The process ensures that all schools comply with CEPH's academic criteria. It also gives us an opportunity to identify ways to improve our programs and procedures.
Gillings School of Global Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools and programs of public health. The school received reaccreditation in 2017 for a period of seven years, the maximum length of time the CEPH will reaccredit schools of public health. The School submits regular reports to CEPH, and our next accreditation review will occur in 2024. In October 2017, the CEPH Board of Councilors acted to accredit the Gillings School of Global Public Health for another seven-year term, extending to December 31, 2024.
In preparation for reaccreditation in 2024, Gillings is participating in the self-study process which includes a peer review onsite visit taking place October 9 – 11, 2024
CEPH Reaccreditation Activities and Events (2022-2024)
|1st Draft Self-Study Report ||January 2023
|CEPH Accreditation Orientation Workshop||February 2023
|Self-Study Report Development – Domain Specific Working Sessions ||March – July 2023
|2nd Draft Self-Study Report (including data templates and associated electronic files)||July 21, 2023
|3rd Draft Self-Study Report (in preparation for CEPH Consultation Visit)||October 2023|
|4th Draft Self-Study Report - CEPH Consultation Visit ||January or February 2024
|Preliminary Self Study Report to CEPH & Peer Reviewer||May 2024|
|5th Draft Self-Study Including CEPH and Peer Review Edits||June 2024
|Final Self Study Report to CEPH||September 2024
|CEPH Site Visit ||October 9-11, 2024
CEPH Leadership Team
- Elizabeth French, Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
- Pamela Lee, Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
- Laura Linnan, Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs and Professor of Health Behavior
- Deytia Lima Rojas, Assistant Dean for Strategic Analysis and Business Intelligence (SABI)
- Tina Ruff, Director, Assessment and Accreditation
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Kathy Anderson, Associate Dean for Information Technology & Project Planning
Gregory Bocchino, Senior Executive Director of Academic Advising and Student Affairs
Jonathan Earnest, Director of Admissions
Tiffany Farina, Interim Associate Dean for Finance and Business
Yesenia Merino, Director of Inclusive Excellence Education and Training
Jane Monaco, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Andrew Olshan, Interim Associate Dean of Research
Kim Ramsey-White, Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence
Dana Rice, Assistant Dean, Master’s Degree Program
Charletta Sims Evans, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Gretchen Senez, Assistant Dean, Human Resources
Robert Smith, Vice Dean, Gillings School of Global Public Health
John Wiesman, Associate Dean for Practice | Director, Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership
Brent Wishart, Senior Director of Facilities
Accreditation and assessment processes at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are managed through Academic Affairs.
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) was established in 1974 by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH)–now the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs. CEPH’s mission is to assure quality in public health education and training to achieve excellence in practice, research, and service, through collaboration with organizational and community partners.
CEPH accreditation demonstrates Gillings’ commitment to continuous quality improvement. Every seven years, the Council requires that public health programs and schools demonstrate compliance, by participating in a rigorous self-study process, in the following areas: organization and administrative processes; faculty scholarship and qualifications; resources (e.g., human, physical, technology); diversity; student success; practice and service; degrees and competencies; alumni and community input; and evaluation and quality improvement.
Institution-wide accreditation is governed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the national accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that oversees colleges and universities in an 11-state area including North Carolina. All SACSCOC member institutions are required to undergo a full accreditation review every ten years and submit a Fifth-Year Interim Review Report between decennial reviews. The following is the official description of the status of UNC-Chapel Hill’s accreditation by SACSCOC. This statement should be used in any publications providing information on the University’s institutional accreditation.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, educational specialist, and doctorate degrees. Degree-granting institutions also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).
Please contact SACSCOC only in relation to the University’s compliance with accreditation requirements. Normal inquiries about admission requirements, educational programs, and financial aid should be directed to the University.
For more information visit:
The University Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for
Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) for the MPH-RD Nutrition and Dietetics program
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) – Mary Rose Tully Initiative, Comprehensive Pathway 2 Lactation Consultation Training Program
Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) – Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), Health Policy and Management