CEPH Site Visitor Training 2013
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) will be holding two site visitor trainings in 2013:
- Friday July 19, 2013 (8:30am – 3:30pm) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Houston, TX
- Sunday November 3, 2013 (8:30am – 3:30pm) in Boston, MA at the annual APHA meeting
Accreditation is a voluntary, non-governmental process of self-study and external review intended to evaluate, enhance and publicly recognize quality in programs of public health and schools of public health. One of the steps required for accreditation is a site visit during which peer evaluators validate the information that schools and programs provide to CEPH in a “self-study document.” The peer evaluators’ written report from the site visit provides a unique perspective about the program or school: the report’s direct observations provide important information for ultimate decisions on accreditation.
Site visitors serve on a voluntary basis as CEPH representatives and share their time, effort and expertise.
Site Visitor Qualifications
- Be a senior academician (eg, dean, associate dean, department chair or program director).
- Should have experience as an academic administrator/leader in addition to scholarly experience.
- Be a senior public health practitioner (primarily employed by a public health department, non-profit organization, healthcare organization, etc. with preferably at least 10 years of experience in public health).
- Have at least a masters degree (practitioners) or a doctoral degree (academicians).
- Possess strong writing, communication and analytical skills.
Site Visitor Time Commitment: Site visitors must attend a one-day training workshop to learn the process and criteria. Site visitors participate in approximately one site visit a year. Visits are scheduled based on site visitors’ availability, and requests for participation typically come to visitors 6-12 months before a site visit. They must devote approximately 8-16 hours to preparatory work in the two months immediately preceding the site visit (eg, self-study review, drafting of site report sections, reading correspondence from the CEPH coordinator, arranging flights/train travel.) Site visitors must travel and work on-site at a program or school for a period of 3-4 days, which includes attendance at a 6pm Executive Session the night prior to a site visit. Site visitors must remain present until the conclusion of the visit.
Site Visitor Responsibilities
- Identify and disclose actual, potential and perceived conflicts of interest and avoid the impact that such conflicts of interest may create in the accreditation process when accepting a site visit invitation.
- Maintain confidentiality of information and observations during the site visit process and accreditation status of the site.
- Assess compliance of criteria, make judgment about criteria and provide evidence for judgment.
- Be present, attentive and participatory in all site visit interviews, meeting and Executive Session team meetings.
- Avoid comparisons or advice giving while on site at program or school.
- Adhere to the site visit agenda.
- Maintain collegial interactions, but refrain from personal interactions with school/program faculty and administrators while on site.
- Debate and agree on team judgments to formulate consensus in accreditation findings.
- Revise draft sections of site report during the site visit and submit them to the CEPH site visit coordinator on the last day of the visit.
- Review draft site report and send comments back promptly to CEPH site visit coordinator post the site visit.
- Complete online evaluation and submit travel expenses post the site visit.