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Drexel University School of Public Health Receives Full Accreditation Status From Council on Educati

September 13, 2007

The Drexel University School of Public Health was granted full accreditation for seven years by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), Drexel officials recently announced. The seven-year accreditation is the maximum amount of time that can be granted by the independent accrediting agency.

Drexel's School of Public Health is one of only two schools of public health in Pennsylvania and the only school of its kind in the greater Philadelphia region.

“The approval of CEPH is a testament to the overall quality and excellence of the Drexel University School of Public Health,” said Dean Marla J. Gold, MD. “The accreditation illustrates how the School of Public Health effectively navigated the ever-changing public health priorities and the evolving academic landscape of the region to become a national authority in promoting the health of communities.” The accreditation also marks another major milestone for the growing school.

Earlier this year, the School of Public Health graduated its largest senior class. The mid-June ceremony featured a commencement address by the president of the University of Miami and former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Donna E. Shalala.

According to Gold, research grants have quadrupled, community partnerships have grown and the amount of full-time and adjunct faculty members has grown in number and breadth of focus over the past several years.

Initially offering a single Master of Public Health degree, the School of Public Health now offers distinct Master of Public Health degree programs, which integrate the five core disciplines of public health, and two doctoral degrees with a third to start shortly. A new master of science degree in biostatistics will soon be offered as well as a joint doctor of jurisprudence-master of public health degree.

The accreditation culminates a more than two-and-half-year review process by CEPH, including a site visit to the school last year. During its review, the School of Public Health met all criteria for accreditation and is not required to submit interim reports to the council during the next seven years.

“This is a significant milestone for the Drexel University School of Public Health and a major achievement for our faculty, staff and students,” said Gold. “While the school has grown, the context of much of our work remains grounded within the foundation of health as a human right.”

The Drexel University School of Public Health works collaboratively with community groups, agencies and populations to prepare professionals who can effectively address today's most pressing public health problems.

The School’s curriculum combines knowledge of the disciplines of public health with practical applications of that knowledge. Through this curriculum, the School of Public Health creates rigorous and interdisciplinary academic, research and service programs that emphasize the unique role of human rights in public health.

For more information about the Drexel University School of Public Health, visit www.publichealth.drexel.edu. To learn more about the benefits of accreditation, visit www.ceph.org.

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News media contact: Richard Ochab Director, Marketing & Public Relations Drexel University School of Public Health richard.s.ochab@drexel.edu Phone: (215) 762-4732 Fax: (215) 762-8846 www.publichealth.drexel.edu

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