Center for Public Health Preparedness

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The Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) program was established in 2000 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to strengthen bioterrorism and emergency preparedness by linking academic expertise to state and local health agency needs.

The original CPHP program closed in August 2010[1] and was replaced by the Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Centers (PERLC) cooperative agreement program.


In order to "enhance the public health practice activities within schools of public health," the CDC established a program called Academic Centers for Public Health Preparedness (A-CPHP) in 2000. These centers were awarded through a competitive submission process to four schools of public health (Saint Louis University, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Oklahoma).[2] These initially funded centers formed a nucleus upon which to build a response to the events on September 11, 2001. Yet, with nearly 450,000 public health professionals dispersed throughout more than 3,000 state and local health agencies expected to protect the health of the U.S. population against threats that were previously considered unthinkable, the magnitude of the problem demanded more vigorous collaboration between the academy and the practice community.[3] In 2001, the CDC and the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) added resources to the A-CPHP that allowed for the stepwise expansion of the program to more schools of public health.

In 2009, there were 27 Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited schools of public health with established and funded centers:[4]


  1. ^ Centers for Public Health Preparedness (CPHP) Program Archived April 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  3. ^ Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Service Administration, Bureau of Health Professions, National Center for Health Workforce Information and Analysis (US). The public health workforce enumeration 2000. Washington: Health Services and Resources Administration (US); 2000. URL: "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2004-11-01. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-06-30.