The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health has attained national accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for a 5-year period (the maximum that is allowed on an initial accreditation), making the Zilber School the first accredited school of public health in Wisconsin.
Accreditation by CEPH is a very rigorous process in which peer institutions judge whether an applicant has met standards in more than 20 areas, including curriculum, research, community engagement, faculty and student recruitment, and retention. The Zilber School now joins a select group of 59 schools of public health accredited by CEPH in the world (56 in the US, 1 in Canada, 1 in Mexico and 1 in Puerto Rico).
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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
What is the Council on Education for Public Health?
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.
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.
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.
What is the National Board of Public Health Examiners? Will I be able to take the Certified in Public Health exam?
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.
In addition, an individual who has a “bachelor’s degree and at least five subsequent years of public health work experience” may also take the exam. More information about this eligibility category is available at the NBPHE web site.