February16, 2007
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School of Public Health prepared for accreditation site visit Feb. 19-21

The president of the Council on Education for Public Health and a team of nationally prominent public health leaders and academicians will be on campus next week to conduct its periodic accreditation review of our School of Public Health’s mission and goals, organization, governance, resources, instructional programs, research, service, faculty, students, and evaluation and planning. Dozens of faculty, staff, students and alumni have spent hundreds of hours preparing for this important event.

Dean Fernando Treviño, PhD, MPH, says that the school earned the maximum accreditation term, five years, in its last review, and he is hoping for equally positive results this time. Once accredited, a school or program is reviewed at regular intervals, but at least every seven years. Among the strengths that this evaluation should reveal, he says, are the school’s cultural diversity, which is the best among the nation’s 37 accredited schools of public health; extensive involvement in the community; qualified faculty who have been recruited from leading institutions such as Johns Hopkins, Penn State and Yale; and a competency-based curriculum that produces highly capable alumni.

While on site, the team will interview Health Science Center officials, school administrators, faculty, students, alumni and community leaders; inspect facilities and resources; and examine supporting documentation. On the last day of the site visit, Wednesday, Feb. 21, the site visit team will conduct an exit interview at 1 pm in EAD 719 that is open to all interested parties.

The Council on Education for Public Health board of directors will meet this summer and formally vote on the school’s accreditation status. UNT HSC Logo  


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