Certified in Public Health

The Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential is the only voluntary core credential for public health professionals. This designation demonstrates that an individual has mastered core competencies in public health. Public health professionals attaining the CPH credential raise the bar and enhance the public health profession through their exemplary academic and leadership skills. As a program accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), all CEOMPH students and alumni are eligible to sit for the Certified in Public Health exam. Exam schedules and registration information can be found here.

Becoming a Certified Public Health (CPH) professional has multiple benefits:

  • Demonstrate commitment to public health beyond your academic training
  • Show public health expertise by evidencing mastery of the core sciences of public health
  • Protect the public by staying current in public health
  • Distinguish yourself from others
  • Advance cohesiveness and collaboration with your professional peers by starting from a common foundation
  • Elevate the profession of public health
  • Ensure high standards that better serve the health of the public
  • Assure the community that you serve/protect that you maintain a national, professional standard
  • Students at some institutions may substitute for a local comprehensive exam and earn CPH at the same time
  • Increase recognition of the public health professions
  • Raise the visibility of public health
  • Measure and improve the competency and consistency of public health workers nationwide
Current students taking the exam must complete at least 21 credit hours towards a graduate level public health degree. These 21 credits must include the completion or concurrent enrollment in the core courses of biostatistics, environmental health Sciences, epidemiology, health services/policy management, and social and behavioral sciences.

Following initial certification through the CPH Exam, 50 credits of continuing education must be earned every two years.

More information about the CPH Exam, exam costs, dates, and suggested study material can be found on the CPH website at http://www.nbphe.org/getcertified.cfm.