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Oregon State Gains State’s First Accredited School of Public Health

Oregon State University’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences was granted accreditation June 24, making it the first school of public health in Oregon to earn that recognition.

The accreditation, from the Council on Education for Public Health, means OSU has the only accredited school of public health between San Francisco and Seattle. The distinction elevates the College of Public Health and Human Sciences’ visibility and stature, increases its ability to attract and retain committed students and world-class faculty, and helps the college continue its mission of education, research, and outreach, OSU officials say. The recognition also allows the college to support a qualified workforce in Oregon and beyond.

The college is a leader in efforts to redesign and integrate the public health curriculum. Harvard and Columbia University are among the handful of other accredited schools in the United States using this approach. At Oregon State, faculty members already work across disciplines in public health and the human sciences.

“Integration is where the future of public health is headed,” said Dr. Tammy Bray, Dean of the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. “We believe a life-span, interdisciplinary approach will make the greatest impact on society’s most complex public health issues, which do not come in discipline-shaped blocks.”

Helping Oregonians become healthier at all stages of life, with an emphasis on prevention and outreach, is a central focus of the college.

“Our faculty in OSU Extension, including programs in 4-H and Family and Community Health, have worked with their neighbors in every county in Oregon for 100 years to create local solutions to their health challenges,” Dean Bray said. “Of the nation’s 50-plus schools of public health, we are the only one with that level of community outreach built in.”

Dean Bray said receiving accreditation means that experts in the field of public health agree that the College of Public Health and Human Sciences is of high quality; has the curriculum, faculty, and resources needed to continue meeting high standards; and produces graduates that have the knowledge and skills to succeed in their fields.

The council awarded the College of Public Health and Human Sciences a five-year accreditation, the maximum granted. The decision follows an extensive and rigorous review of the college’s academic programs that took more than four years to complete. The college’s accreditation will be up for review and renewal in 2019.

Read the full press release: http://wp.me/p1LnPi-4i1.