Master of Public Health Program at Arcadia receives national accreditation

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The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program at Arcadia University has earned accreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for a five-year term, beginning July 1, 2013.

Arcadia’s MPH degree, housed in the College of Health Sciences and led by Dr. Andrea Crivelli-Kovach, Professor and Director of Community and Global Public Health, trains students to work effectively as public health professionals in community, government, academic and research organizations. With a CEPH accredited degree, graduates are eligible for highly competitive internships and employment opportunities at the CDC, NIH, and State Health Departments.

“Since its inception, the Master of Public Health program at Arcadia has provided students with a theoretical, intellectually challenging curriculum with practical, community-based placements to most effectively prepare graduates for success and leadership in the crucial field of public health,” said Dr. Archie Vomachka, Dean of the College of Health Sciences at Arcadia.

“To belong to an elite group of accredited public health academic programs in the nation is a testament to the program’s quality assurance,” said Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Arcadia. Excellence in education relates directly to proficiency in practice. Public health schools and programs focus on the preparation of individuals who will serve as practitioners, researchers, and teachers who are competent to carry out broad public health functions in local, state, national, and international settings.

“The accreditation process requires commitment from administrators, faculty, staff, students, and other constituents,” said Laura Rasar King, executive director of CEPH. “The Council recognizes the efforts of Arcadia University to make ongoing improvements to ensure that students receive a high-quality education that advances them toward their career goals.” CEPH accreditation carries many benefits. Arcadia is now listed in the CEPH directory of accredited programs that raises the program’s standing and visibility nationally and internationally. As a CEPH accredited program, Arcadia University will attract international health professionals supported by their Ministries of Health. Arcadia will also be able to accept Fulbright Fellows and recipients of other global support for advanced study.

The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) offers the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential as the core credential for public health professionals. The accreditation allows students who have completed the required core competencies and graduates to sit for the CPH exam. Arcadia is the eighth higher education institution in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to carry CEPH accreditation. Arcadia’s M.P.H. program also offers the following dual degrees:

· Public Health/Counseling Psychology

· Public Health/International Peace and Conflict Resolution

· Public Health/Physician Assistant

· Public Health/Physical Therapy

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About Arcadia University

Located in metropolitan Philadelphia, Arcadia University is a leader in study abroad and international education. The 2012 Open Doors names Arcadia first nationally in undergraduate students studying abroad, while U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia among the top regional universities in the North and one of the top study abroad programs, while ranking Arcadia’s Physical Therapy program 14th nationally. Arcadia provides a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students for success in a diverse and dynamic world. Visit