SABPACSOPHE/AAHE Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee
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The process for new applicants to obtain SABPAC program approval begins when the faculty of a professional preparation program submits a written application.
To be eligible for SABPAC approval an institution must have current regional accreditation, must not discriminate, must conduct a self-study and prepare a written document, must be a baccalaureate major that prepares students for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam, must provide students with at least a 320 hour field experience with a qualified health professional and must have at least two full-time faculty members eligible for CHES or MCHES certification (see Table 2).
While SABPAC and NCATE provide the quality assurance mechanism for undergraduate programs in health education, CEPH provides quality assurance for graduate programs--primarily those offering the Master of Public Health (or MPH) degree.
As noted above, CEPH only reviews undergraduate programs if a master's degree in public/community health education is also offered, while the SABPAC approval process was instituted to fill the accreditation void for undergraduate health education programs.
Similar to other approval (SABPAC) and accreditation processes, CEPH requires a detailed self-analysis through the preparation of a self-study (see Table 2).