Benedictine University's Master of Public Health Receives Accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health

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Benedictine University today announced its Master of Public Health program, available both on campus and online, is now fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

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'Earning this prestigious accreditation recognizes Benedictine University as offering top academic programs to students,' said William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University.

Benedictine University today announced its Master of Public Health program, available both on campus and online, is now fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is the only independent agency recognized to accredit graduate schools of public health and graduate public health programs outside schools of public health. Program-specific accreditation provides assurance that the school or program has been evaluated and has met accepted standards established by and with the profession.

Earning a degree from a CEPH accredited program has many advantages for students, including the ability to sit for the Certified in Public Health exam (CPH), eligibility for jobs at some federal agencies such as the CDC, and eligibility for scholarships and grants that are available to students who earn a degree from CEPH accredited programs. “At Benedictine University, we are committed to academic excellence,” said Georgeen Polyak, Ph.D., Public Health department chair. “Earning the CEPH accreditation for our Master of Public Health further validates the excellence of our program and gives graduates a clear advantage in the marketplace.”

CEPH Criteria
In order to achieve CEPH accreditation, schools are evaluated on criteria such as the program’s curriculum, student learning outcomes, resources, research opportunities and students/faculty interaction among others.

All schools are required by CEPH to conduct a self-evaluation and submit a report detailing how the school meets each criteria. An on-site visit by peer reviewers is then conducted to validate the findings of the self-study. The team interviews school administrators, university officials, faculty, students, alumni and community leaders and inspects the school’s facilities, examines documentation corroborating the self-study and prepares a report of its findings. “Earning this prestigious accreditation recognizes Benedictine University as offering top academic programs to students,” said William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. “Our Master of Public Health program stands among the best in the country, and we’re thrilled and honored to be recognized for giving health professionals a solid foundation to achieve great success.”

Master of Public Health
The Master of Public Health program, offered both on campus and online at Benedictine University, features a curriculum comprised of advanced topics including chronic and communicable disease patterns, determinants of health, preventative health and health policy with a special focus on applied research and analysis.

The program allows students to choose from four certificates (can be earned alongside the master’s or standalone):

  •     Health Education and Promotion Certificate
  •     Health Management and Policy Certificate
  •     Disaster Management/Emergency Preparedness Certificate
  •     Epidemiology Certificate (available in August)

Students may choose from four dual degree options:

  •     Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior
  •     Master of Public Health/Master of Business Administration
  •     Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness
  •     Master of Public Health/Master of Science in Management Information Systems

Other program features include:

  •     Students can complete courses 100 percent online - no residency requirement
  •     Students can accelerate the program
  •     A GRE waiver available for qualified students
  •     A Student Success Award worth up to $10,000 for qualified students

To learn more about Benedictine’s Master of Public Health CEPH accredited program, click here or call (866) 295-3104.

About Benedictine University:
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the No. 1 fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit research universities between 2001-2011, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013.

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