5000.0: Wednesday, November 15, 2000: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Meeting the Challenges of Accreditation

The higher education community is challenged by pressures internally and externally for increased accountability to the public and for assessment of the effectiveness of educational programs offered through the nation's universities and colleges. These demands are as applicable to public health as they are to liberal arts education and to other professional preparation programs. Expectations for assessment are intrinsic to the criteria used to evaluate schools and programs that seek accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the nationally recognized public health accrediting agency. The Council uses a set of evaluation criteria to accredit schools of public health, graduate community health education programs and graduate community health/preventive medicine programs. Experiences with the criteria indicate that several requirements are particularly challenging to schools and programs and tend to be the ones most difficult to document. This session will focus on two accreditation requirements that tend to be particularly troublesome to schools and programs and a more general discussion about how to present data in the most effective way possible. Representatives from CEPH and public health educational institutions that have successfully addressed the expectations will share their respective approaches and advice about: a) increasing student roles and participation in governance, b) selecting and presenting appropriate outcome measures, and c) developing a school or programwide statement of public health values and ethics
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Learning Objectives: Refer to the individual abstracts for learning objectives
Facilitator(s):Laura L Rasar, MPH, CHES
8:30 AMDeveloping and Utilizing a Values Statement
Daniel Swartzman, JD, MPH
8:50 AMIncreasing Student Roles and Participation in Governance
Kathleen Roe, DrPH, Marcy Lopez, BA, Sharon Young, BA
9:10 AMSelecting Outcome Measures by which to Judge Success
Phoebe Lindsey Barton, PhD
Sponsor:Academic Public Health Caucus
Cosponsors:Public Health Student Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA