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2022 Undergraduate Certification Results

By Nathaniel Kelley posted 21 days ago


In October, AUPHA recognized eleven undergraduate health management programs, including the first program outside of North America, 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.

  • California State University Long Beach
  • Clayton State University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Huazhong University of Science & Technology
  • Idaho State University
  • James Madison University
  • University of New Orleans
  • University of North Florida
  • Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
  • Samford University
  • Towson 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
  • Leonard Friedman, PhD, MPH, FACHE, The George Washington University
  • Holly Hampe, DSc, RN, MHA, MRM, Robert Morris University
  • Jeff Harrison, PhD, University of North Florida
  • Cristian Lieneck, PhD, FACMPE, FACHE, FAHM, CPHIMS, Texas State University
  • Ning Lu, PhD, MPH, Governors State University
  • Michael Matthews, PhD, MHA, Winthrop University
  • Warren McDonald, PhD, Methodist University
  • Elaine Purdy, MEd, MBA, DHA, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University
  • Natalia Rekhter, PhD, MHSA, Governors State University
  • Jacqueline Sharpe, PhD, RN, MSN, CHES, Hampton University

This year marks the first cycle in which recertifying AUPHA programs can receive a maximum seven-year term for certification. 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).

Last year, AUPHA’s Board of Directors approved a measure that requires certified undergraduate programs to complete the AUPHA annual program survey. As a result of this resolution and additional changes to simplify the survey, the response rate for the 2021 survey reached an all-time high, with just over 60% of the Full and Associate membership submitting data. For more information on the results of that survey, please review AUPHA’s 2021-2022 Annual Report.

Throughout the fall, AUPHA’s Undergraduate Program Committee has engaged in a process to review and revise the criteria used during the certification process. Members had the opportunity to provide input during an October Town Hall and through a subsequent survey. The Undergraduate Committee Co-chairs will present proposed revisions to the Board for approval in January. Accepted changes will first take effect during the 2023-2024 certification cycle, when programs undergoing review may opt into the new criteria. All programs going through the review process during the 2024-2025 cycle will be held to the revised criteria.

If you have any questions regarding the annual survey or undergraduate certification, please contact Nathan Kelley directly at