Recertification Requirements

CPH Recertification

The CPH recertification process is meant to foster life-long learning, professional development, and promotion of the public health profession. CPH recertification credits should focus on continuing education and professional development opportunities. Topics for CPH recertification credits must directly address at least one of the domain areas of the CPH exam.

What do I need to do?

All CPH are required to report at least 50 recertification credits every two years. To report these credits, simply log into your recertification account at: and report each activity. You can either log your activities in as you go, or wait until right before you submit. When you are ready to submit your application, you will be prompted to pay a $95.00 recertification fee. You will also be asked to agree to and uphold the CPH Code of Ethics.

By when do I need to recertify?

Submit your first recertification application by December 31 of the year after you are recertified.  (e.g. if you are certified in 2019, your first application will be due on December 31, 2020)

After that, recertification applications are due every two years (2020, 2022, etc)  Extensions are available in three month increments.

What counts for recertification?

Most continuing education and professional development activities with content related to the CPH exam will count for recertification. We will accept credits from any provider, regardless of whether or not they are a CPH CE partner.  See this Quick Reference for a list of activities which will count and the number of credits that can be reported.

For CPH looking for opportunities to earn credits, we recommend three online resources:.

Recertification Activities Guidelines

Attending Public Health Professional Events

Conferences, workshops, webinars, leadership institutes, and seminars, including face-to-face, audio/videoconference, and online delivery. Credit shall only be earned for individual sessions focused on CPH areas of competency. Time on general sessions, refreshment breaks, and social events shall not count. CPH can earn a maximum of 8 credits per day for full-day programs.

Attending Public Health College or University Courses

Graduate-level college or university courses and programs (e.g., face-to-face or online) taken for academic credit which result in a passing grade. Summer institutes are also allowed under this category. Courses and programs under this category must be related to the content of the CPH exam.

15 CPH recertification credits per semester-long class or summer program; 10 CPH recertification credits per trimester or quarter-long class.

Attending Coursera Courses

Completed Coursera courses that are related to the domain areas of the CPH exam.

1 CPH recertification credit per week of the course. The course must be completed for credits to be earned. A five week course, when completed, will earn five CPH credits. A twelve week course will earn twelve CPH credits.

CPH Book Club

Participation in the CPH book club earns 5 credits per year.   Instructions to join are found in the recertification portal.

Instruction, Writing or Professional Contribution

  • 10 credits for each formal grant application written and approved.
  • 10 credits for each peer-reviewed article, chapter or book written and published (limited to authors who made substantial contribution to published document.)
  • 10 credits will be earned for participation each formal grant review session. (limit of 20 credits per recertification period)
  • 6 credits for participation in a formal public health mentoring program.
  • 6 credits for each full day of participation as a site visitor in a CEPH, CAHME or PHAB site visit or training as a site visitor.
  • 6 credits for each new multi-day course. Course must be newly developed and delivered by CPH to be eligible for credit.
  • 5 credits per year for participation in the CPH book club (instruction on joining are found in the recertification portal)
  • 4 credits for each new one day workshop or seminar that is instructed. Workshop/seminar must be newly developed and delivered by CPH to be eligible for credit.
  • 1 credits for each presentation or guest lecture given in a formal public setting. Presentation must be newly written/developed by speaker to be eligible for credit.

Residencies and Dissertations

  • Medical residency – 25 credits per year are earned during a medical residency.
  • Dissertation – 25 credits per year while working on a dissertation.

Public Health Fellowship

Participation in formal public health fellowship training programs will earn 15 recertification credits per year.

Experiential Activities

Credit may be earned by volunteer experiential activities.

Please email for more information.

Earning Other Certifications

Earning a certification in public health other than the CPH or a related field may earn 10 recertification credits.

Earning public health related certifications may count up to 10 credits towards CPH recertification. You may only count your awarded certification once during the lifecycle of your CPH. However, continuing education/recertification activities that may be reported to maintain other public health related recertification may also count towards CPH recertification, assuming they relate to the domain areas of the CPH exam.

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Item writer for CPH exam or CPH study guide (through CE Partners only)

Item writers are needed for all the Certified in Public Health content areas. Each year, the NBPHE recruits volunteers from public health professionals with an active CPH. Item writers generally serve a term of no more than two consecutive years, though they may serve multiple terms over their career. An annual call for item-writing volunteers is posted on our website, Facebook page, and linked in group.

10 CPH credits per year

As reported by the NBPHE or CE Partners.

Volunteer/Leadership Service Activities

Non-compensated public health activities provided as service to organizations other than the CPH employer (e.g., service as a board member for a public health organization, volunteering at a public health service event, etc.) General membership in an organization shall not count.

1 credit per hour of service activities. An additional 2 recertification credits may be earned for each leadership position (e.g. board or committee chair) held during the recertification period. This category is limited to a maximum of twenty hours per recertification period.



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