The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) invited review and comment on its 4th draft of proposed accreditation criteria revisions this summer.
The APTR Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health submitted the following comment requesting reconsideration and revision of the C2-B criterion addressing faculty requirements for concentrations in programs versus schools of public health. At issue is the requirement that programs have three (3) primary instructional faculty for each concentration, while schools need only two (2) primary instructional faculty per concentration who can also count in an additional concentration.
The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and its Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health is requesting revision of Criterion C2-B of the proposed CEPH accreditation criteria to take into consideration the differing needs and structures of MPH programs. At issue is the requirement that programs have three (3) primary instructional faculty for each concentration, while schools need only two (2) primary instructional faculty per concentration who can also count in an additional concentration. This criterion compromises the ability of larger programs to work and compete with schools.
This criterion requires programs to have more faculty than schools in order to offer the same number of concentrations. We recognize that this criterion may benefit some programs by allowing them to leverage the requirement to preserve or gain faculty resources. However, it also places demands for resources on other programs that may not desire additional faculty or have the infrastructure to accommodate additional faculty.
While one solution could be to allow programs with more than 21 faculty the option to use the criteria written for schools, CEPH must also consider the needs of those programs that fall shy of the required 21 faculty when revising the criteria.
We strongly urge a reconsideration of Criterion C2-B. At present it is not clear why greater restrictions are being placed on programs. Thank you for your consideration and action. We look forward to working with you on this issue.
Allison L. Lewis David Gregorio, PhD, MS
Executive Director, APTR President, APTR
Director, University of Connecticut MPH Program