How Can I Tell if an Online Public Health Degree Program Is Accredited?

There are several methods for finding out if online public health schools and degree programs are accredited. The most direct approach may be to search the United States Department of Education website. Regional accreditation agencies also provide search tools on their independent websites. For public health schools in particular, accreditation can be determined on one of two related websites. Read on to learn more about these options. Schools offering Public Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Accreditation for Online Public Health Schools

Although online public health degree programs cannot be searched and verified individually, the accreditation of host schools is easy to determine. The Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) is the only national organization for the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) in North America. Member schools are those that provide approved graduate-level curricula for the five core areas of public health. Accredited schools are listed on the association's website (www.asph.org) as well as the council's website (www.ceph.org).

Important Facts about This Area of Study

Programs Biostatistics, community health sciences, health policy and management, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, public health nutrition, geographic information science, finance, marketing
Degrees Certificates, undergraduate, graduate
Online Availability Many select schools
Possible Careers Medical and health services manager, community health worker, educator, state and local health departments, hospitals and medical facilities, nonprofit organizations

Regional Accreditation for Online Schools

In order to determine whether an online school is regionally accredited, check the school's website to verify its location of base operation. Then check which agencies grant accreditation to schools in that region (more than one regional agency may cover certain areas). The following regional accreditation agencies are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education:

  • The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accredits schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
  • The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA) is the regional agency accrediting schools in the states of Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the Navajo Nation.
  • The Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges (MSA) accredits schools in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It also accredits schools in Central America, Europe and the Middle East.
  • The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) is the agency that accredits schools in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Latin America.
  • The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits schools in California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Palau, Micronesia, the Northern Marianas, the Marshall Islands and other Australasian locations.
  • The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is in charge of accrediting schools in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

If you earned your public health degree from an online school that is accredited by any of these agencies, it is valid and will be recognized by other universities and prospective employers.

U.S. Department of Education Accreditation List

The U.S. Department of Education does not accredit schools itself, but it does maintain an online database of accredited schools. You can search this database at http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/ to check the accreditation status of a school you're considering for online public health studies.

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