NBPHE Leadership


NBPHE Board President, Paul Halverson
Paul Halverson, DrPH, FACHE Chair, NBPHE Board of Directors

A strong profession relies on foundational elements like standardized, accredited educational paths, core competencies, job duty profiles, and individual certification. A decade ago, public health leaders saw the need to enhance professionalism by creating a certification for public health professionals. Today, this certification stands well-established and respected. It welcomes graduates of formal academic programs and those with practical experience. We should take pride in this accomplishment and encourage public health professionals to add the “CPH” credentials to their names.

The National Board of Public Health Examiners has worked diligently to create a credible certification program that measures our workforce’s knowledge. We have developed a strategic plan for the next five years to strengthen the program and create new opportunities to collaborate with partners and stakeholders. This plan will support and enhance the public health workforce now and in the future. We invite you to review this document and share your suggestions on how we can work together on this important topic.

Through the dedication of our board of directors, public health professionals on our testing committees, and numerous CPH volunteers, we have created a forward-looking certification program to meet public health needs over the next decade. We continually re-evaluate our processes and invite all CPHs to participate in our decision-making. We believe that the future of the Certified in Public Health certification program lies with the public health community. This plan outlines the crucial goals we must achieve to ensure the CPH is recognized as a standard of excellence in public health.

We must stay focused on the priorities of this plan. Success depends on our follow-through and accountability. We look forward to working with the public health community to bring our goals and ideas to life.

The NBPHE Board of Directors

Paul Halverson, DrPH, FACHE


- Dean of the Oregon Health & Science University,

Portland State University School of Public Health

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Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN

Immediate past Chair

- Executive Director,

Mississippi Public Health Association

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David Buys, PhD, MSPH, CPH

Chair Elect

- State Health Specialist and Associate Professor,

Mississippi State University

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Lori Freeman, MBA


- Chief Executive Officer,

National Association of County and City Health Officials

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Jaime Corvin, PhD, MSPH, CPH

Chair, Certification Committee

- Associate Professor,

University of South Florida College of Public Health

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Nizar Wehbi, MD, MPH, MBA, FACHE, CPH

Chair, Governance Committee

- North Dakota State Health Officer,

North Dakota Department of Health

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Camara Jones, MD, MPH, PhD, CPH

- Senior Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor,

Morehouse School of Medicine

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Paul Kuehnert, DNP, CPH, RN, FAAN

- President and CEO,

Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)

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Richard Kurz, PhD

- Dean Emeritus and Adjunct Professor of Health Management and Policy,

University of North Texas Health Science Center

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Allison Lewis, MA

- Executive Director,

Association for Prevention Teaching and Research

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Laura Magana, PhD, MS

- President and CEO,

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)

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John McElligott, MPH, CPH


US Army

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Samuel Price, MBA, MPH, CPH

- United States Public Health Service Public Health Analyst/Project Officer,

Health Resources and Services Administration

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Laura Rasar King, EdD, MPH, MCHES

- Executive Director,

Council on Education for Public Health

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Pauline Rolle, MD, MPH, CPH

- Medical Director,

Ascension Medical Group Pediatric & Southeast Georgia Primary Care

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NBPHE Staff Members

Chad Barbee

- Web Developer

Allison Foster, MBA, CAE, CPH

- President

Shantal Johnson, BS, CS

- Director of Certifications

Ashley Mueller, CS

- Manager of Education Programs

Gillian Plaunt

- Director of Marketing

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