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What is SABPAC?

The SOPHE-AAHE Baccalaureate Program Approval Committee (SABPAC) is a conjoint committee of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) and the American Association for Health Education (AAHE). SABPAC approval is recognized by the profession as a standard for programs preparing baccalaureate entry-level community health educators. It is a voluntary approval process for professional preparation programs.

SABPAC is designed to promote excellence in education that relates to proficiency in community health education practice. A primary function of SABPAC is to review preparation programs using information resulting from a program self-study and an external site team review.

The purpose of a review and approval process is to improve the educational effectiveness of the programs in colleges and universities preparing entry level health educators. The review process should enable institutions of higher education, AAHE, and SOPHE to make a qualitative assessment of the programs. The review is based on criteria and guidelines designed to provide a program of high quality for the student, and in turn, for the profession that should benefit from the specified competencies.

SABPAC recommends program approval status based on the degree to which the program is aligned with established criteria. Programs that meet the established criteria are recognized and encouraged to make continuous improvements. Programs that do not meet established criteria are provided recommendations that can lead to program improvement and approval.

The SABPAC self-study guide, SABPAC Manual: Criteria, Process, & Procedures for Quality Assurance in Community Health Education, was updated and released in 2007, and again in 2011, for use by programs wishing to seek SABPAC approval.