1. Can you tell me about consultation visits?
  2. I think I need to submit a substantive change notice. What do I need to do?
  3. What process must an accredited program go through if it wishes to transition to an accredited school of public health?
  4. Can you provide guidance about preparing an interim report?
  5. How do I go about preparing a response to the site visit team’s draft report?
  6. What is the timeline for my next site visit and what years of data will I have to report on?
  7. What would constitute adequate faculty resources for my school or program?
  8. How do I track and report graduation rates?
  9. How do I collect and report job placement rates?
  10. What are third-party comments and how do I request them?
  11. How do I document other professional and academic degrees (OPADs) in the self-study for a school of public health?
  12. What is a “collaborative” school or program?
  13. What is my school or program’s initial date of accreditation?
  14. Do you have any statistics about CEPH accreditation?
  15. Can you tell me more about the annual reporting process?

1. Can you tell me about consultation visits?

  • All schools and programs with applications accepted by the Council must have a consultation visit.
  • All schools and programs outside the US must have a consultation visit before submitting an application.

Consultation visits are not mandatory for, but may be helpful to, the following groups:

  • Universities considering developing an accredited MPH program or school of public health
  • Unaccredited MPH programs interested in applying for accreditation
  • Accredited schools and programs with reaccreditation reviews in the coming one to two years
  • Accredited schools and programs considering significant structural or curricular changes

More information about consultation visits

2. I think I need to submit a substantive change notice. What do I need to do?

A substantive change notice is a document that updates CEPH of a change or changes that you have made within your accredited school or program.
CEPH’s Accreditation Procedures requires that accredited schools and programs provide prior notice to the Council of any substantive change.

More information about substantive change notices

3. What process must an accredited program go through if it wishes to transition to an accredited school of public health?

CEPH’s Accreditation Procedures discuss “seeking change in category,” when a CEPH-accredited program wishes to become a CEPH-accredited school, on p. 8. In brief, you will complete an application, prepare a full self-study using the appropriate criteria, host an on-site visit and undergo a full Council review.

More information about transitioning from a program to a school

4. Can you provide guidance about preparing an interim report?

Accredited schools and programs are required to submit interim reports when the Council finds non-compliance with one or more accreditation criteria. When the Council finds the school or program “partially met” or “not met” on any criterion, the school or program must resolve the issue(s) to come into compliance. Interim reports are the means for documenting that the school or program has resolved the issue(s).

More information about interim reports

5. How do I go about preparing a response to the site visit team’s draft report?

Schools and programs who have undergone a full accreditation review have the opportunity to respond to the team’s draft report before it is reviewed by the Council for an accreditation decision.

More information about preparing a response

6. What is the timeline for my next site visit and what years of data will I have to report on?

Schools and programs can plan for the next accreditation review as soon as an application is accepted (for applicants) or a term of accreditation is granted.

More information about timelines and reporting years

7. What would constitute adequate faculty resources for my school or program?

A number of factors are considered when determining whether a school or program has adequate faculty resources including appropriate training and experience, sufficient primary and secondary faculty, student-faculty ratios and organizational and geographic context.

More information about faculty resources

8. How do I track and report graduation rates?

Reporting accurate graduation rates requires detailed tracking. CEPH provides answers to the most frequently asked questions related to part- vs. full-time students, bachelor’s vs. master’s students, joint-degree students and those who change their major or area of study after enrolling.

More information about graduation rates

9. How do I collect and report job placement rates?

Reporting accurate job placement rates is an important part of accreditation requirements. CEPH understands that this can be challenging and provides strategies regarding how and when to administer surveys, answers to why this reporting is required and an example timeline for collecting and reporting information.

More information about job placement rates

10. What are third-party comments and how do I request them?

The request for third-party comments provides a school or program’s stakeholders with the opportunity to submit feedback to CEPH on the school or program and its practices, procedures and policies.

More information about third-party comments

11. How I document other professional and academic degrees (OPADs) in the self-study for a school of public health?

Schools of public health that offer non-public-health professional degree programs must respond to Criteria 2.8 and 2.10. Schools often ask for clarification about how to respond to documentation requests in these and other sections of the self-study.

More information about other professional and academic degrees

12. What is a “collaborative” school or program?

CEPH defines collaborative schools and programs as sponsored by more than one institution of higher education but operated as a single organizational unit.

More information about collaboratives

13. What is my school or program’s initial date of accreditation?

For schools and programs accredited for the first time after September 2014, the initial accreditation date accounts for the self-study and site visit process.

More information about initial accreditation date

14. Do you have any statistics about CEPH accreditation?

CEPH has compiled data about the number of accredited schools and programs, accredited online degrees and applicants.

CEPH accreditation statistics
Time to accreditation statistics

15. Can you tell me more about the annual reporting process?

CEPH has compiled frequently asked questions – related to both the purpose and mechanics of web entry – related to the annual reporting process.

More information about CEPH annual report