The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and certain public health programs.
The Kansas State University MPH Program received permission from the Kansas Board of Regents to pursue accreditation on 12 March 2009.
Kansas State University submitted a formal application to CEPH on 15 April 2009 to begin the accreditation process with them.
At their semiannual meeting in June 2009, the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH) formally approved Kansas State University's request to begin the accreditation process for our Master of Public Health Program.
The faculty, staff and administration worked together during the self-study period and compiled our report, as compared to the CEPH criteria for public health programs. The self-study document was then reviewed by multiple groups, to include faculty, department heads, deans, and the university's provost. We submitted the CEPH accreditation preliminary self-study document to reviewers on May 7, 2013.
After receiving recommendations for changes and clarifications from CEPH, and after working with faculty, staff and administration at Kansas State University, the MPH program revised the self-study report. The revised version was reviewed by the MPH Faculty Advisory Council and the MPH Executive Council (deans and department heads), and on September 9, 2013, the university provost approved the final version's submission to the CEPH Site Visit Team.
CEPH conducted a site visit to Kansas State University October 27-29, 2013. Team members included Elaine Auld MPH (CEO of the Society for Public Health Education), Stephanie Miles-Richardson, DVM, PhD (Director, MPH Program, Morehouse School of Medicine), Brittney Lilly, MPH and Kristen Force, MPH (Accreditation Specialists at CEPH). During their visit, the team had discussions with many of our administrators, faculty, students, alumni and area public health leaders. The CEPH staff sent a draft of the site team's report to Kansas State University in late December 2014.
At their June 12-14, 2014 meeting, the Council on Education for Public Health granted accreditation to the Kansas State University MPH program and sent the notification to Kansas State University President Schulz and the MPH Program Director, Dr. Cates.
In April 2015, the provost approved an interim report as required by CEPH in their 2014 letter to the university.
At their June 11-13, 2015 meeting, the Council on Education for Public Health reviewed the Interim Report and determined that the Kansas State University MPH program now is in compliance with all accreditation criteria. The next accreditation review is due before July 1, 2019.
The program submitted its first Annual Report to CEPH on December 4, 2015.
For those who want to know more about CEPH or about accreditation, here is their contact information:
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Spring, MD 20910, (202) 789-1050, Web: ceph.org