• Ensuring greater academic RECOGNITION on the global stage.
• Promoting TRANSFERABILITY of public health education & training.
• Increasing EMPLOYABILITY of public health graduates.
• Attesting the QUALITY of Public Health Workforce training.
APHEA - Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation
Ave de l'Armée / Legerlaan 10
1040 Brussels, Belgium
Programme Accreditation - Process Overview
- If a programme has not previously undergone accreditation by APHEA, an application must first be submitted indicating that the programme fulfils the Curriculum Validation.
- The school is notified by APHEA Secretariat as to whether or not it has passed the Curriculum Validation phase.
- If so, the programme begins to conduct an analytical self-evaluation. Completion of this phase takes time, approximately 4-6 months but may be extended if necessary.
- The APHEA Secretariat, in correspondence with the school, sets a deadline for the submission of the final Self-Evaluation Report and tentatively schedules the site visit.
- The school submits the Self-Evaluation Report to the APHEA Secretariat.
- APHEA Secretariat notifies the school regarding the composition of the review team and inquires about conflicts of interest.
- APHEA Secretariat sends each review team member the Self-Evaluation Report of the applicant programme and background materials in preparation for the site visit.
- The school develops a tentative site visit agenda and consults with APHEA Secretariat a month prior to the site visit.
- The review team conducts visit and determines the validity of the Self-Evaluation Report. The chair of the review team reports major findings to the school officials during the final briefing session.
- APHEA Secretariat along with the chair of the review team prepares the first draft of the site visit report and distributes to team members for completion/ amendments.
- Final draft of report is submitted to the school and the director of programme is invited to prepare a written response in 14 days addressing any inaccuracies and factual omissions in the report.
- Corrections from the school, if any, are discussed with the chair of the review team, and incorporated into the final version of the report when appropriate before it is forwarded to the Board of Accreditation.
- The Board of Accreditation reviews the report at its next meeting and formulates a recommendation regarding accreditation of the programme.
- The Board of Accreditation forwards this recommendation to the Board of Directors who will make a final decision.
- APHEA Secretariat notifies the director and officials of the school of decision.
- APHEA Secretariat invites the director of the programme to evaluate the process.
- If a programme is accredited, the final decision is posted on the APHEA website along with the executive summary of the final report. The institution may post the final report in its entirety on its website if it chooses to do so along with the APHEA logo.
- If a programme is currently accredited, approximately two years before the six year accreditation term expires, APHEA Secretariat notifies the school that the programme will require a further review to re-affirm the accreditation status.
The APHEA Board of Accreditation can recommend to the Board of Directors as follows based on the evidence in the site visit report:
- Accreditation – A programme demonstrates minimum compliance with all applicable accreditation criteria. The accredited status is valid for 6 years. In specific cases, there may be requirements for follow-up measures such as interim reports etc. When a programme is accredited, the results are published on the APHEA website.
- Denial of accreditation – A programme does not meet the criteria for accreditation. The applicant may reapply after a period of 2 years.
- Provisional/conditional accreditation – This could either be granted when an already-accredited programme fails to continue to achieve its stated mission and objectives, or fails to meet the requirements for its reaccreditation review or interim report requirements or to a programme undergoing the process for the first time which presents shortcomings that could potentially be rectified within a reasonable period of time. This status is conferred for a specific length of time not to exceed two years. If the programme comes into compliance with the accreditation criteria within the allotted time frame, the term of accreditation will be extended for another 4 years. If the programme does not come into compliance within the given time period, the Board will decide whether to allot more time, modify the conditions or deny accreditation. If accreditation is denied, the institution can reapply after 2 years.
- Extension of term – The Board may decide to extend accreditation based on the results of an interim report indicating that a programme has made significant progress toward compliance of accreditation criteria.
- Revocation of accreditation – A programme does not meet the criteria for continued accreditation (based on institution’s report of any substantial changes to APHEA) or refuses to have the programme re-evaluated at the appropriate time.
- Deferral – The Board may require further information in order to be able to make the appropriate decision on accreditation. A specific time limit will be defined and the programme will maintain applicant status in the interim period.
The Board of Accreditation reserves the right to modify the report based on its discussions. The final decision to be made by the Board of Directors based on the recommendation received from the Board of Accreditation is conveyed to the programme within 30 days of the decision of the Board of Accreditation.