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Faculty of Health Sciences seeks accreditation

June 11, 2009

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The Faculty of Health Sciences is seeking to become the first program in Western Canada, and only the second in the country, to be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Based in Washington, D.C., it is the main accrediting body for public health schools and programs internationally.

According to Craig Janes, associate dean of FHS, accreditation offers many benefits: "It provides assurance that our programs are evaluated and judged to meet international standards established by the profession, it provides assurance that our graduates have essential jobs skills, it is an important indicator of our program’s quality, and it will enhance the faculty’s national and international reputation."

A site-visit team will review the faculty his fall. Janes asks all interested parties to read the accreditation documents at www.fhs.sfu.ca/accreditation-process and refer any comments to Leslie Techy (ltechy@sfu.ca) or to the Council on Education for Public Health, 800 Eye Street, NW, Suite 202,.Washington, DC 20001-3710 by Sept. 19, 2009.

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