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Recertification Requirements

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.

All credits earned which are not offered by CPH pre-approved providers are subject to audit. Activities provided by pre-approved providers will earn credits as determined by the provider of CPH recertification activity.

Schedule for Maintenance of Certification

To maintain certification, CPH professionals must earn 50 CPH recertification credits every two years starting with the first year the CPH is awarded. The certification process is on a two year cycle and must be recertified on alternate years by December 31 to ensure maintenance of certification. There is no carryover of recertification credits; credits reported must have been earned in the current recertification period. A renewal application fee of $95.00 will be due each recertification cycle.

CPH professionals will also be required to agree to and uphold the CPH Code of Ethics

Recertification Activities  

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. 

For activities offered by pre-approved providers, credits earned will be determined by provider. For activities offered by providers which are NOT pre-approved, 1 CPH credit for each full clock hour, up to a maximum of 8 credits for each full-day program.

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.

Instruction, Writing or Professional Contribution

  • 10 credits for each formal grant application written and approved (limit of one per recertification cycle)
  • 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 (limit of one per recertification period)
  • 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 (limit of one per recertification period)
  • 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.
Item writer for CPH exam or CPH study guide (through pre-approved providers only)
Item writers are needed for all the Certified in Public Health content areas. The NBPHE recruits volunteers from content area experts at CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health.  They are largely represented by APTR and ASPPH. Volunteers with public health practice experience are also recruited by the organizations supporting NBPHE including APHAASTHO, and NACCHO. Item writers generally serve a term of no more than two consecutive years, though they may serve multiple terms over their career. To volunteer, email your up to date curriculum vitae to,  and specifically indicate domains of expertise from the core areas and cross-cutting domains. Please also indicate any previous item-writing experience.
As reported by the NBPHE or pre-approved providers.
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.