CEPH Accreditation

University of Washington School of Public Health accredited through 2028

The UW School of Public Health (SPH) receives its accreditation through the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Schools of public health are required to be re-accredited every seven years. The first accreditation for the UW SPH was at its inception in 1970, with no accreditation lapses.

In September 2020, the School submitted its Self-Study Report as part of its re-accreditation process. A Self-Study provides the opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments and areas for improvement across the School; evaluating itself on criteria such as administrative structures, resources, diversity and equity, community engagement, student services, and educational programs.

“We use the report to assess our effectiveness in relation to our mission and goals, and identify strengths, weaknesses and plans for improvement,” said Professor Emeritus Shirley A.A. Beresford, chair of the self-study oversight committee. “We are so grateful for everyone’s help in this endeavor.”

In October 2020, CEPH conducted its required site visit (virtually). In June 2021 the CEPH Council met to review the School’s materials and make its re-accreditation decision.

CEPH has advised the UW SPH that it has been re-accredited through 2028.

High-level timeline

Date Event
June-December 2019 First Draft of the 2020 Re-Accreditation Self-Study Report and corresponding materials completed
January-March 2020 Internal and External review and comment period
April-May 2020 Finalize changes from the review period and submit the first draft of the Report and corresponding materials to CEPH for review
July-September 2020 CEPH provided feedback on the Report; School completed update to submit Final Report and materials
September-October 2020 SPH prepared for the CEPH Site Visit
October 28-30, 2020 CEPH Site Visit (virtual)
December 2020 SPH received the draft CEPH Site Visit Findings Report
January-March 2021 SPH prepared response to the CEPH Site Visit Findings Report
April 2021 SPH submitted response and corresponding materials to the draft CEPH Site Visit Findings Report
June 2021 CEPH Council re-accreditation decision and notification received by SPH
June 2022 CEPH required on-site (one day) visit must be conducted by June 2022