Graduate Program in Public Health at Mount Sinai Joins Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health

ASPPH connects public health schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

New York, NY
 – August 14, 2013 /Press Release/  –– 

The Graduate Program in Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has signed on as a founding member of the newly formed Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

ASPPH connects public health schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Officially launched August 1, 2013, ASPPH is the successor to the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH), which represented the 50 CEPH-accredited public health schools and eight associate members.  

“We are thrilled to join ASPPH as a founding member, said Nils Hennig, MD, PhD, MPH, Program Director of the Graduate Program in Public Health at Mount Sinai. “Membership in this new organization will benefit both our students and faculty, while also creating more visibility for our program to prospective students and further our collaborations with partner schools and programs of public health.”

CEPH is the independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the accrediting body for public health schools and programs. Accreditation is a rigorous peer-review process designed to assure quality education and training. The accreditation “seal of approval” means graduates are prepared to meet the demands of the 21st-century workforce. 

“This is a seminal moment in CEPH-accredited public health education,” says Dr. Harrison Spencer, president and CEO of ASPPH. “Representing both accredited schools and programs of public health gives the association and our members an opportunity to strengthen public health education, research, teaching, and practice.”

The move to bring schools and programs under one umbrella has been embraced by both CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health. To date, more than one-third of the 101 CEPH-accredited public health programs have joined as founding members of ASPPH. ASPPH will continue to work to bring in all CEPH-accredited programs of public health. 

Benefits of becoming an ASPPH member include one voice for accredited public health education, the centralized application service (SOPHAS), a strong representation on policy and advocacy, and data resources.

For a list of founding members click here.