Considering Accreditation

  1. Who is eligible?
  2. How much does accreditation cost?
  3. How do I get started and submit an application?
  4. How long does it take to get accredited after I become an applicant?

1. Who is eligible?

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). For information on international eligibility, see CEPH’s Procedures Manual and contact CEPH staff.

  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.

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2. How much does accreditation cost?

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 officeadmin@ceph.org

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3. How do I get started and submit an application?

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

If you have not already done so, contact CEPH staff by email or phone! We can often help you avoid common pitfalls and mistakes.

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4. How long does it take to get accredited after I become an applicant?

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. 

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