A message from Dean Laura A. Siminoff:
I am proud to announce that the College of Public Health has been fully accredited as a school of public health by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The college is now one of two CEPH-accredited schools of public health in the Philadelphia region, and one of three in the state of Pennsylvania.
This is a significant milestone for the college, and it underscores our broader growth as an educational and research institution. CEPH accreditation affirms specific characteristics of a high-performing school: quality of education and training, excellence in practice, research and service, and collaboration with organizational and community leaders.
I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to describe our college. We define ourselves through our innovative approach to public health education and research, our interprofessional collaboration, and our partnerships in the community—and it is only fitting that this accreditation reflects those characteristics.
In its final report, CEPH highlighted some of the college’s strengths, recognizing (among many others) our faculty’s passion and commitment to students, our curricular emphasis on fieldwork and practical experience, our integration of public health concepts across all of our academic programs, our extensive research infrastructure, and our strong ties to community and government agencies across the region.
This special moment in the college’s history is the product of years of intense preparation on the part of our faculty and staff. CEPH’s accreditation procedures require a school to undertake a rigorous self-evaluation, submit a self-study document, and host a team of external peer reviewers for an extensive on-site visit. Countless individuals across the college have been integral to this process.
Our CEPH accreditation comes on the heels of several other major advancements this year, including the opening of our cutting-edge new clinical education spaces, the expansion of our newly renamed Office of Clinical Practice and Field Education, and the ongoing recruitment of renowned new faculty members and talented new students. I invite you to follow the college in the coming year for additional news about our growth.