MEHARRY MEDICAL COLLEGE’S MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM RECEIVES ACCREDITATION

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MEHARRY MEDICAL COLLEGE’S MASTER OF SCIENCE IN PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM RECEIVES FULL ACCREDITATION

 

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (November 14, 2014)—The Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) program, at Meharry Medical College, has earned full accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). The College learned in a letter dated Oct. 6, 2014, that CEPH, the accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools and programs of public health in the U.S., granted the MSPH program accreditation for a seven-year term, extending to Dec. 31, 2021, the maximum period allowed.

“Producing top-notch public health professionals is at the helm of Meharry’s mission,” said A. Cherrie Epps, Ph.D., Meharry’s president and chief executive officer. “We are thrilled to gain the approval of CEPH to continue educating, training and equipping students to meet the public health challenges in underserved communities.”

The Master of Science in public health is offered by the Division of Public Health Practice in the School of Graduate Studies and Research. In 2009, CEPH voted to accredit Meharry’s MSPH program for a five-year term, ending in 2014. The MSPH program began its reaccreditation process in the fall of 2012 and a final self-study report for reaccreditation was prepared for CEPH in March 2014.  The CEPH Board of Councilors met on Sept. 18-20, 2014, to discuss renewal of the MSPH program and voted to accredit the program at this meeting.

Meharry Medical College, founded in 1876, is the nation’s largest, private, independent historically black academic health center dedicated solely to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church affiliated institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation’s health professions workforce. Diverse Issues in Higher Education’s ranking of institutions annually lists Meharry as a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences. Visit www.mmc.edu to learn more.

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