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Two SBU Public Health Programs Are First in SUNY System to Receive CAHME Accreditation

The Program in Public Health Class of 2020

The Stony Brook University Program in Public Health has earned accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) for two of its programs: the Master of Health Administration (MHA) and the Master of Public Health, Health Policy and Management Concentration (MPH HPM). With this accreditation, Stony Brook University becomes the first university in the SUNY system to receive CAHME accreditation of its programs.

The Program in Public Health Class of 2020
The Program in Public Health Class of 2020

“Building Masters of Health Administration and Masters of Public Health in Health Policy Management degrees worthy of CAHME accreditation is an amazing achievement for Stony Brook University,” said Kenneth Kaushansky, senior vice president for Health Sciences. “These two degrees offer individuals devoted to a career in healthcare leadership, whether at an individual medical institution or in a policy-setting agency, the tools needed to make an important impact on the public’s health. I applaud Drs. Agris and Benz-Scott and their colleagues for these achievements, and look forward to results of their labors — the development of the next generation of outstanding healthcare professionals.”

“I came to Stony Brook in 2002 as a new faculty member, previously trained in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins,” said Lisa Benz-Scott, professor and director of the Program in Public Health and Master of Public Health Program, and associate dean of Health Sciences. “Twenty years later I am still here, and thankful to have a dream job as director of the Program in Public Health working with outstanding public health researchers and healthcare leaders and managers to train the next generation of outstanding professionals who will solve emerging problems such as the ones we are facing today — vaccine distribution and acceptance, healthcare systems overcoming crisis after crisis, and communities working together with academic and healthcare institutions to promote equity, access and quality in health policies and practice. The accreditation of both the MPH and the MHA by CAHME is the culmination of years of planning and building, with Dr. Julie Agris leading a team of excellent faculty and staff, and creating a network of collaborating practice-based public health and healthcare leaders who mentor and employ our graduates. Now that the MHA is online, the opportunity to bring Stony Brook’s MHA program to a national scale is limited only by our capacity to deliver it.”

This accreditation ensures greater access to affordable, student-centered, graduate health management education with the benefits of an accredited program that has met rigorous national accreditation standards. In turn, program accreditation assures employers that graduates of Stony Brook University are well prepared for health management responsibilities and have developed competencies recognized by the healthcare industry. CAHME is the only organization recognized to grant accreditation to individual academic programs offering a professional master’s degree in healthcare management education by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

The University’s Master of Health Administration and Master of Public Health, Health Policy and Management Concentration programs have been designed to allow students to continue to work while earning their degree and apply their professional experience to enrich program learning. Students are taught essential skills to address challenges in the health sector, such as conducting environmental scans of the healthcare marketplace, leveraging technology to create competitive advantages for healthcare organizations and facilitating the delivery of high-quality healthcare to communities. Programmatic accreditation demonstrates that the MHA and MPH HPM meet high-quality standards set by the profession.

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