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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.

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The Gillings School of Global Public Health of Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is undergoing a review by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for reaccreditation. Part of this process includes the provision of a third-party comment period, which allows anyone, including students, alumni, faculty, staff, community and practice partners, and members of the public, to share relevant information about the Gillings School directly with CEPH.

If you have any information about the Gillings School you would like to share with CEPH to inform their review, send your comments to by September 9, 2024.

CEPH Reaccreditation Activities and Events

1st Draft Self-Study Report 
January 2023
CEPH Accreditation Orientation WorkshopFebruary 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 2023
3rd Draft Self-Study Report (in preparation for CEPH Consultation Visit)
October 2023
4th Draft Self-Study Report - CEPH Consultation VisitJanuary 25, 2024
Preliminary Self-Study Report – Internal DeadlineMarch 29, 2024
Preliminary Self Study Report to CEPH & Peer ReviewMay 2024
5th Draft Self-Study Including CEPH and Peer Review EditsJuly 2024
Third-Party Comment PeriodThird-Party Comment Period Closes September 9, 2024
Final Self-Study Report – Internal DeadlineAugust 9, 2024
Final Self Study Report to CEPH
September 2024
CEPH Site Visit
October 9-11, 2024

CEPH Leadership Team

  • Tina Ruff, Director, Academic Assessment and Accreditation
  • 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)

More About Accreditation

Read more details about our Major Contributors and the Accreditation Process.

2024 CEPH Reaccreditation Major Contributors

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

About Accreditation

Accreditation and assessment processes at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health are managed through Academic Affairs.

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health School-Wide Accreditation

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.

University Accreditation

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 (

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

Other Accrediting Agencies

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

Director Of Academic Assessment And Accreditation: Tina Ruff, M.Div

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