Certified in Public Health

The Certified in Public Health (CPH) is the only credential of its kind for public health that demonstrates not only your knowledge of key public health sciences, but also your commitment to the field through continuing education focused on emerging and established public health issues. As the field of public health grows and its mission becomes more defined, it is crucial for public health professions to stay current in this rapidly evolving field.

MPH students who enter the program in the fall of 2021 and beyond are required to pass the CPH Exam before graduating. Upon registering for the MPH internship/applied practice experience, students will receive a $250 bursar charge to cover the exam fee and be eligible for an e-voucher that can be entered on the CPH exam application. This is a reduced fee; the regular fee for the exam is $385.

Students who matriculated spring 2023 and beyond will register for the CPH Exam prep course (1 credit hour) and will sit for the exam as a final requirement of the course grade. MPH students should plan to enroll in this course after completing their 6 public health core courses, which for most full-time students will be in their third academic semester. The course must be taken within two semesters of completing the public health core courses.

The CPH exam can be taken on-site at one of the designated testing centers or it can be taken at any location using the designated remote-based proctoring service available 24 hrs/day world-wide. Free resources (study guides, practice exams, etc.) to prepare for the exam are available on the NBPHE website. 

Certified in Public Health

Certified Health Education Specialist

The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination is a competency-based tool used to measure possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists delineated by A Competency-Based Framework for Health Education Specialists 2015. The exam reflects the entry-level Sub-competencies of these Areas of Responsibility.  

A CHES® is an individual that has:

  1. Met required academic preparation qualifications.
  2. Successfully passed a competency-based examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  3. Satisfies the continuing education requirement to maintain the national credential.

If you are interested in taking the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination, you must apply through the NCHEC website.

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing