253934 Quality Assurance in Professional Preparation at the Baccalaureate Level: A CEPH Update

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:10 AM

Laura Rasar King, MPH , Council on Education for Public Health, Washington, DC
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the federally-recognized accrediting agency for public health, has historically has focused on graduate-level professional preparation in public health, including community health education. For the last several years, however, CEPH has been considering quality assurance issues at the baccalaureate level of training. Baccalaureate programs in community health education were among the first undergraduate degree programs in public health to be developed, and community health educators were among the first public health professionals to be prepared and practice public health at that degree level. Recently, CEPH has made progress in planning for the accreditation of free-standing bachelor's degrees in public health, including those in community health education. This presentation will provide a discussion of those recent developments.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss CEPH’s position on baccalaureate accreditation in public health. 2. Assess how their professional preparation program measures up against at least one CEPH criteria of baccalaureate quality assurance in public health.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: director of CEPH and lead in working on Baccalaureate accreditation project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.