UWM Zilber School of Public Health joins the ASPPH

The Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health is the newest member of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. The Zilber School was invited to join as an associate member in CEPH-applicant status.

Why is this so important?

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the nationally recognized accrediting body for schools of public health, informed UWM on June 25th that the Zilber School is approved to begin the formal two year accreditation process. Through the rigorous “self study process,” schools of public health have the opportunity to reflect on how they can best serve their stakeholders through instruction, research and service. Accreditation ensures that comprehensive schools like ours meet established standards of quality and excellence.

ASPPH is the leading organization for academic public health, representing all 52 CEPH-accredited public health schools, and more recently many of the graduate programs in public health. As the 94th member of ASPPH, we now have direct access to peer institutions for learning and collaboration, and tools to promote excellence: best practices, extensive data, technical assistance, and legislative advocacy.

Here are some highlights from the press release earlier this month:

State officials approved the opening of the school in 2009, following several years of effort by local and university officials. Many UWM faculty and community partners participated in creating the foundation of what the Zilber School is today. The City of Milwaukee has been a long-time advocate. “I am proud to have been a champion for a school of public health in Milwaukee since day one,” said Mayor Tom Barrett. “Thanks to the dynamic leadership of Dean Peck and a great faculty, the Zilber School has taken a big step toward becoming the first accredited school of public health in the state. We should all see the school as an asset not only for our city and state, but our entire region as well.”

“Zilber School of Public Health faculty and staff members have been working extremely hard to prepare the groundwork for the accreditation process,” said Dr. Mark Mone, interim chancellor of UWM. “New programs and tracks are up and running, the first graduates have already completed degrees and joined the workforce, and faculty members are receiving national attention for their research. We are excited about this important step in moving toward accreditation.”