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Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible to sit for the National Board of Public Health Examiners Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam, all candidates must meet one of the following eligibility criteria.

View the CPH Candidate Handbook.

Students of a school or program of public health accredited by the CEPH

  • 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 the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)*

  • Completed all degree requirements for a Masters or Doctoral level degree.
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NEW: Public Health Work Experience

  • Individuals who have at least a bachelor’s degree and at least five subsequent years’ public health work experience will 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 services.
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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.