Dr. Ashish Joshi, a professor and Ms. Chioma Amadi, a student at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy assessed CEPH-accredited institutions that offer public health programs. The work was published in Frontiers in Public Health.
The objective of this work was to characterize the attributes of Council of Education in Public Health (CEPH)-accredited institutions offering public health educational programs in the United States. The team used the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health database (ASPPH), and individual university websites to obtain a complete list of CEPH-accredited institutions offering programs in public health at the Certificate, Masters, and Doctoral levels in the United States. The data abstracted included school/program information, school type, geographic location, admission cycle, education delivery format, public health concentration, number of credits, presence of a global component, joint programs, and tuition.
A total of 85 CEPH-accredited institutions designated as either “Schools of Public Health” or individual “Programs of Public Health” were present in the ASPPH database at the time of this data collection (2014). These institutions offer programs in public health at the Certificate (61%, n = 52), Masters (100%, n = 85), and Doctoral (44%, n = 37) levels in the United States. More than half of the programs offered were provided by schools of public health (58%, n = 49) and mainly admitted students during the fall semester. Ninety-three concentrations of public health currently exist, of which there are 25 predominant concentrations.
The authors suggest future areas of research to assess existing public health workforce demands, and map them to the curriculums and competencies provided by institutions offering public health educational programs in the United States. This could provide valuable insight on the extent to which public health curriculums are meeting workforce demands.