UNLV’s School of Community Health Sciences has been designated as the first accredited school of public health in Nevada by the Council of Education for Public Health (CEPH). There are presently just 66 schools worldwide with this distinction, which recognize efforts to offer quality education and prepare students for impactful professions in public health after graduation.
“Following a thorough and extensive review process, we are thrilled to be the very first CEPH-accredited school of public health in the state,” said Shawn Gerstenberger, dean of the School of Neighborhood Health Sciences. “This is a significant accomplishment for the school and a reflection of the effort of faculty and staff to offer quality education and prepare trainees for professions in public health. We stay devoted to attaining scholastic excellence in cooperation with CEPH and the UNLV neighborhood.
CEPH is the only organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to recognize public health schools and programs. The school earned CEPH accreditation for its Master in Public Health program in June 2013. Since the accreditation is transitioning from a CEPH program to a CEPH school of public health, the accreditation is retroactive and will be recognized from that date.
This statement follows the school’s recent accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Management Education (CAHME) for its Master in Health Care Administration and Executive Master in Health Care Administration programs– the only CAHME-accredited programs in Nevada. The school’s Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration and Policy program is likewise licensed by the Association of University Programs in Healthcare Administration (AUPHA).