UNCW Public Health Studies Program Accepted as an Applicant for Standalone Baccalaureate Program

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The UNCW Public Health Studies program's application to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) to be recognized as a standalone baccalaureate program has been approved. The Public Health Studies Program is part of School of Health and Applied Human Sciences in the UNCW College of Health and Human Services.

CEPH accepted nine applications for standalone baccalaureate program (SBPs) at its winter Board of Councilors meeting in February. CEPH developed accreditation criteria for SBPs in 2013 based on trends seen in the profession and requests from universities and colleges. Accepted applicants must now write a self-study and prepare to host an onsite visit.

Randy Cottrell, coordinator of the UNCW Public Health Studies Program, will lead faculty, staff and students in the self-study process that includes an onsite campus review.

Charles Hardy, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, says, "We are excited to be in the first group of standalone undergraduate programs selected for participation in the CEPH accreditation process. It is certainly an honor for us and for UNCW. Dr. Cottrell has provided excellent leadership to the program in his first year at UNCW and I am confident that he and the faculty will be successful in their bid for accreditation."

The process is expected to take up to 2 years resulting in the Public Health Studies at UNCW becoming one of the first CEPH accredited undergraduate programs in world.