Zilber School of Public Health Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions
The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Schools of public health and public health programs also have the option of becoming accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). In June 2014, the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health was approved as an applicant for accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an important step on the path of becoming a fully-accredited school of public health.
When will the Zilber School of Public Health become CEPH-accredited?
According to CEPH, most schools seeking accreditation for the first time take about two years to complete the self-study report from the time they become applicants. The accreditation decision usually comes within three years of the date of applicant status. The Zilber School of Public Health is on track to become accredited within the timeline recommended by CEPH.
The Zilber School of Public Health will not be CEPH accredited when I graduate. What impact will this have on job opportunities, training grants, internships/fellowships and other support?
Some employment opportunities are only open to graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs. There is not a comprehensive list of these employers. The same is true for internships/fellowships and training grants. Contact an employer/organization directly to learn about the policy.
Once Zilber School of Public Health is accredited by CEPH, what can I tell employers?
Accreditation is not retroactive; therefore, if you graduate before the School is accredited, you have not graduated from a CEPH-accredited school. You can tell employers that you graduated from a school that was on track for accreditation while you were a student.
The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) is a national organization representing accredited public health schools and programs. ASPPH promotes efforts to improve the public’s health through education, research, and policy.
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent, nonprofit organization that accredits public health schools and programs. Programs and schools awarded accreditation meet criteria established by CEPH to ensure students are prepared to work in their chosen field. Once a school or program is CEPH-accredited, it becomes a member of ASPPH.
What does it mean to be an associate member of ASPPH?
The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health is an associate member of ASPPH as of the summer of 2014. A school or program becomes an associate member of ASPPH after its application for accreditation is approved by CEPH.
What is the difference between a CEPH-accredited school and program?
CEPH accredits both schools of public health and Master of Public Health (MPH) programs. Schools of public health are required to offer MPH tracks in the five core areas of public health (Biostatistics, Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Sciences, and Public Health Policy and Administration), while programs are only required to offer a single MPH degree. In addition, schools of public health offer doctoral programs in at least three of the five core areas of public health. The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health is on track to become the first CEPH-accredited school of public health in the State of Wisconsin.
The National Board of Public Health Examiners offers the Certified in Public Health credential. The voluntary certification, administered in exam form, demonstrates that an individual has mastered the core competencies of public health. Individuals who graduate from an accredited school of public health, or graduate three years before the school is accredited, are eligible to take the exam.