New Public Health Work Experience Eligibility Criteria for Certified in Public Health

The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) board of directors is pleased to announce a new eligibility criteria for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam. Individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and at least five subsequent years’ public health work experience will be eligible to take the CPH exam.

Up to now, eligibility for the exam was restricted to current students enrolled in a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited school or program who had completed the public health core courses or individuals with a graduate degree who had completed the core courses from an accredited school or program and had at least 3 years of public health work experience. By expanding eligibility to public health professionals who meet the new eligibility requirements, the NBPHE is fulfilling one of the basic tenets of a profession: demonstration of a shared body of knowledge, through an exam-based certification process.

The credentialing process for these newly eligible candidates will remain the same as the process for alumni of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health – a passing score on the CPH exam and recertification every two years focused on the demonstration of continued professional development. Read more

CPH Computer-based exam dates are June 1-30 and October 1-31. Paper and pencil exams are offered throughout the year. For more information, contact

About Alyson Jordan

Alyson Jordan serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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