ERIC Number: EJ824235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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Toward a Unified System of Accreditation for Professional Preparation in Health Education: Final Report of the National Task Force on Accreditation in Health Education
Allegrante, John P.; Airhihenbuwa, Collins O.; Auld, M. Elaine; Birch, David A.; Roe, Kathleen M.; Smith, Becky J.
Health Education & Behavior, v31 n6 p668-683 2004
During the past 40 years, health education has taken significant steps toward improving quality assurance in professional preparation through individual certification and program approval and accreditation. Although the profession has begun to embrace individual certification, program accreditation in health education has been neither uniformly available nor universally accepted by institutions of higher education. To further strengthen professional preparation in health education, the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the American Association for Health Education (AAHE) established the National Task Force on Accreditation in Health Education in 2001. The 3-year Task Force was charged with developing a detailed plan for a coordinated accreditation system for undergraduate and graduate programs in health education. This article summarizes the Task Force's findings and recommendations, which have been approved by the SOPHE and AAHE boards, and, if implemented, promise to lay the foundation for the highest quality professional preparation and practice in health education.
Descriptors: Health Education, Colleges, Public Health, Quality Control, Program Validation, Certification, Accreditation (Institutions), Surveys
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