St. George’s University Earns US Accreditation for MPH Program

CEPH Approves Grenada School as 5th Outside US

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) announced its accreditation of the St. George’s University’s Master of Public Health program, making the University only the fifth non-US institution approved holding this distinction.

St. George’s University’s Public Health Program is eleven years old and is offered within its schools of medicine and veterinary medicine. Students may earn independent MPH degrees or joint degrees, such as the MD/MPH and the DVM/MPH.

“CEPH accreditation is coveted by public health programs across the world and we are honored to be in such good, if select, company,” said Omur Cinar Elci, MD, PhD, Chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at St. George’s. “This accreditation validates the critical importance of internationalism in public health education, and will encourage greater scholarly outcomes through new partnerships for collaborative research and service activities.”

Chancellor Charles R. Modica said, “The successful accreditation outcome is an historical moment for the University. This marks our first US accreditation and adds to the long list of recognitions and approvals of our School of Medicine by external bodies across the world.”

The Council on Education for Public Health is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit public health schools and programs. Accreditation from this council enhances the stature of SGU around the globe and strengthens SGU’s commitment to providing a public health program of excellence to its students, an exceptional work environment for its faculty and for the pursuit of public health programs that will have a positive impact on the people, animals and the environment in the Caribbean region.

For faculty and staff, CEPH accreditation will encourage greater scholarly outcomes through new partnerships for collaborative research and service activities. For prospective and current students, accreditation provides to an opportunity to participate in an acclaimed program as well as greater opportunities for student loans and scholarships available only to students enrolled in CEPH accredited schools and programs. Accreditation is important to alumni of the program as it provides eligibility to obtain Board Certification in Public Health (CPH) which provides new and higher standards of employment opportunities.

Furthermore, various medical residency programs, such as Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Occupational Medicine, and Preventive Medicine require or encourage an MPH degree in their curriculum. Only the alumni of CEPH accredited MPH programs can transfer their MPH credits into the residency training. Therefore SGU MD/MPH alumni will not only shorten their residency periods, they will attract more and higher standard residency programs. For our community partners, accreditation equates to an appreciation that they are working in collaboration with a program whose standards have been internationally recognized.

Through this accreditation, SGU reaffirms its commitment to the highest standard of public health excellence and to positively contributing to global public health challenges today and in the future.