Considering Accreditation

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.

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

How long does the process take?

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.

What are the first steps?

  1. Review CEPH’s Accreditation Criteria (for schools and programs or standalone baccalaureate programs) to ensure that you understand what the expectations for accreditation will be.

  2. Review CEPH’s Procedures Manual, with particular attention to the section that describes the application process.

  3. E-mail or call CEPH staff. We will be pleased to answer your questions and help you understand the process and can ensure that you receive notices about upcoming CEPH technical assistance presentations or webinars.

  4. Attend a Pre-Application Orientation Workshop (P-AOW). This free one-hour webinar is offered at least four times a year and provides an introduction to CEPH and an overview of the eligibility requirements for accreditation. See CEPH’s dates to remember for dates, times and registration links.

  5. If needed, request a consultation visit to begin your planning process.

  6. After your discussion with CEPH staff, plan a timeline for submitting your IAS. Submissions are considered on a rolling basis throughout the year.

  7. Use the IAS template for SPHs, PHPs or SBPs to prepare your submission and mail your IAS review fee to the CEPH office.

How do I submit an 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.

Prepare your IAS exactly as indicated in the CEPH Procedures Manual using the template for SPHs, PHPs or SBPs. Your submission should address each request by number/letter.

Experience suggests that the IAS will require three formal drafts before being deemed ready to forward to the Council for a decision. CEPH will return comments on any draft within two weeks of receipt. The IAS need not be submitted by a certain deadline and is accepted on a rolling basis. Your application will be considered at the next Council meeting for which the docket remains open.

Submit an electronic copy by email to