Mission, History and Purpose
The mission of the National Environmental Health Science & Protection Accreditation Council (NEHSPAC) is to enhance the education and training of students in environmental health science and protection. The NEHSPAC Council develops and applies accreditation guidelines for institutions of higher education that wish to ensure premium quality education and training of environmental health science and protection practitioners.
In 1967, the National Accreditation Council for Environmental Health Curricula was established to implement a program accrediting undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of environmental health. The name of the Council was changed to the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council in 1991 to better reflect the entire discipline considered by the Council.
Throughout its history, the Council has consistently worked to upgrade the quality of education and training delivered by the programs it accredits. The Council has established specific criteria for undergraduate and graduate program accreditation, which include standards for curriculum, faculty, program funding, enrollment, and management aspects of the programs. These criteria provide a foundational core for a quality educational program and are regularly reviewed and updated to meet the demanding and changing needs of the marketplace. The Council recognizes, expects, and encourages diversity and innovation among programs.
The purpose of EHAC is six- fold. The Council:
- Promotes a high quality education for persons studying environmental health science and protection.
- Assists and supports universities and colleges developing or offering a curriculum in environmental health science and protection, advising them on curriculum content and faculty qualifications.
- Promotes commonality in coverage of basic concepts of environmental health science and protection education.
- Promotes undergraduate curricula of a quality and content compatible with admission prerequisites of graduate programs in environmental health science and protection.
- Evaluates academic programs in environmental health science and protection using criteria established by the Council.
- Publishes a list of the institutions with programs accredited by the Council.