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Master of Public Health program at NMSU reaccredited

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in community health education program at New Mexico State University was recently reaccredited for seven years, the maximum accreditation possible, by the Council for Education on Public Health (CEPH).

re only 14 other MPH graduate programs in community health education that are CEPH-accredited in the United States.

Three CEPH members completed the site visit in April, meeting with the program's students, faculty, alumni and professional representatives to evaluate the program.

The council has an extensive list of criteria for accreditation, said Stephen Arnold, academic department head of the Department of Health Science.

"We completed a self-study of our program and ended up with a 150-page report, which we referenced to their list," Arnold said.

Graduates with an MPH in community health education work to educate the public about a variety of health issues facing the community by developing, implementing and evaluating community health education programs, Arnold said.

The university's MPH program in community health education has been in place since 1996. The program was not eligible to apply for accreditation until 2000, when it received a three-year preliminary accreditation.

CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than public health schools. These schools and programs prepare students for entry into careers in public health.