Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science Urban Public Health Program Granted CEPH Accreditation

The Council on Education for Public Health Grants Five Years of Accreditation in its First Review

Los Angeles, CA- The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs, granted Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science’s (CDU) Urban Public Health Program, Masters in Public Health (MPH) accreditation for five years, until July 1, 2017. This is the program’s first CEPH accreditation review.

The accreditation review included the conduct of a self-study process for the past three years by program constituents, the preparation of a document describing the program and its features in relation to the CEPH criteria for accreditation, and a visit in October 2011 by a CEPH team of peer reviewers. During the two-day visit, the CEPH team interviewed program and university officials, administrators, teaching faculty, practicum preceptors, students, alumni and community representatives. After full review, the MPH Program in Urban Public Health was deemed to have satisfied all the CEPH criteria and that CDU has all the necessary characteristics of a successful and sustainable public health program.

“The urban public health program plays a key role at CDU and helps students address systemic and societal factors that impact health in our communities,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President of CDU, “We are thrilled to receive accreditation, which will enhance our one-of-a-kind program and help grow our faculty, student enrollment and research efforts focused on reducing urban health disparities.”

Established in 2006, the Urban Public Health Program trains students to be prepared to address a wide range of urban health problems prevalent among the various ethnic groups, such as violence, substance abuse, mental illness, obesity, HIV/AIDS, and cardiovascular diseases, among others. The program, within the College of Science and Health, seeks to recruit students from the surrounding South Los Angeles community and other underserved urban areas with the aim that graduates return and serve their own community. In the last four years, 61 MPH students graduated.

**For more information on CDU’s Urban Public Health Program, visit the websiteHERE**

For more information, please contact:

Jessica Gelzer
323-892-2080 OR 818-399-4088

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals. The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the “best performer” in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute. For more information, visit .

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