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Accreditation, Competencies and Values


Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) school of Public Health is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH, is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools and programs of public health.

The Board of the Council on Education for Public Health voted to approve SIUC's Public Health Program for the maximum 7-year term allowed, September 2018.

For more information on the SIUC's Public Health Program accreditation, please contact



Graduate-Level Professional Foundational Public Health Knowledge:

  1. Explain public health history, philosophy and values
  2. Identify the core functions of public health and the 10 Essential Services
  3. Explain the role of quantitative and qualitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health
  4. List major causes and trends of morbidity and mortality in the US or other community relevant to the school or program
  5. Discuss the science of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention in population health, including health promotion, screening, etc.
  6. Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge
  7. Explain effects of environmental factors on a population’s health
  8. Explain biological and genetic factors that affect a population’s health
  9. Explain behavioral and psychological factors that affect a population’s health
  10. Explain the social, political and economic determinants of health and how they contribute to population health and health inequities
  11. Explain how globalization affects global burdens of disease
  12. Explain an ecological perspective on the connections among human health, animal health and ecosystem health (e.g., One Health)
SIU Public Health Student

M.P.H. Foundational Competencies:

SIUC M.P.H. Concentration Competencies

  • Analyze health disparities and social determinants of health among rural and/or underserved populations.
  • Identify the challenges and evaluate community-based partnerships as applied to rural and/or underserved populations (e.g. the Illinois Counties in the Delta Regional Authority).
  • Plan interventions to improve health in rural, underserved and/or veteran populations.
  • Describe and demonstrate the methods of spatial analysis, focusing on rural and or underserved regions.
  • Identify and make accessible community resources related to a specific health issue or a specific target audience (e.g. veterans).

Mission of the M.P.H. Program:

The mission of the Master of Public Health Program in Community Health Education at SIU Carbondale is to promote public health through professional preparation of community health educators, ongoing development of practitioners, community service, and research/evaluation related to public health.

M.P.H. Program Values:

The values advanced by the faculty and students affiliated with the SIUC MPH program include:

  1. Bi-directional LEARNING through teaching and shared, interactive experiences;
  2. SERVICE through participation in initiatives that contribute to a rich experience in university, community, and professional settings;
  3. DISCOVERY through participation in collaborative and interdisciplinary research that leads to publishable works and other scholarly products that advance the public health evidence-base;
  4. A healthy and supportive work ENVIRONMENT that recognizes achievement, cultivates professional development of its faculty, staff, and students, and is fair, equitable, nurturing, and respectful, as well as free from actions that compromise personal well-being and growth; and
  5. DIVERSITY, through inclusiveness and respect for individuals and groups of different backgrounds, interests, cultures, and practices.

The core values of the MPH program are operationalized in teaching, research, and service. These core values are integrated in coursework, community service, and research. Moreover, they demonstrate a commitment to practice that is imbued with strong ethical principles. The MPH program concentrates on integrating contemporary public health issues facing rural communities with its teaching/learning, research/discovery, and service activities.

M.P.H. Goal Statements:

  • Learning Goal Statement:
    The MPH program will advance a teaching-learning community that nurtures research/discovery, leadership, and ethical practice for faculty and students to help build and maintain a competent, professionally-prepared public health workforce.
  • Service Goal Statement:
    Persons affiliated with the MPH program will attain leadership positions in service to the University, the profession, and the local community and beyond that promote these entities.
  • Discovery Goal Statement:
    Persons affiliated with the MPH program will create and disseminate new knowledge through interdisciplinary initiatives to inform public health practice applying professional and ethical standards.
  • Environment Goal Statement:
    The MPH program will enhance its overall capacity to build and sustain the public health workforce by providing a work setting that facilitates faculty, staff, and student success, and by sustaining a strong intellectual environment outside of the classroom.
  • Diversity Goal Statement:
    The MPH program will engage diverse faculty, staff, and students to work toward health equity and social justice, without discrimination, for the people of the surrounding communities, the State of Illinois, the nation, and in the world community.