Certified in Public Health Exam

The CPH credential is the only voluntary credential for public health professionals and was designed to demonstrate that an individual who graduates from a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health has mastered foundational competencies in public health. The CPH credential:

  • Can distinguish you from other candidates when competing for jobs
  • Demonstrates your commitment to staying current in public health beyond your academic training
  • Signifies to others your public health expertise by evidencing mastery of the core sciences of public health
  • Assures the community you serve/protect that you maintain a national, professional standard

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Current students are eligible to sit for the CPH exam so long as they have completed or are concurrently enrolled in the graduate-level core content required for their graduate degree:

  • EPIB 610 (or HLTH720) Foundations of Epidemiology
  • EPIB 650 (or HLTH651) Biostatistics I
  • HLSA 601 (or HLTH740) Introduction to Health Services
  • HLTH 665 Health Behavior I
  • MIEH 600 (or HLTH 761) Foundations of Environmental Health 

Current students 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.

Alumni who graduated from the School of Public Health beginning in 2007 or later and completed their public health core areas at the University of Maryland School of Public Health are eligible to sit for the exam under this discount offer. 

Professionals who did not complete their graduate degree at the School of Public Health may check for eligibility criteria with the National Board of Public Health Examiners

WHAT IS THE COST?

Dean Clark has agreed that the University of Maryland School of Public Health will pay the CPH exam fee for all currently enrolled eligible graduate students who register for the exam administration. Students who wish to have the school cover the cost must fill out the CPH Voucher Request form

Alumni who graduated from the School of Public Health in 2007 and later are eligible to sit for the exam and will receive a discounted price of $345. Alumni will pay the full cost of the exam ($385) when they schedule their exam date and location and will be refunded the difference after the exam.

WHEN AND WHERE IS THE EXAM?

The CPH exam will be administered at computer-based AMP testing centers during the following exam period:

Feb 1-29 2016

June 1-30 2016

Oct 1-31 2016

WHEN DO I BECOME "CERTIFIED IN PUBLIC HEALTH"?

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

Alumni who pass the CPH exam will become Certified in Public Health as soon as they are notified of their passing score (usually about one month after the exam date) and are verified by the Dean's Office.

WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? 

To take advantage of this discounted rate:

  • Visit the Certified in Public Health Registration website, follow the registration links and create a new user log-in with AMP to sit for the CPH exam.  
  • Contact Evelyn King-Marshall with your UID and intention to schedule an exam date. Ms. King-Marshall will verify your eligibility and provide approved current students with a registration voucher code. (Alumni will pay for the exam during the registration process and will be mailed a check after they sit for the exam amounting in the difference of the general public rate and SPH alumni rate.)
  • Schedule your preferred exam date and location by logging into your AMP account. 
  • If you register for the exam and determine later that you are unable to take the test as planned, you MUST cancel your exam registration in advance of the test date OR contact NBPHE and defer to the next exam administration. After registering, if you choose to defer your exam to the next administration, you are responsible for paying the exam deferral fee ($125). Students who register for the exam but do not schedule a date, do not show up for the scheduled exam, or do not cancel their registration in advance forfeit the registration fee paid by the School of Public Health and will not be eligible for this offer from the School of Public Health again.
  • Students who wish to have the school cover the cost must fill out the CPH Voucher Request form

FAQs:

Q: How far in advance can I schedule an exam?

A: Candidates can register and schedule an exam up to one year in advance. Computer-based exams do not have a deadline, but the longer a candidate waits to schedule, the more likely it is that a date/location will be full. Paper and pencil exams have a scheduling cut-off of one month before the exam takes place. 

Q: How can I study for the CPH exam?

A: All University of Maryland School of Public Health current students and alumni will receive free access to the CPH study guide when they schedule an exam. 

Q: When will I find out if I passed the exam?

A: Scores are usually available one month after the end of the testing period. By the end of each testing period there is an announcement posted on the NBPHE website with more information. 

Q: How many times can I sit for the exam?

A: The School of Public Health will pay for you to sit for the exam one time. 

MORE QUESTIONS? 

Please see www.nbphe.org for general information about the CPH or contact Dr. Evelyn King-Marshall at eckm@umd.edu or 301-405-2789, for specific information and details about this discount opportunity for University of Maryland School of Public Health students and alumni.

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