Master of Public Health Accreditation

Now Accepting Comments

The Master of Public Health degree program at The University of Southern Mississippi is scheduled for an accreditation review and on-site visit 11-12 December 2014. The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is the accrediting body. CEPH is accepting written comments by third parties until 30 days before the site visit. The deadline for comments is 11 November 2014. Comments must be in writing, must be specific, and should be sent directly to the team coordinator by email ( or by mail to CEPH, 1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Comments submitted to CEPH are confidential, viewed only by the site team and other CEPH personnel, if needed.


History and Accreditation

In May 1989, the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi approved the creation of the Center for Community Health at The University of Southern Mississippi.  In December 1989, the Board gave approval for the Center to grant the first Master of Public Health degree offered in Mississippi.  The Master of Public Health degree is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), the national accrediting body for programs in Public Health, as a Community Health/Preventive Medicine program. The first class of students was admitted to the MPH program in the summer of 1990.  Initial CEPH accreditation was awarded in 1993, with the program being reaccredited in 1997. In 2001, the MPH program was awarded reaccreditation for a minimum of five years. The unit was renamed the Department of Community Health Sciences in 2004. In 2006, the Department instituted the Executive Master of Public Health in Health Services Administration program. The Department was granted reaccrediation in October 2007 for a period of seven years.  The Department will seek reaccrediation in 2014. In July 2013, the name was changed to the Department of Public Health. 


Mission and Goals of the Master of Public Health Program

The mission of the University of Southern Mississippi  Master of Public Health Program is to advance the public's health through education, research, and service with a focus on preparing students to become competent public health practitioners and/or administrators.

The University of Southern Mississippi MPH program currently has three overarching goals regarding instruction, research, and service.

Instruction: To provide comprehensive public health education and professional development to students in the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, health administration, health policy, social and behavioral aspects of health, and environmental health. Additionally, to provide specialized training beyond the core competency level in the emphasis areas of health education and health promotion, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health policy and administration. 

Research:  To develop an innovative, focused program of applied research that rewards scholarship and fosters collaborative research efforts with other academic programs, disciplines and practitioners to increase the knowledge in the field of public health practice. 

Service: To contribute to the development of public health policy and practice at the local, regional, national, and international levels through the active participation of our faculty and students with organizations which strive to improve the health of their community’s population.