UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Receives Reaccreditation

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SPRING HOUSE, PA — The Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) has granted a seven-year reaccreditation to the Department of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. This approval highlights the department’s dedication to academic excellence and its role in preparing future public health professionals.

“This accreditation represents the strength of the Gillings School’s commitment to academic excellence and preparing future public health professionals to achieve success in health care management, with the ultimate goal of improving health for all,” said Kristin Reiter, PhD, Humana Distinguished Professor and chair of health policy and management. She emphasized the program’s student-centered approach, which was a standout feature in CAHME’s assessment.

Karen Volmar, JD, MPH, FACHE, professor and associate chair for academic programs in health policy and management, highlighted the practical benefits of CAHME accreditation. “CAHME accreditation is very valuable, as it’s part of the eligibility requirements for students that pursue administrative fellowships with hospitals and health systems, as well as military students pursuing advanced degrees,” she said. Graduates from the program have secured internships and fellowships with prestigious institutions like the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, UNC Health, and Duke Health systems.

CAHME accreditation involves a comprehensive review process. Dr. Anthony Stanowski, DHA, FACHE, president and CEO of CAHME, lauded the program’s achievement. “CAHME accredited programs have successfully navigated a complex and careful accreditation process managed by experts in the study and practice of health care management,” he said. The program meets rigorous standards set by leading academics and practitioners, highlighting its commitment to the field.

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UNC Gillings’ Department of Health Policy and Management: Shaping Healthcare Leaders for Tomorrow

The reaccreditation of UNC Gillings’ Department of Health Policy and Management has far-reaching implications. Firstly, it reinforces the program’s reputation for high-quality education. This is crucial in a field where academic rigor directly impacts the effectiveness of future public health leaders. Secondly, the accreditation ensures that students have access to opportunities that can significantly advance their careers, such as competitive fellowships and leadership roles within major health systems.

For the general public, the reaccreditation signifies a continued investment in the quality of healthcare management education. It assures that those overseeing healthcare systems are well-equipped to handle the complexities of modern healthcare environments. This, in turn, can lead to better healthcare outcomes and more efficient management of health services.

In summary, the seven-year reaccreditation of UNC Gillings’ Department of Health Policy and Management by CAHME underscores the program’s excellence. It affirms the department’s role in shaping competent healthcare leaders who are prepared to address contemporary challenges in the healthcare sector. This accomplishment not only benefits the students and faculty but also contributes positively to the broader public health landscape.

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