Public Health Sciences Programs Earn National Accreditation

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) recently awarded initial five-year accreditation to UNC Charlotte’s Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) and Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree programs.

Housed in the College of Health and Human Services’ Department of Public Health Sciences, the UNC Charlotte Public Health Program becomes the fourth in the state to earn CEPH accreditation, joining UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Greensboro, and East Carolina University. In total, CEPH has accredited 80 public health programs and 41 schools of public health worldwide.

“We are among a selective set of institutions that demonstrate the faculty talent and broad vision to prepare the next generation of public health workers,” said Andrew Harver, Ph. D., chair of Public Health Sciences. “We are committed to offering high quality programs at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and to working with our community partners who have supported the development of our programs with understanding and enthusiasm.”

E. Winters Mabry, MD, Health Director, Mecklenburg County Health Department noted, “National certification demonstrates how UNC Charlotte has strengthened its offerings, and become a resource for developing a highly trained public health workforce to meet current and emerging challenges, and to respond to the ongoing needs of our diverse community.”

“This accomplishment is a significant step in our strategic plan to increase our educational and research capacities in public health,” said Karen Schmaling, Ph.D., dean of the College of Health and Human Services. “The accreditation of the MSPH and BSPH programs, along with the accredited Master of Health Administration (MHA) program (accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education), reflects the commitment of UNC Charlotte to improving population health.”

Graduates of both the MSPH and BSPH programs are eligible to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credentialing exam. In addition, MSPH graduates may sit for the new Certified in Public Health (CPH) credentialing exam.

“We are committed to preparing effective public health practitioners versed in the rigors of applied research. ... Graduates who are prepared to meet the complex and growing needs of the Charlotte region,” added Michael Thompson, Dr.PH, coordinator of the MSPH program and lead organizer of the University’s CEPH accreditation efforts.

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About the Department of Public Health Sciences

The Department of Public Health Sciences responds to the needs of the region by engaging in interdisciplinary education and research programs that focus on public health outcomes from a social ecological perspective.  Committed to academic excellence, the new public health baccalaureate program (BSPH) and the master's degree program (MSPH) were accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in July 2009.  The Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree program received its initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) in November 2007.

About UNC Charlotte

A public research university, UNC Charlotte is the fourth largest campus among the 17 institutions of the University of North Carolina system. It is the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region, offering doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s programs. Fall 2008 enrollment was 23,300 students, including nearly 5,000 graduate students.

For more information contact, Dr. Andrew Harver, chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, at arharver@uncc.edu or 704. 687.8680.

 

Media contact:  Buffie Stephens, dbsteph1@uncc.edu, 704.687.5830.