this time we are not actively recruiting SBP site visitors.

If you do not see your question answered here, or would like to suggest a question for this page, please email Deja Jennings at djennings@ceph.org ffor further assistance.