The Zilber School has completed another milestone on its way to becoming the first nationally accredited school of public health in Wisconsin. In mid-October the Council on Education for Public Health conducted the site visit and will prepare its draft report by mid-December. Overall the visit went very well, and the team spoke positively of the work that has been done to establish MPH and PhD programs, build the research portfolio, and develop connections in the community. The team also identified some areas for further work, which the Zilber School faculty, staff, students will complete in its response report by early May 2017. The CEPH Council will make the final decision at its meeting in June 2017. Once accreditation is achieved, the school will be eligible for different federal grants, and students will be eligible for certain fellowships.
You can access the final self-study here.
Zilber School of Public Health Accreditation Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
The CEPH Council sets the date of initial accreditation from the date when the school’s application was accepted. For the Zilber School, this means that accreditation would be effective from June 2014. Students who graduated before spring 2014 could tell employers that they graduated from a school that was on track for accreditation while they 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.
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.