Master of Public Health program receives five-year accreditation

The Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at Penn State Hershey has announced that its Master of Public Health (MPH) program was granted accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for a five-year term, the maximum possible for a new program, extending to July 1, 2019.

CEPH is the national accrediting body for schools and programs of public health. This vote by CEPH to approve accreditation status was the final step in the process that began in fall 2011 when the MPH program enrolled its first cohort of students.

“Having CEPH accreditation gives us formal and objective national recognition for the high quality of training that we are committed to providing our students as the next generation of public health practitioners,” said Roger Anderson, director of the Master of Public Health program.

The current two-year MPH program offers training in the applications of epidemiology and biostatistics, and builds skills related to the analysis and implementation of health care delivery models and systems, health economics and public health policy. The College of Medicine plans to expand the program by implementing a joint MD/MPH program slated to begin in the fall of 2015. In addition, work is underway to offer doctoral degree programs in public health.

“This is a major accomplishment for PHS and the College of Medicine,” said PHS Department Chair Vern Chinchilli. “It reflects many years of  hard work and dedication by all of us, faculty, staff, students and community stakeholders, who have supported and in various ways contributed  to the program’s success and to the accreditation process.” The Penn State Hershey program is the currently the only CEPH-accredited MPH program based  in central Pennsylvania, and is served by full-time faculty from the College of Medicine. Recent program graduates have been hired by local, regional and national public health agencies, while others have gone on to pursue doctoral training in public health.

For more information about the program, visit http://www2.med.psu.edu/phs.

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Last Updated June 26, 2014