The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission. Schools of public health and public health programs also have the option of becoming accredited through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The Zilber School of Public Health plans to submit a self-study to CEPH in Fall of 2015 and host a site visit in Spring of 2016. At this time, the Zilber School of Public Health is on track to become accredited by Fall of 2016.
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.
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 of Public Health (ASPH) is a national organization representing accredited public health schools and programs. ASPH 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 ASPH.
A school or program becomes an associate member of ASPH after its initial accreditation application is accepted by CEPH. Once a school has been granted associate membership, it has two years to submit a preliminary self-study and schedule a site visit. The Zilber School of Public Health plans to become an associate member in Fall of 2013.
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, while programs are only required to offer a single MPH degree. In addition, schools of public health offer doctoral programs in at least three core areas of public health.
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 that graduate from an accredited school of public health, or graduate three years before the school is accredited, are eligible to take the exam.