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The best way to be sure that the Master of Public Health (MPH) degree program or school you choose will meet the standards in the industry is to ensure it has the accepted US accreditation. There is only one national accrediting body for MPH degrees, the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), but there are several regional bodies that issue accreditation that indicate a university complies with standards within different states.

The CEPH is an independent accreditation agency for public health programs and schools of public health officially recognized by the United States Department of Education. They evaluate public health schools and programs to make sure they meet the standards of the public health industry in the USA. If the school or program is accredited by the CEPH, one can rest assured that it meets stringent quality standards.

This means not only that the course will be top notch, but also that potential employers will know that it meets the best possible professional standards. This will give students an advantage over applicants who have studied at schools, or enrolled in programs that are not accredited.

Also, the CEPH, the US Department of Education recognizes six regional associations that do regional accreditation. These bodies do accreditation according to physical locations within the US, to ensure that institutions offering public health programs meet acceptable industry standards. They do not accredit public health programs.

Regional Associations Recognized by the US Department of Education:

There is also a Council on Education for Public Health that accredits public health programs and schools of public health in the US (including those offering “distance education”), at baccalaureate and graduate degree levels for participation in Title IV programs.

These programs are authorized under the Higher Education Act, and they provide federal student aid including loans and grants, as well as federal work-study.

Sources:

http://www.careersinpublichealth.net/resources/how-choose-best-mph-degree
http://ceph.org/constituents/students/faqs/#3

Schools with Online MPH Programs
A.T. Still University Online MPH
Benedictine University Online MPH
Concordia University of Nebraska Online MPH
Creighton University Online MPH
Des Moines University Online MPH
East Tennessee State University Online MPH
Emory University Online MPH
Florida A&M University Online MPH
George Washington University Online MPH
Idaho State University Online MPH
Johns Hopkins University Online MPH
Liberty University Online MPH
Loma Linda University Online MPH
Loyola University Online MPH
Medical College of Wisconsin Online MPH
New Mexico State University Online MPH
New York Medical College Online MPH
Northern Illinois University Online MPH
Nova Southeastern University Online MPH
OHSU-PSU School of Public Health Online MPH
Rivier University Online MPH Programs
San Jose State University Online MPH
Simmons College Online MPH Program
Tulane University Online MPH
University at Albany-SUNY Online MPH
University of Alabama Online MPH
University of Alaska Online MPH
University of California Berkeley Online MPH
University of Florida Online MPH
University of Illinois Online MPH
University of Massachusetts-Amherst Online MPH
University of Minnesota Online MPH
University of Montana Online MPH
University of Nebraska Medical Center Online MPH
University of New England Online MPH
University of North Carolina Online MPH
University of North Texas Online MPH
University of South Carolina Online MPH
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University of Southern California Online MPH
University of West Florida Online MPH
West Virginia University Online MPH

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