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Public health programs receive landmark accreditation

September 9, 2010

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SFU’s master of public health (MPH) degree is the first such program in English Canada to receive accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

"This confirms our MPH program is recognized by the lead accreditation group in the world and establishes us as a premier training program in Canada," says John O’Neil, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. "It also confirms for the public health community that our students are studying curriculum and competencies that meet international standards.

"Other programs in Canada may offer MPH programs, but without accreditation you have no idea what the students are learning. There is no standardization in those programs."

Public health graduates are trained to protect the community’s health through identifying, evaluating, and monitoring disease and illness patterns, and implementing programs and services to prevent disease and promote healthy environments and healthy living.

The accreditation also covers the faculty’s undergraduate bachelor of arts and bachelor of science programs.

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