MPH Program Accredited
By Doug Boyd
A national accrediting agency has given its approval to the master’s of public health program at the ECU Brody School of Medicine. The Council on Education for Public Health, an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and certain public health programs, awarded a five-year accreditation to the master’s degree program.
“This accreditation recognizes that the East Carolina University MPH program meets national criteria for educating public health professionals,” said Dr. Phyllis Horns, interim vice chancellor for health sciences at ECU and interim dean of the Brody School of Medicine.
CEPH’s accreditation procedures require that the program undertake a self-evaluation, submit a self-study document and host a team of qualified peer reviewers who make a site visit to the campus.
Dr. Lloyd Novick is director of the MPH program. It began in 2003 after a planning effort by an interdisciplinary group saw the need for an expanded public health workforce in eastern North Carolina. While the program is part of the medical school, the education is university-wide and includes the College of Health and Human Performance, School of Allied Health Sciences and School of Nursing. More than 50 faculty members are associated with the program.
The program has grown rapidly from its inception and had 70 students in 2006-2007. Approximately 40 students have been admitted for this fall, giving the program a total of 90 students.To date, 51 people have graduated from the program, many of whom are working in eastern North Carolina.