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Master of Public Health reaccreditation lets NMSU pursue new degrees, partnerships

New Mexico State University's Master of Public Health Program has received a seven-year reaccreditation by the Council for Education in Public Health. With the reaccreditation, NMSU's Department of Health Science can now pursue establishing a number of dual/joint programs.

"This was certainly welcome news," said Mark Kittleson, head of NMSU's Department of Health Sciences. "Being an accredited CEPH program allows more options for our graduates than those who graduate from non-accredited programs. For example, in states like California only those who graduate from accredited MPH programs are eligible to apply for state jobs. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention allow opportunities for post-graduate fellowships, but only if they graduated from an accredited program."

Kittleson said NMSU remains the only institution in the country with both a CEPH accredited MPH program in Community Health Education and an approved/accredited undergraduate program in Community Health Education. The program was last accredited by the organization in 2004.

With the reaccreditation, the department plans to move forward and begin discussions to establish a Master of Public Health/Master of Business Administration with NMSU's College of Business. Kittleson said he would also like to have a Master of Public Health/Master of Public Administration and will be initiating conversations with that program shortly. The department is also in the early stages of creating the country's first Doctor of Nurse Practitioner/Master of Public Health degree.