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Undergraduate Certification Updates

By Jaime Stephens, CMP, CAE posted 11-08-2021 18:18


In October, AUPHA recognized ten undergraduate health management programs for successfully meeting the established criteria for AUPHA certification. To obtain this recognition, these programs completed a year-long peer review process that examines their curricula, faculty, educational outcomes, and more.

  • Appalachian State University
  • Indiana University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Old Dominion University
  • Robert Morris University
  • University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • University of Nevada-Las Vegas
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Weber State University

AUPHA thanks the following review chairs for their service during this review cycle:

  • George Audi, PhD, MBA, Florida A&M University
  • Macey Buker, PhD, CPA, University of Minnesota-Crookston
  • Nailya DeLellis, PhD, Central Michigan University
  • Cathleen Erwin, PhD, MBA, University of Auburn
  • Jeff Harrison, PhD, University of North Florida
  • Jeff Helton, PhD, CMA, CFE, FHFMA, University of Colorado Denver
  • Ning Lu, PhD, MPH, Governors State University
  • Michael Matthews, PhD, MHA, Winthrop University
  • Warren McDonald, PhD, Methodist University
  • Joe Quintana, PhD, University of Alabama-Birmingham
  • Jacqueline Sharpe, PhD, RN, MSN, CHES, Hampton University
Additionally, the AUPHA Board of Directors, at this same meeting, approved a few major changes to the Undergraduate Certification program. First, recertifying AUPHA programs can now receive a maximum seven-year period in which they will maintain their certification status. The maximum period was previously six years. In addition, programs that are certifying for the first time can receive a maximum four-year certification period (previously three). Recertifying programs in minimal compliance can also receive a four-year recertification (previously three).

AUPHA certified undergraduate programs are now also required to complete the AUPHA annual program survey. This survey, now only eleven questions long, has historically been administered to the entire AUPHA undergraduate membership each year on a voluntary basis. This survey, now mandatory, will allow AUPHA to collect key information about certified programs and will also enhance the organization’s benchmarking efforts.

If you have any questions regarding the new changes above, please contact Mark Ryan directly at