UMDNJ-School of Public Health Receives 7-year
Accreditation by Council on Education for Public Health
PISCATAWAY/NEW BRUNSWICKew Brunswick — The UMDNJ-School of Public Health has received re-accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for a seven-year period, which is the maximum accreditation time period that a school of public health can receive. The UMNDJ-School of Public Health is one of just 38 schools accredited by CEPH, the governing body that accredits schools of public health.
"This accreditation decision affirms our collaborative model with Rutgers and NJIT and the outstanding achievements of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners,” said Dr. Audrey R. Gotsch, dean of the UMDNJ-School of Public Health. “We're delighted to have received the maximum accreditation term of seven years."
The UMDNJ-School of Public Health is the country’s first and only collaborative school of public health accredited by CEPH. The UMDNJ-School of Public Health is sponsored by UMDNJ, Rutgers University, and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. It offers Masters and doctoral degree programs in Public Health on campuses in Newark, Piscataway/New Brunswick, and Stratford/Camden, along with 12 dual degree and articulated programs with other institutions of higher learning. Areas of study are available on the School’s website at http://sph.umdnj.edu/. The UMDNJ-School of Public Health also provides certificate programs in General Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health, Clinical Epidemiology, and Public Policy and Oral Health Services Administration. A certificate program in Public Health Preparedness is under review. Most programs are designed to accommodate full–time students as well as working professionals who need to attend as part-time students.
Established in 1974, The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and certain public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health. CEPH's accreditation procedures require that the school or program undertake a self-evaluation, submit a self-study document and host a team of qualified peer reviewers who validate the self-study during an on-site visit to the campus. Accreditation by CEPH attests to the quality of an educational program that prepares students for entry into careers in public health.
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 5,500 students attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and its only school of public health, on five campuses. Last year, there were more than two million patient visits to UMDNJ facilities and faculty at campuses in Newark, New Brunswick/Piscataway, Scotch Plains, Camden and Stratford. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, a mental health and addiction services network.