I am delighted to announce that the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health has received full reaccreditation for seven years from the Council on Education for Public Health.
The extremely rigorous process covers all in-person and online degree programs for both undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a global dual-degree program. The assessment was extensive, and the college met or exceeded requirements in every category to attain this prestigious status.
It is fitting that the College of Public Health also is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, as this reaccreditation underscores the impressive growth in programs and centers that have advanced public health research and improved so many lives over the past two decades.
Public health is a vital endeavor within Health Sciences, as more people have come to appreciate since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is because of the College of Public Health’s solid foundation and years of scholarship and outreach that it has been able to respond so effectively to the health crisis triggered by the novel coronavirus. The college’s influence and impact are being felt across the state and throughout the country.
Please join me in congratulating Iman Hakim, MD, PhD, MPH, dean of the college and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Endowed Chair of Public Health, who led this successful endeavor, as well as the many college faculty and staff members who participated in the accreditation process – especially John Ehiri, PhD, MPH, MSc, interim associate dean for academic affairs, and his predecessor, Douglas Taren, PhD, MS.
Michael D. Dake, MD
Senior Vice President for University of Arizona Health Sciences