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Benedictine’s M.P.H. program earns national accreditation

June 30, 2014

Lisle, Illinois ~ Students who earn a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree from Benedictine University know they receive an education that immediately prepares them to excel within the workplace. Now a national accrediting body has affirmed this.

After an intensive three-year review process, Benedictine’s M.P.H. program earned national accreditation by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). Although Benedictine’s M.P.H. program has been preparing its graduates to be leaders in health care for more than 25 years, the accreditation certifies that the program meets rigorous academic standards. This accreditation opens the doors for Benedictine graduates to additional job opportunities with employers who only accept applicants from accredited health programs.

“Earning this prestigious accreditation recognizes Benedictine University as offering top academic programs to students,” said William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. “Our Master of Public Health program stands among the best in the country, and we’re thrilled and honored to be recognized for giving health professionals a solid foundation to achieve great success.”

CEPH is a member of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), which collectively manages and provides third-party assessment information and critiques of professional higher education programs and schools. Information about the accreditation process is available at and information on the ASPA is available at

The Benedictine M.P.H. combines traditional face-to-face learning with innovative online technology. The program prepares students to practice real-world, real-time public health within a global context by helping students learn to apply public health skills in locations all over the world from northern Illinois to rural Bangladesh.

The faculty includes experienced practitioners who take a personal interest in each student and create a professional learning environment in small, interactive classes and through community service activities and research projects.

Faculty like Georgeen Polyak, Ph.D., program director and chair of Benedictine’s M.P.H. program, acknowledge that though earning the accreditation is a great honor, it is only affirmation of the commitment the University and the department’s faculty have made to its students since day one of the program.

“The CEPH accreditation is a great honor for our faculty who work tirelessly to engage our students in best health practices,” Polyak said. “Students are challenged with a rigorous curriculum, engaging scientific discourse and an internship requirement – all aimed at preparing them to be competent health professionals able to immediately meet the health care needs of public and private agencies.”

The attention to quality and preparedness is part of The Benedictine Promise to provide its students with an affordable and attainable values-based education that creates better learners, leaders and world citizens.

M.P.H. professionals work in local and state health departments, hospitals and clinics, nonprofit health organizations, international health agencies, health insurance plans and government agencies.

To learn more about Benedictine’ s M.P.H. Program and dual master’s degree program options with Nutrition and Wellness, Business Administration, Management and Organizational Behavior, and Management Information Systems, please visit
or call (630) 829-6215.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2001-2011 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2013.

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