What is the accrediting body for Schools and Programs of Public Health?
The accrediting body for schools of public health is the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools and programs of public health based on a uniform set of standards. These schools and programs prepare students for entry into careers in public health. For more information, visit CEPH’s web site at www.ceph.org.
Why should I attend a CEPH-accredited School or Program of Public Health?
Many employers, particularly in the public sector, require a degree from a CEPH-accredited school or program. There are many federal fellowship programs which also only will accept graduates of CEPH-accredited institutions. Graduates from non- CEPH-accredited institutions are not eligible for the CPH exam which may further limit employment opportunities for those who do not attend a school or program of public health.
What are the areas of study in public health?
The five core areas of study are:
- Biostatistics – The use of statistical methodology for analyzing health related data.
- Epidemiology – The study of the distribution and determinants of disease and disability in populations.
- Health Services Administration – The study of health care systems, health care reform, health law, financial management, clinic management, and policy analysis.
- Health Education/Behavioral Science – The practice of selecting, applying and monitoring appropriate behavioral, social and political change strategies to enhance the health of populations.
- Environmental Health – The study of issues associated with the adverse chemical, physical and biologic agents in the environment on human health.
In additional, many schools offer many other concentrations, including:
- Global Health
- Maternal & Child Health
- Public Health Practice/Program Management
- Biomedical Laboratory Science
What are the degree options in public health?
Professional degrees are oriented towards practice in public health settings. The MPH, DrPH, and MHA are examples of degrees which are geared towards people who want careers as practitioners of public health in health departments, managed care organizations, community-based organizations, hospitals, consulting firms, international agencies, state and federal agencies, among others.
Academic degrees are more oriented toward students wishing to seek a career in teaching at a college or university or conducting research at a university or other settings. Examples of academic degrees are the MS, PhD, and ScD.
How do dual degree programs work?
There are dozens of dual degree programs at CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health. In some cases, the student will take the coursework for each degree sequentially. On other cases, the student will take a year off to complete his/her MPH coursework. Finally, there are programs which allow the student to take coursework simultaneously. Applicants should decide which dual degree program he/she is interested in and then speak to the school or program of public health for more specific information.
How much is tuition and what is the duration of an education in public health?
The average yearly cost of education including tuition and fees in 2008-2009 was $16,236 for in-state tuition and fees and $23,518 for out-of-state tuition and fees; and the median for in-state was $12,426 and $22,134 for out-of-state. For in-state, the range is from $4,054 per year to $51,000; and $10,171 to $51,000 for out-of-state. Most master’s programs are two years in length, and these figures are based on a two-year completion of degree. However, there are also accelerated programs, programs for part-time students, etc.
Which CEPH-accredited Schools and Programs of Public Health have programs with the Peace Corps?
A list of schools and programs which have programs with Peace Corps can be found at: http://www.sophas.org/peacecorps.cfm