What Is Accreditation and Why Is It Important?
Accreditation has two fundamental purposes: to ensure the quality of and to assist in the improvement of an institution or program.
Accreditation assures students and prospective employers that a degree program has met stringent field and quality standards.
It ensures that graduates have received quality training and education, and are capable of performing a broad range of professional responsibilities.
College for Public Health and Social Justice
|Master of Health Administration
|Accredited by CEPH
|Accredited by CAHME
|First School Accreditation: 1995
|First Accreditation: 1968
|Last Accreditation: 2023
|Last Accreditation: 2018
|2023 CEPH Report (PDF)
|Next Accreditation: 2030
|Next Accreditation: 2024
Saint Louis University’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 programs of public health every seven years. The purpose of the accreditation process is to ensure that these schools properly prepare students to enter careers in public health.
Each college is evaluated against criteria that establish expectations for its 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 a competency-based education with high standards of quality and membership in a network of professional colleagues that transcends the boundaries of universities and professional associations.
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 health care management and administration professionals. The purpose of the CAHME accreditation process is to ensure that colleges with health management programs properly prepare students to enter careers in health management and health administration.
SLU’s Master of Health Administration degree is accredited by both the college's accrediting agency, CEPH, and by the degree's accrediting agency, CAHME.