The National Board of Public Health Examiners’ (NBPHE’s) board of directors have announced a pilot program to assess whether the knowledge and skills assessed by the Certified in Public Health (CPH) Exam are relevant to public health practice and can be acquired by individuals working as public health professionals. In this pilot program, individuals who have a bachelor’s degree and at least five subsequent years’ public health work experience will be eligible to take the CPH exam during the computer-based testing period of October 1-31, 2015. Public health faculty with more than five years teaching experience are encouraged to participate. Because robust participation is needed to evaluate the results of this pilot program, participants will be charged a discounted rate of $150.
The NBPHE will evaluate the results of the pilot program after the October exam. Individuals participating in the pilot program who pass the exam will receive their Certified in Public Health credential. Depending on the success of participants, the NBPHE will consider offering all similarly qualified public health professionals the opportunity to take the CPH during future exam administrations.
For those interested in sitting for the CPH under this pilot program, additional information, including test locations and the exam content outline, can be found on the NBPHE website. In addition to study resources available from NBPHE, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health will supply complimentary access to the CPH Study Guide. Registration for the October administration is now open at http://www.aspph.org/new-cph-pilot-on-alternate-eligibility-for-public-health-professionals/.