Eligibility Requirements


The first step in preparing for the Certified in Public Health exam is to determine your eligibility. Read and understand the details within the CPH Candidate Handbook to determine eligibility, learn about exam content and study materials, exam schedule and locations, and what to expect after you sit for the exam, closing with requirements for CPH recertification.

In order to be eligible to sit for the CPH exam, all candidates must meet one of the following eligibility criteria.

CPH Candidate Handbook

Students of a school or program of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)*

Students who have completed or are concurrently enrolled in the graduate-level core content required for their graduate degree (biostatistics, epidemiology, health services/policy management, environmental health, social behavioral sciences).

Candidates who pass the exam under this eligibility criteria will be provisionally certified until graduation. Following confirmation of their graduation, they will be Certified in Public Health.

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Alumni of a school or program of public health accredited by CEPH

Alumni who have completed all degree requirements for a Masters or Doctoral level degree.

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Public Health Work Experience

Individuals who have at least a bachelor’s degree, in any concentration, and at least five subsequent years’ public health work experience may be eligible to take the CPH exam.

Applications will be reviewed based on public health work experience, indicating the scope of foundational knowledge that has been acquired based on the ten essential public health servicesRead More »

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*The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency which accredits schools and programs of public health offered in settings other than schools of public health. See the list of schools and programs accredited by CEPH.




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