For release: November 12, 2012
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Only four years after its creation, the School of Public Health at the University
of Memphis has been accepted as a candidate for accreditation by the Council on Education
for Public Health (CEPH). The Council approved the School’s request to begin the accreditation
process last month, and the School will have up to two years to submit a self-study
document and host an on-site visit by CEPH to achieve full accreditation.
As a result of CEPH’s acceptance of the School as a candidate for accreditation, the
Association of Schools of Public Health has accepted the School as an associate member.
“This is a rare event,” said Dr. Daniel Gentry, associate dean for academic and faculty
affairs with the School, “to be chosen for candidacy so early. It has taken two decades
for the number of fully accredited schools of public health to grow from 27 to 50,
and that is worldwide, not just nationwide. There are still states in this country
without an accredited school of public health, or even candidates for accreditation.
“The step to candidacy is half the battle toward accreditation. The candidacy itself
is difficult to achieve.”
Dr. Lisa Klesges, founding dean of the School, said this milestone toward accreditation
is the result of the work of the SPH faculty and staff as well as the office of the
president and provost of the University. “Their contributions in supporting the growth
of the School have been integral to our success.”
Gentry will direct the School’s accreditation efforts. He said many of the requirements
for full accreditation have already been met. “We have only a few benchmarks yet to
achieve. We could very well be visited by CEPH within 18 months, much sooner than
the two-year window allowed for self-study,” he said.