COVID-19 Related Updates

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Last updated: April 5, 2022

Beginning on March 1, 2022, all site visits will be conducted on campus. CEPH intends to continue the on-campus site visit format unless COVID conditions again make it unsafe to do so.

Please review the CEPH Return to on-campus visits policy for additional information on on-campus visits.

For information on the virtual site visits that CEPH conducted at earlier phases of the pandemic, please review the CEPH Virtual site visit policy.

Agenda templates for on-campus site visits (March 2022 - present)

If you have any questions about your upcoming accreditation review, contact your staff liaison or [email protected].

On March 17, 2020, the United States Department of Education issued guidance allowing recognized agencies to proceed with virtual site visits, on a temporary basis, on the condition that they are followed, within a reasonable time frame, by an in-person visit to campus.

In April 2021, CEPH staff began conducting in-person visits with units that hosted virtual site visits, and CEPH staff will continue conducting in-person visits to accompany virtual site visits as needed, and as conditions are safe to do so. Click here for more information on follow-up visits.

If you have any questions about your follow-up visit, contact [email protected].

What is CEPH guidance on proceeding with MPH/DrPH practice experiences and bachelor's-level cumulative/experiential activities?

CEPH expects schools and programs to have established and/or returned to non-emergency processes and procedures for practice experiences. Please note the following:

  • Criteria D5 & D6 (MPH & DrPH Practice Experiences) do not dictate a requirement for place-based work or a minimum number of hours. Please review the criteria document or contact your staff liaison for more information on requirements. This means that your normal, non-emergency processes for applied practice may (but are not required to) include provisions that allow for experiences other than traditional time- and place-based internships.
  • Students at the bachelor’s level (in an SPH, PHP, or SBP) are not required to complete an internship to satisfy the cumulative/experiential activities criterion. Other options noted in the criterion include portfolio projects, research papers, and honors theses.

What should we do if a component of our required curriculum, e.g., service learning or assessment activity for a specific competency, is no longer feasible?

You are expected to develop appropriate alternative assessments. Note that changes to competency mapping require the submission of a substantive change notice if they involve mapping the competency to a new course (“new” is defined as occurring since the Council last reviewed your curriculum against the competencies).

Note: the one exception relates to mapping for MPH foundational competency 21 (interprofessional work). If you have made a change to your assessment activity for this competency since the last review, even if the experience is in the same class, use this substantive change form. No form is required if you have an outstanding interim report due to the Council relating to MPH foundational competency 21.

If we have modified curricular requirements (e.g., assessments) or our delivery model (e.g., distance-based delivery) and these changes are still in place, are we required to submit a substantive change notice?

Yes, modifications that are still in place are now considered permanent.

This means that if you have modified course delivery to allow students to complete the degree while living outside a reasonable commuting distance to campus, you now offer a distance-based degree in CEPH’s definition. If you are not already recognized by CEPH as offering a distance-based degree, you must submit a notice of substantive change. You can see which degrees CEPH lists as distance-based by searching for your unit on CEPH’s degree search page.

Do we need to notify CEPH if we change from letter grading to pass/fail?

No, a substantive change notice is not required for this type of change.

If you have a question about a specific case, please contact your staff liaison or [email protected].

If you have any COVID-19 related questions not addressed above, contact your staff liaison or [email protected].