What is accreditation and why is it important?

Accreditation has two fundamental purposes: to ensure the quality and to assist in the improvement of an institution or program.

Accreditation assures students and prospective employers that a degree program has met stringent field and quality standards.

It ensures that graduates have received quality training and education, and are capable of performing a broad range of professional responsibilities. 

College for Public Health and Social Justice

Bachelor and Master of Social Work Master of Health Administration
Accredited by CEPH Accredited by CSWE Accredited by CAHME
First School Accreditation: 1991 First Accreditation: 1933 First Accreditation: 1968
Last Accreditation: 2016 Last Accreditation: 2009 Last Accreditation: 2011
2016 CEPH Report Next Accreditation: 2018 Next Accreditation: 2017 

College for Public Health and Social Justice

Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice is fully accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit programs of public health every seven years. The purpose of the accreditation process is to ensure that these schools properly prepare students to enter careers in public health.

ceph logo council on education for public healthEach college is evaluated against criteria that establish expectations for its mission, goals, evaluation and planning, governance, resources, educational programs, research, community service, faculty and students. To be accredited, colleges are required to conduct a self-evaluation and then submit a self-study report on how the school meets each of the criteria.

A team of qualified peer reviewers conducts an on-site visit to validate the finding of the self-study report. The team interviews college administrators, faculty, students, alumni, community leaders and university administrators. The team also inspects the college's facilities, examines appropriate documentation and prepares a report of its findings to the CEPH board responsible for granting accreditation.

Students entering a CEPH accredited college are assured of a competency-based education with high standards of quality and membership in a network of professional colleagues that transcends boundaries of universities and professional associations.

Public Health Class
Public Health students are prepared to excel in their careers after graduation.

Master's and Bachelor's of Social Work (M.S.W. and B.S.S.W)

SLU's M.S.W. and B.S.S.W. programs have has been fully accredited since 1933; its accrediting body is the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

The Council, founded in 1952, is a partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies and private citizens. It is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States.

CSWE ensures the preparation of competent social work professionals by providing national leadership and a forum for collective action. Its main responsibility is to promote and maintain the high quality of social work education. In addition, CSWE strives to stimulate knowledge and curriculum development, to advance social justice, and to strengthen community and individual well being.

SLU’s social work degrees are accredited by both the college's accrediting agency, CEPH, and by the school's accrediting agency, CSWE.

logo for the council on social work education

Master of Health Administration

SLU's Master of Health Administration has been fully accredited since 1968; its accrediting body is the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).

CAHME is an interdisciplinary group of educational, professional, clinical and commercial organizations devoted to accountability and quality improvement of education for health care management and administration professionals. The purpose of the CAHME accreditation process is to ensure that colleges with health management programs properly prepare students to enter  careers in health management and health administration.

SLU’s Master of Health Administration degree is accredited by both the college's accrediting agency, CEPH, and by the degree's accrediting agency, CAHME.

Logo of the accrediting body CAHME