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MPH Program Achieves National Accreditation

The University of Illinois Springfield's Master's Degree in Public Health (MPH) program has secured national accreditation from the esteemed Council on Education for Public Health. This achievement is a first in the program's 32-year history.

CEPH accreditation, the pinnacle of recognition in the field, is the result of an exhaustive three-year evaluation process. It scrutinizes program aspects ranging from curriculum and faculty to facilities and student support services.

Before this accreditation, the UIS MPH program boasted a stellar reputation, owing much to its highly successful Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) initiative. An impressive 80% of on-campus MPH students secured GPSI positions, alleviating the financial burden of tuition costs.

This accreditation brings forth a host of advantages:

  1. Expanded Horizons: Graduates now enjoy increased professional mobility and access to promising career opportunities, especially in fields requiring graduation from accredited programs.

  2. Assured Prospects: Aspiring students can rest assured that UIS meets industry-established quality standards.

  3. Employer Confidence: Employers can trust in the competence of UIS graduates, confident that they possess the skills needed in today's workforce.

A recent study in the American Journal of Public Health validates UIS's new standing, with 82% of U.S. public health graduate degrees in 2020 originating from CEPH-accredited programs. CEPH's recognition by the U.S. Department of Education solidifies its role as a reputable accrediting body for public health programs. UIS's accreditation, granted during CEPH's June meeting, is effective until 2028.


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