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Arnold School of Public Health


Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the Arnold School has been fully accredited since 1977.

Last reviewed in 2009, the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). If you wish to review the 2009 final self-study document or the resulting site visit report confirming our current accreditation status, please contact Dr. Lee Pearson, associate dean for operations and accreditation, at

Self-Study Process

We are actively involved in a comprehensive self-study process that will culminate in a site visit to be scheduled in the Spring of 2017. During this process, there will be opportunities for our faculty, staff, student, alumni and community partners to engage in discussions about our programs and to provide feedback for the self-study. This page will have current information about the self-study process and your opportunities for involvement, but you are welcome to submit comments at any time to Dr. Pearson or Dr. Delores Pluto, director of evaluation and academic assessment, at

The self-study will respond to the CEPH criteria for schools of public health. The 29 criteria are grouped into four broad categories: the school of public health; instructional programs; creation, application and advancement of knowledge, and faculty, staff and students. Because we are accredited as a school, not at the individual program level, the accreditation standards impact every aspect of our operation (e.g., administration, research, strategic planning and resources), our degree programs (all levels – bachelor's, master's, and doctoral), and all disciplines—including those programs with separate program accreditations.

General Timeline for Self-Study

Date Activity
 September 30 - October 2, 2009 Previous site visit 
 June 2010 Accreditation renewed through June 30, 2017 
2014-2015 Planning for self-study 
2015-2016 Self-study preparation, data collection, reflection 
October 31, 2016 Submit preliminary self-study to CEPH 
December 1-2, 2016  Mock site visit
December 29, 2016 Receive comments on preliminary self-study 
February 28, 2017  Submit final self-study to CEPH 

To review the self-study report, click here [pdf]
March 29-31, 2017  Accreditation site visit 
October 2017  Accreditation decision by CEPH Board of Councilors