This month’s column explores the revised accreditation criteria the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) published in 2016. CEPH is arguably the most important accrediting body for public health education in the world. Over 200 schools of public health and programs are accredited by CEPH. The 2016 revisions were relevant to environmental health in three ways: 1) master of public health students were not required to complete a stand-alone course in environmental health, 2) schools of public health would no longer be required to offer students a major in environmental health, and 3) accredited institutions would no longer be required to have full-time environmental health faculty and maintain an environmental health department. The column explores the issues that drove the changes and the effects of the changes, as well as opportunities for the environmental health profession to seize upon.
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