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Accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

The Dornsife School of Public Health is the first accredited school of public health in Philadelphia by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health. CEPH is a private, nonprofit corporation with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) as its two members.

The Dornsife School of Public Health was first accredited in 2000, and reaccredited in 2014 for another 7 years through 2021.

CEPH accreditation ensures quality and state-of-the art education. The goals of CEPH are:

  • to promote quality in public health education through a continuing process of self-evaluation by the schools and programs that seek accreditation;

  • to assure the public that institutions offering graduate instruction in public health have been evaluated and judged to meet standards essential for the conduct of such educational programs; and

  • to encourage - through periodic review, consultation, research, publications, and other means - improvements in the quality of education for public health

By attending an accredited School of Public Health, students benefit from the broad range of educational and experiential opportunities that only full Schools of Public Health can offer.

Accredited Schools of Public Health also have access to dedicated funds, such as training grants from the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A copy of the 2014 self-study and CEPH final report can be obtained by contacting Venus Ennis-Calloway, Senior Administrative Coordinator, Office for Academic and Faculty Affairs (Tel: 267-359-6063,