CEPH Accreditation

The School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is proud to announce its reaccreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health. 

At the December 15, 2023 meeting of the CEPH Board of Councilors, the School of Public Health at SUNY Downstate was awarded a full seven-year reaccreditation through December 31, 2030, which is the maximum term allowable. This decision is a reflection of our school's collective commitment to excellence in public health education, scholarship and service. 

For more information on the Council on Education for Public Health and its accreditation practices, please visit the CEPH website.

The Reaccreditation Process

In 2021, preparations began for the School of Public Health at Downstate Health Sciences University to undergo a reaccreditation review by CEPH. This two-fold process included the creation of a 300-page self-study document, which evaluated institutional practices, resources and outcomes, while identifying areas for improvement. As a direct result of the collaborative efforts between the School of Public Health and its key stakeholders, the comprehensive CEPH Self-Study 2023 was submitted to CEPH on March 27, 2023. 

In April 2023, CEPH-appointed external reviewers conducted a site visit at the School of Public Health to discuss material presented in the self-study. During this time, evaluators met with key constituents of the School of Public Health including its faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners. A copy of CEPH's final Evaluation Report, outlining compliance with established accreditation criteria, is now available. 


SPH Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Statement

Central to our commitment to advancing health equity, the School of Public Health at Downstate Health Sciences University recognizes that diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice are essential to the education and practice of public health. The School of Public Health (SPH) takes tremendous pride in being a part of the only academic health center located in the vibrant borough of Brooklyn. We support our mission by educating the next generation of diverse public health leaders and are committed to sustaining an environment that supports the professional success and personal well-being of people from all backgrounds. 

To centralize our schoolwide efforts, in the fall 2022, we chartered the SPH Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CDEI). The CDEI includes representation from faculty, professional staff, and students across our SPH; our goals are to support the professional and personal development of a diverse public health workforce and an inclusive and equitable work and learning environment.  To do this, the CDEI will promote (1) critical self- and collective reflection, (2) community-engaged evaluation activities, and (3) responsive programs and policies.

Read more about our ongoing institutional efforts to advance health equity across the Downstate Health Sciences University campus at the Office of Institutional Equity website.

Reporting Discrimination & Harassment

The State University of New York Downstate Health Sciences University (DHSU, Downstate, or the University) in its continuing effort to seek equity in education and employment consistent with Federal and State anti-discrimination laws, has adopted a complaint procedure for the prompt and equitable investigation and resolution of allegations of unlawful discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, and/or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses, or stalking. 

Supervisors (mandated reporter) are required to immediately report instances of any oral or written complaints of discrimination or discriminatory harassment committed by employees to the Office of Diversity & Inclusion (ODI).

To view Downstate Health Science University’s misconduct policies, learn more about the institution’s complaint reporting procedures, or to access the ODI complaint form, please visit the Office of Diversity & Inclusion's policy page