I am excited to announce that the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) has approved the accreditation of the Brown University School of Public Health for seven more years: the maximum award, which is a significant achievement! CEPH, the independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools and programs of public health, has re-accredited the School through December 31, 2028.
This re-accreditation marks the culmination of many months of hard work by so many stakeholders at the School, the University, and our amazing community partners. I have to acknowledge the steadfast leadership of Dean Melissa Clark whose knowledge, dedication, and perseverance throughout the process have been essential. In addition, I am thankful to the “village” of administrators and faculty who worked tirelessly attending meetings and gathering data for the self-study and the CEPH site visit. Between September 2019 and March 2021, the School engaged virtually with its stakeholders in a rigorous self-study process. This entailed the active participation of faculty, staff, students, senior administrators, alumni, and community members in the assessment of all aspects of the School’s operations, including its resource sufficiency, academic effectiveness, and mission accomplishment. The result was a 380+-page report bolstered by hundreds of pages of supporting evidence.
CEPH accreditation attests to the quality of our School and will continue to enhance our national reputation as we attract the next generation of leaders who will take on the public health challenges of our time.
I so appreciate your hard work and support of our School of Public Health throughout this journey. You should be proud of your contributions, not only to the accreditation process, but also to the continuing growth, evolution, and excellence of the Brown University School of Public Health.
In celebration and thanks,
Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH