Tuskegee University Graduate Public Health Program Receives Full Accreditation


July 01, 2022

Contact: Anissa Riley, Director of External Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine

Professors and students of the TU Department of Graduate Studies Public Health Program (DGPH).

TUSKEGEE, Ala. – Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine’s (TUCVM) Department of Graduate Public Health (DGPH) Master of Public Health program is now fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH has informed Tuskegee University President Dr. Charlotte Morris that Tuskegee University’s Master of Public Health program has been reviewed by the CEPH Board of Trustees who acted at their meeting. June 1-3, 2022 to approve full accreditation for a five-year accreditation period.
“Tuskegee University is thrilled to build on the legacy of the only College of Veterinary Medicine within a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the United States with the full five-year accreditation of this essential program. Faculty, staff, and students support the university and surrounding communities by training the next generation of public health professionals with a focus on health equity through the lens of public engagement ethics,” said Dr. Charlotte P. Morris, president of Tuskegee University.

CEPH is the independent body nationally recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit public health schools and programs. CEPH helps schools and programs assess the quality of their teaching, research, and service efforts, and grants accreditation to schools and programs that meet its published criteria. CEPH accreditation sets a standard by which all accredited public health schools and programs work to improve the health of human populations, through organized community effort.

Tuskegee University’s public health program is now one of only two CEPH-accredited public health programs in the state of Alabama. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Public Health is the other CEPH-accredited program in Alabama.

“The Public Health Graduate Program here at Tuskegee University has been working diligently for accreditation since the governing body of the Council on Education for Public Health formally acted at its June 2018 meeting. to approve Tuskegee University’s application to begin the accreditation process for the Generalist MPH degree. We thanked the President, Dr. Charlotte Morris, and her administration for supporting the college and the DGPH program in implementing the intensive credentialing process,” said Dr. Ruby L. Perry, Dean of Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine.

“I am also grateful to Advocate Crystal James for her tireless efforts and leadership as Department Head for several years, which helped to advance the program to Department status first and then to obtain its accreditation status after completion of a rigorous self-study and site. visit,” added Dean Perry.

The Deputy Director of the DGPH Career Analysis and Placement Program with MPH graduate students.
The Deputy Director of Career Analysis and Placement of the DGPH Program with MPH
graduate students.

DGPH completed a meticulous self-assessment process that involved a systematic and rigorous assessment of the quality and content of teaching, research and service programs. This process was guided by the CEPH criteria and involved multiple stakeholders. A Self-Assessment Committee comprised of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners was formed to ensure broad representation in the self-assessment process.

“Although I no longer serve as head of the department, I am extremely excited about the future of Tuskegee University’s DGPH program and grateful for the support and leadership of President Morris and Dean Perry in navigating the development process. accreditation that was pretty intense,” Atty said. Crystal James, acting vice president of external affairs and general counsel at Tuskegee University.

“Our Self-Study Committee was supported by a three-member internal steering committee (Dean Ruby Perry, Dr. Rueben Warren, Atty. Crystal James), a four-member subcommittee of the external advisory committee {Dr. Bailus Walker (deceased), Dr Maleeka Glover, Dr Kimberly Taylor, Dr Lucenia Dunn and Dr Pamela Payne-Foster} who was responsible for synthesizing comments into a final self-assessment report. The dedication of all committee members was critical to the success of the DGPH accreditation program, as they were responsible for synthesizing feedback into a final self-assessment report that we submitted to CEPH in November 2021 and which then led to full accreditation of the graduate program in public health for the next five years,” Atty. James concluded.

CEPH’s mission is to ensure quality public health education and training to achieve excellence in practice, research and service, through collaboration with organizational and community partners. As part of the reaccreditation cycle, CEPH requires schools and programs to apply for reaccreditation. An essential part of re-accreditation is an 18-24 month self-study process followed by an on-site visit. Tuskegee University’s graduate public health program will need to seek re-accreditation in 2027. To learn more about CEPH, visit https://ceph.org/.

About Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine

Located in Alabama as one of two accredited veterinary programs in the state, Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM) was envisioned in 1944 by Dr. Frederick D. Patterson, founder of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and officially established in Tuskegee in 1945. TUCVM is the only professional veterinary medicine program located on the campus of a historically black college or university (HBCU) in the United States. The College has educated over 70% of the nation’s African American veterinarians and has been recognized as the most diverse of any veterinary school/college in the nation. The primary mission of the College is to provide an environment that fosters a spirit of active, independent, and self-directed learning, intellectual curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, ethics, and leadership; and promotes education, research and services in veterinary medicine and related disciplines. For more information, visit www.tuskegee.edu/vetmed.

About the Department of Graduate Studies in Public Health

The Department of Graduate Studies in Public Health (DGPH) program is under the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM). The DGPH currently manages two flagship programs that focus its activities on the mission, vision and core values ​​of the DGPH. The Public Health Graduate Program accepted its first cohort in August 2011, charged with the rights and privileges of offering the Master of Public Health and Master of Science in Public Health (MPH) degrees. The vision of the DGPH program is to address health inequities and to protect, promote and maintain the health of the public. Building on the legacy of Tuskegee University, the mission of the DGPH program is to prepare the next generation of diverse leadership through research, innovation, advocacy, and community engagement. The core values ​​of the DGPH program include ethical leadership, integrity, excellence, and gender, ethnic, and cultural diversity. For more information, visit https://www.tuskegee.edu/programs-courses/colleges-schools/cvm/cvm-department-of-graduate-public-health.

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