FAQs: 2016 Criteria - Public Health Bachelor's Degrees

  1. How do you define the I and C in the undergraduate curriculum?
  2. For the undergraduate competencies, you require students to communicate to diverse audiences. Does this mean that they have to go out into the community to make a presentation?
  3. I have a bachelor's degree as part of my unit of accreditation that also includes the MPH. Should I use the revised 2018 criteria for standalone baccalaureate programs?

1. How do you define the I and C in the undergraduate curriculum?

Each program is responsible for defining what 'introduced' and 'covered' mean. The evaluation of the appropriateness of how you map the curriculum to the required domains is part of the peer-review process. For more information, please watch this short video.

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2. For the undergraduate competencies, you require students to communicate to diverse audiences. Does this mean that they have to go out into the community to make a presentation?

The Council defines diverse audiences as audiences from an array of backgrounds, professions, communities, literacy levels, etc. For example, students would use different communication skills to advocate to a legislator, write an op-ed for a local newspaper, communicate health education findings in a brochure and present findings at a scientific conference.

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3. I have a bachelor's degree as part of my unit of accreditation that also includes the MPH. Should I use the revised 2018 criteria for standalone baccalaureate programs?

No. If your bachelor's degree is part of a public health program that includes the MPH, you will continue to use the revised 2016 criteria for schools and programs. The required curriculum for bachelor's degrees is defined in criteria D9-D13. If, however, the bachelor's degree is the sole degree level included in your unit of accreditation and your IAS was accepted by the Council after June 2018, you must follow the revised 2018 criteria for standalone baccalaureate programs.

If you have any questions about what is included in your unit of accreditation, contact a CEPH staff member.

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