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Master of Public Health program receives accreditation

The Master of Public Health program at New Mexico State University has received full accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health for a three-year term.

Stephen Arnold, head of the health science department at New Mexico State University.

The CEPH "is the premier accrediting body for graduate programs in all areas of public health," said Stephen Arnold, an associate professor and head of the department of health science in NMSU's College of Health and Social Services.

"Accreditation is beneficial to all aspects of the program, the department, the college and the university," he said. "But most importantly, it is beneficial to our students. Our program is now recognized at the national level, even internationally, which will assist our students as they enter the professional work force."

The Master of Public Health program at NMSU began in the fall of 1996 and has grown to an enrollment of 25 graduate students.

"This was our initial attempt at accreditation," Arnold said. "It is common for new graduate programs to take several years to develop to the breadth and depth required for accreditation."

NMSU now has one of only 13 CEPH-accredited graduate programs in community health education in the United States.

Arnold said national accreditation will undoubtedly result in a larger number of graduate student applications for the program. He said the college intends to cap the graduate enrollment at 25 students a year. Additional faculty in the department would be needed to expand the enrollment, he said.

For more information on the Master of Public Health program at NMSU, call Arnold at (505) 646-8194.