The Brown School Master of Public Health program has been accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for another seven years, through 2024. The program, which enrolled its first cohort in fall 2009, was first accredited in 2012 for an initial five-year term.
“We are so pleased with the strength of our public health program and this accreditation acknowledgment,” said Mary McKay, Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School. “Our stellar faculty, incredibly dedicated students and rich transdisciplinary curriculum greatly amplify our ability to impact health equity in our community, nationally and globally.”
The Brown School’s public health curriculum is committed to providing outstanding teaching and learning opportunities for students and founded on the understanding that issues in public health are too complex for one discipline to solve. The program’s innovative emphasis on transdisciplinary problem-solving equips students to identify the numerous factors that affect public health, and strategically work across fields to create sustainable and comprehensive solutions. Team science, evidence-based public health, dissemination and implementation of proven solutions, and eliminating health disparities are core values of the program.
The accreditation process includes submitting an extensive self-study report that focuses on 27 criteria divided among four categories: the public health program and administration; instructional programs; creation, application and advancement of knowledge; and faculty, staff and students. A Brown School site visit took place in February 2017 by a team of external peer reviewers, who interviewed program and university officials, administrators, teaching faculty, students, alumni and community representatives. All criteria were deemed met by CEPH.
“The accreditation self-study requires substantial time, energy, and collaboration between administration, faculty and staff,” said Lora Iannotti, new associate dean for public health. “We are grateful for the tireless efforts of former Associate Dean for Public Health Matt Kreuter, Assistant Dean for Public Health Amy Eyler and their program team for spearheading this project.”