Be the public health professional that the public needs.

Why Get Certified?

Certify your commitment
to public health.

Benefits of being CPH

The Power of Certification

Demonstrate your knowledge of key public health sciences and commitment to continuing education while distinguishing yourself from other professionals.

The CPH is uniquely designed to help public health professionals stand out, set the standard, and stay at the forefront of their field through life-long learning.

There will be a new content outline for the CPH exam as of August 1, 2024. View more information. CPH results and score reports will not be available in August

If you are an organization looking to create a new certification or to partner with NBPHE on programs or discounts, we are here to help you.


NBPHE - By the Numbers

The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) was created to credential the public health workforce. More than 14,000 public health professionals, leaders, alumni and faculty from more than 95 countries have sat for our Certification in Public Health (CPH) credential. Over 500,000 education hours have been reported by our active certificants working diligently to stay at the forefront of their chosen profession. NBPHE and its participating organizations have the goal of strengthening and professionalizing the practice of public health, including facilitating recognition of the important role of public health workforce in protecting the public’s health and safety. Learn More About These Numbers

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Distinguish yourself as a public health leader today!

The Certified in Public Health (CPH) is the only credential of its kind for public health professionals that demonstrates not only your knowledge of key public health sciences, but also your commitment to the field through continuing education focused on emerging and established public health issues. Learn More About the CPH

Latest News

CPH Book Club Reads...
Up next, the CPH Book Club will be reading The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. A great way to interact with your CPH peers, join the book club and dive in.
NBPHE Updates the CPH Exam
As public health professionals’ work changes over time, NBPHE performs a Job Task Analysis to ensure CPH candidates are being tested on tasks performed in the field, keeping the exam timely.
Board Member Spotlight: Paul Halverson
In our last newsletter we announced leadership changes for NBPHE Board of Directors. We want you get to know a bit about our board members and we're starting by highlighting our new Chair, Paul Halverson, DrPH, FACHE.
 Webinar Wednesday Announced
Welcome new our new 2024 Webinar Wednesday series, where we'll have a monthly webinar focused on public health issues and topics.

Why I got certified

Unnati Patel, MPH, CPH

The CPH is not just a credential to me; it is a tool to help me make thoughtful decisions and a wonderful way to stay on top of new research and practices within the field. With the CPH, I am able to focus on the most vital things when making decisions intended for a healthier community.

Nicole Toney, MPH, CPH

After completing my MPH and passing of the CPH exam, I was promoted from laboratory-based research to clinical research under the same investigator.  The CPH continues to reinforce my contributions to the field, earning recertification credits through publications and presentations at annual scientific meetings.  For graduates of public health, I would recommend taking the CPH exam to show your dedication to the field. It is well worth the effort!

Anna Barringer, CPH

It was almost an immediate decision to pursue the CPH, as I felt it would add value and credibility to my role here in our health department. I proudly list the CPH after my name and know it was well earned, after my long career in public health. Thank you for this opportunity to shine in the public health field.

Peter Wong, MD, MPH, PhD, CPH

As a member of our local board of health, the CPH demonstrates to our community, a fundamental understanding of the practice and competencies necessary for public health. The CPH has helped to navigate the increasingly complex nature of public health and to equip me with the necessary tools to pursue solutions at the policy level. In addition, as a community pediatrician, the CPH has helped to integrate clinical practice with public health principles towards promoting health of all children in our community.

Adamson S.  Muula, CPH, MD, MPH, PhD

Being a CPH in many ways validates one’s knowledge, skills and competence, and fosters life-long learning through continuing education. The CPH recertification opportunities have been helpful in keeping me current and are always encouraging me to keep focused.

Satesh Bidaisee, DVM, MRSB, MSPH, CPH, FRSPH, EdD, FRSTHM, School of Graduate Studies

With over 10 years of experience in international public health education, research, and service, my competencies from earning the CPH and the continued professional development which goes with it has served to benefit my students and the communities I serve. Remaining relevant to the evolving and developing challenges and needs, as well as skill sets and tools required, is of necessity in public health practice, which is met with assurance as a CPH.

Jack Austin  Phillips, MPH, CPH

The CPH shows my employer that I am set apart in my field. In a sea of qualified applicants, this distinction helps me to stand out from the competition, establishing a precedent that communicates that I am able to rise above the minimum work necessary and raise the standard for my work and professionalism.

LCMR Jennifer Clements, MPH, CPH, MCHES®

The CPH is not just a credential to me; it is a tool to help me make thoughtful decisions and a wonderful way to stay on top of new research and practices within the field. With the CPH, I am able to focus on the most vital things when making decisions intended for a healthier community.

Anthony Kondracki, MD, PhD, CPH

I decided to become CPH certified to join a leading community of public health professionals and leaders. I am confident that the CPH demonstrates knowledge-based competency in public health that will place me ahead of others while applying for high-ranking and competitive positions in government institutions or top-tiered academic centers.

Dr.  Honeylit  Cueco, PharmD, BCPS, CPH, NCPS

My years of experience working for the IHS and Public Health Service in various locations and clinical roles provides me with a unique perspective that was immensely useful throughout the credentialing process

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NBPHE Member Organizations

American Public Health Association
Association of Prevention Teaching and Research
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Council on Education for Public Health
National Association of County and City Health Officials
Public Health Accreditation Board
Institute for Credentialing Excellence
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