Usher Institute

Online MPH Programme - Curriculum Accreditation

The online Master of Public Health has successfully achieved ‘Curriculum Validation’, the first phase of accreditation with APHEA.

What is APHEA?

APHEA, or Agency for Public Health Accreditation, represents the five leading associations of public health in the European Region and is committed to assuring and improving the quality of educational activities throughout the European Region and the globe.

Why is APHEA accreditation important?

Accreditation is aimed at supporting the continued improvement of education and training for public health workforces throughout the world by providing an international and transparent quality recognition. According to APHEA, it:

  • Contributes to the development, transparency and convergence of Public Health education
  • Provides an added sector based value to national quality assurance and accreditation
  • Recognises a school's quality beyond the borders of its home country, allowing for transferability of qualifications and potentially providing graduates with better opportunities for employment internationally
  • Increases attractiveness to national as well as foreign students
  • Improves the quality of the Public Health workforce and its competitiveness globally.

What does the process entail?

There are two phases which take place over 1-2 years. During phase 1, Curriculum Validation, the programme curriculum is scrutinised for applicability, comprehensiveness, coherence and workforce utility, and compliance with accreditation criteria assessed. During phase 2, a detailed self-evaluation process is undertaken and a report written by the programme team. This culminates in a site visit by two members of APHEA.

Find out more on the APHEA website