Accreditation has two fundamental purposes: to ensure the quality of the institution or programs, and to assist in the improvement of the institution or program.
The Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice (CPHSJ) is in the midst of its reaccreditation activity.
Accreditation assures students and prospective employers that an educational degree program has met stringent field standards of quality. It ensures that graduates have received quality training and education and are capable of performing a broad range of professional responsibilities.
SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools/colleges of public health every seven years. The purpose of the accreditation process is to ensure that these schools properly prepare students for entry into careers in public health.
Colleges are evaluated against criteria that establish expectations for the college's mission, goals, evaluation and planning, governance, resources, educational programs, research, community service, faculty and students. To be accredited, colleges are required to conduct a self-evaluation and then submit a self-study report on how the school meets each of the criteria.
A team of qualified peer reviewers conducts an on-site visit to validate the finding of the self-study report. The team interviews college administrators, faculty, students, alumni, community leaders and university administrators. The team also inspects the college's facilities, examines appropriate documentation and prepares a report of its findings to the CEPH board responsible for granting accreditation.
Students entering a CEPH accredited college are assured of an education with high standards of quality and membership in a network of professional colleagues that transcends boundaries of universities and professional associations.
SLU's MSW and BSSW programs have has been fully accredited since 1933; its accrediting body is the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
The Council, founded in 1952, is a partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.
CSWE works to ensure the preparation of competent social work professionals by providing national leadership and a forum for collective action. The main responsibility of CSWE is to promote and maintain the high quality of social work education. In addition, CSWE strives to stimulate knowledge and curriculum development, to advance social justice, and to strengthen community and individual well being.
Students graduating with a degree from the School of Social Work will have a degree accredited by the college's accrediting agency CEPH and by the school's accrediting agency CSWE.
SLU's Master of Health Administration has been fully accredited since 1968; its accrediting body is the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).
CAHME is an interdisciplinary group of educational, professional, clinical, and commercial organizations devoted to accountability and quality improvement of education for healthcare management and administration professionals. The purpose of CAHME accreditation process is to ensure that colleges with health management programs properly prepare students for entry into careers in health management and health administration.
Students graduating with a Master of Health Administration degree will have a degree accredited by the college's accrediting agency CEPH and by the degree's accrediting agency CAHME.