Accreditation and Assessment

School accreditation and assessment processes at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are managed through Academic Affairs. This office is committed not only to the pursuit of educational excellence, but also to preserving our competitive status by meeting rigorous accreditation standards.

Accreditation is a voluntary process, initiated by the institutions being reviewed. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Gillings School of Global Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an independent, private, nonprofit corporation recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

CEPH’s accreditation procedures require that the school periodically (typically every seven years) undertake a self-evaluation, submit a self-study document and host a team of qualified peer reviewers to validate the self-study during an extensive on-site visit. In addition, several departments in the school offer programs that are accredited by other, separate specialty accrediting bodies.

The School was most recently re-accredited by CEPH in 2010 for the maximum period of seven years. A self-assessment for the 2009 visit included critical constituencies (alumni, employers, students, faculty, staff) who provided information surveys, interviews and committee involvement, with a 23-member Self-Study Committee overseeing the process. More information about the accreditation process and the complete self-study document is available on our accreditation page.

Questions, concerns, or comments regarding SPH accreditation and assessment may be directed to