MPH Accreditation Application Status Approved
The governing body of the Council on Education for Public Health, the nationally recognized accrediting body for programs in public health, has approved Andrews University’ s request to begin the accreditation process for its Public Health Program. CEPH’s procedures provide that the Department of Public Health and Wellness has up to two years to undertake a self-study and submit a self-study document. An on-site visit by a team of peer reviewers will follow the self-study submission.
The MPH program at Andrews University is the only online MPH program in Nutrition and Wellness in the country. Offered at a 50% tuition discount, this new program will prepare health professionals for service in the church and community by building knowledge and skills necessary to enhance the health of human populations and promote a healthy lifestyle through personal and community efforts.
The first MPH cohort has 25 students from Barbados, Guadeloupe, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad, and United States of America. Enrollment for the current cohort exceeded our projection by 108%. We have already accepted students for Fall 2014 and continue to receive applications. We thank God for blessing the joint effort of three schools – School of Distance Education, Graduate School, and School of Health Professions.
Dr. Emmanuel Rudatsikira, Dean of the School of Health Professions, says the demand for public health professions in the workforce continues to be high across the United States and globally. Citing information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Rudatsikira says employment opportunities are expected to grow by 37% from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations (14%).
“This prediction translates into about 23,200 new jobs for public health professionals over the next 10 years,” says Dr. Rudatsikira. “According to the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), there are 62 accredited online public health programs in the United States. However, there are only two Master of Public Health programs in nutrition. Our program, with emphasis on vegetarian lifestyle and wellness, is unique and presently the only one of its kind.”