Public health certification exam to be offered in August

February 05, 2009
Public health students and alumni may register until May 31 for the second annual Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, which is scheduled for Aug. 8-29.

The CPH assessment is prepared, administered and evaluated by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), an independent organization formed in 2005 to help ensure that students and graduates of accredited public health schools and programs have mastered appropriate knowledge and skills.

Any graduate of a school or program accredited by the Council on Education of Public Health (CEPH) is eligible to take the exam, regardless of degree or date of graduation. Registration is open to students who will graduate by July 30 of the year in they want to be tested.

Offered across the U.S. and internationally over a three-week period in August, the exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions covering the core disciplines of public health (biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, the social and behavioral sciences, and health policy and management) and competencies (public health biology, leadership, communication, diversity and culture, professionalism, program planning and systems thinking).

In 2008, 693 registrants completed the exam.

To register, visit The cost is $400.

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UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: Ramona DuBose, director of communications, (919) 966-7467 or