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LRU's Public Health (MPH) program receives accreditation
LRU's Public Health (MPH) program receives accreditation

Lenoir-Rhyne University's Master of Public Health (MPH) program recently received accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for a five-year term.

The MPH program, which is housed on both the University's Hickory and Asheville campuses, is one of 11 programs offered in the College of Health Sciences. Receiving accreditation makes LRU one of five institutions in North Carolina, and the only private University in the state, with a CEPH-accredited MPH program. The accredited status ensures coursework aligns with the accreditation standards set forth by the CEPH, an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs.

"Receiving accreditation is an acknowledgement of the quality education and training provided through our Public Health program," said Dr. Fred Whitt, University President. "This achievement is yet another step in the University's mission to continue excelling in the field of health sciences."

LRU's MPH program enrolled its first cohort of students in the fall of 2010. Since then, the College of Health and Sciences has added new graduate programs including an Exercise Science and Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program. In January of 2016, the Wayne B. Powell Health Sciences Complex, a state-of-the-art facility offering advanced, graduate-level training for medical and healthcare professionals, opened its doors to the inaugural class of PA students. LRU's Occupational Therapy (OT) program was expanded to the Columbia campus during the fall of 2016, and will be housed in a new 24,000 square foot building slated to open this fall. Most recently, LRU announced plans to launch its Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs beginning in the fall of 2018.

The accreditation review process for the MPH program included the conduct of a self-study process by program constituents, the preparation of a document describing the program and its features in relation to the criteria for accreditation, and a visit in November 2016 by a team of external peer reviewers.

"It is Lenoir-Rhyne's practice to seek accreditation for any of our graduate programs that have a specific accrediting agency," said Dr. Larry Hall, University Provost. "Through these means, we are able to achieve the highest quality standards in the programs we provide, and ensure current and prospective students are provided exceptional preparation for a wide variety of careers in public health."

The mission of the CEPH is to assure quality in public health education and training to achieve excellence in practice, research and service, through collaboration with organizational and community partners.

LRU's MPH program furnishes students the opportunity to prepare for entry or advancement into a myriad of Public Health professions. Coursework is offered through a combination of delivery modes including face-to-face instruction on one of the two campus locations, online instruction through synchronous streaming classrooms, or in a fully online format.

To learn more visit lr.edu/MPH.