Considering Accreditation

To be eligible for CEPH accreditation, you must:

  1. Public health Program (PHP) & Schools of Public Health (SPH): Offer an MPH (or equivalent professional public health masters degree). You may (and, in the case of schools of public health, must) offer additional degrees, such as bachelor's and doctoral degrees.
  2. Standalone Baccalaureate Programs (SBP): Offer a bachelor's degree in a public health field that meets the curricular requirements defined in the Accreditation Criteria for Standalone Baccalaureate Programs
  3. Be located in a regionally accredited college or university (for US-based programs and schools). Learn more about international accreditation here.
  4. Prepare an initial application submission (IAS), as outlined in CEPH’s Procedures Manual, and be prepared to comply with the appropriate set of accreditation criteria.

The fee for accreditation review and all other fees are outlined in the CEPH fee schedule.

After accreditation, accredited schools and programs pay an annual support fee each year, including years in which there is an accreditation review. The fee schedule also outlines the fees for other services including consultation visits, which are required for all applicant schools and programs.  For further details on making payments, click here or email [email protected]

Follow this Checklist for Prospective Applicants to see a detailed overview of the steps toward submitting your IAS.

IAS Fast Facts for SBPs

IAS Fast Facts for PHPs

If you have not already done so, contact Kristen Varol (the CEPH staff contact for units considering accreditation)! We can often help you avoid common pitfalls and mistakes.

The review process for first-time accreditation is approximately three years from the date of acceptance of the IAS to the date of the Council’s official decision. See CEPH's FAQ document on time to accreditation for more information.