Mailman School of Public Health Accreditation

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education that accredits schools of public health. CEPH’s mission assures “quality in public health education and training to achieve excellence in practice, research and service, through collaboration with organization and community partners.”

As a member of the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health, the Mailman School of Public Health was reaccredited in 2010 and has begun the next process for reaccreditation

In addition, the Department of Health Policy and Management is a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. The management programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).


CEPH’s accreditation procedure requires the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health to undergo an extensive self-study that provides a qualitative and quantitative assessment of how well the School achieves its mission, goals and objectives and meets the accreditation criteria, as well as a candid assessment of strengths and weaknesses in terms of the School’s performance against the accreditation criteria. The self-study process engaged individuals from across the Mailman School and our key constituent groups. 

An external committee, organized by CEPH, is reviewing the self-study and conducting a site visit. The site visit team consisted of public health academics, practitioners, and accreditation specialists who met with the School’s senior leadership, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners as well as senior leadership of CUMC and the University. A link to the 2016-2017 self-study can be found here

Columbia University in the City of New York Accreditation

Columbia University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000 (MSCHE). Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, MSCHE is one of six regional higher education accrediting agencies in the United States working to define, maintain, and promote educational excellence across higher education institutions. Information on Columbia University’s decennial reaccreditation can be found here.