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The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), which is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools and programs of public health. CEPH assists schools and programs in evaluating the quality of their instructional, research, and service efforts, and grants accreditation to those schools and programs that meet its published criteria. At its June 15-18, 2016 meeting, CEPH re-accredited the UAB School of Public Health (SOPH) for a seven-year term, extending the school's accreditation through July 1, 2023. UAB has the only CEPH-accredited School of Public Health in Alabama.

SOPH has maintained CEPH accreditation since 1978. Our School has a rich history of self-assessment, evaluation, and quality improvement, for the pursuit of excellence in public health education. The ongoing process of review, reflection, and accreditation assists schools and programs in improving the quality of their instructional, research, and service efforts. CEPH accreditation protects the interests of students and the public by assuring that public health schools and programs produce quality graduates who engage in public health practice or research. CEPH grants accreditation only to schools and programs that have engaged in a thorough and ongoing review process and who agree to continuous quality improvement to meet or exceed CEPH standards.

Every seven years CEPH requires schools and programs to apply for re-accreditation. A critical part of re-accreditation is a self-study process of 18-24 months followed by a site visit. 2022 begins the final year of the school’s current accreditation process, with a with a CEPH site visit scheduled for early 2023.

For more information or to assist with the re-accreditation review, please contact Kelley Swatzell, MPH, DrPH, Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Accreditation at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Timeline of Accreditation Activities

  • Summer 2022: Faculty and staff review and provide feedback on draft sections of the self-study document and the UAB SOPH Strategic Planning initiatives.
  • September 1, 2022: SOPH submits the preliminary self-study document to CEPH.
  • Fall 2022: Opportunity for third-party comments, constituents are invited to provide written comments to CEPH.
  • Fall 2022: CEPH provides feedback about the preliminary self-study document.
  • December 2022 - January 2023: Mock Site Visits
    • Volunteers are sought to participate in a simulated site visit (Virtual/ On-site).
  • January 9, 2023: Final self-study document is submitted to CEPH.
  • February 8-10, 2023: CEPH Site Visit

Contact CEPH

Council on Education for Public Health
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD 20910