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Why did you get Certified in Public Health?
Numerous employers also look to the CPH as a way to find top-tier talent in the public health field. Thousands of professionals at various stages of their career count themselves as Certified in Public Health (CPH). To learn why they took on the credential, see below.
I am promoting this exam and I am involved in the teaching of public health at a college level. I feel that the CPH is something that will validate public health as a clear set of disciplines and adds to the expertise that one brings to the table with issues concerning all aspects of public health. My own public health background emphasized economics and the built environment and the CPH has been invaluable as a tool of credibility.
Dr. David J. Hintz, CPH
Public health is critically important in the protection and promotion of health and the prevention of disease. The CPH provides evidence that we as public health professionals have attained a nationally recognized level of expertise to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy. I believe that everyone eligible who is in the field should take the exam.
Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, CPH
Director, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness
I took the CPH exam because I felt that there was a need for this type of certification in public health, and I was sure that others (including employers) would see it as valuable. As I took the exam right after finishing my MPH, it was a good review of my courses, some of which I had taken four years earlier. I believe the field was ready for this type of generalized certification… it will help ensure that those who have it possess a certain distinct body of knowledge. In my experience, the exam was challenging, but fair.
Debbie Shelmire, MPH, CPH
National Board of Medical Examiners
I am very happy I took the exam. One of the things which I have noticed about our profession is that we are splintered – not only by skill but by specialty. I see this more profoundly when we (public health professionals) offer our services to the general public or emergency responders during emergency responses. Calling ourselves public health professionals – but failing to disclose that public health offers much more than just epi – or treatment/screening – is something we have to do much better… the CPH provides a network of public health professionals with different backgrounds – which should ever be needed – can be engaged for services around the world… A CPH means you have been trained by an institution which is accredited at the highest standards of public health, you understand the complexities of the public specialties, and you commit yourself to a process which prevents rust and keeps you operating as a current public health professional.

What Employers are Saying

CPH professionals exhibit the leadership and qualification that the community has come to expect from our public health workforce. The CPH exam demonstrates that persons have mastered a fundamental breadth of core and cross-cutting competencies necessary for the effective practice of public health. CPH professionals are competent, distinguished members of the workforce and they benefit the communities they serve.
David I. Gregorio, PhD, MS
Director, Master of Public Health Program University of Connecticut
As a member of the last health profession without a credential, you can help the field raise its profile by earning the CPH and displaying it proudly.
Michael J. Klag, MD, MPH
Chair-Elect, ASPPH Board of Directors; Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg, School of Public Health

Linda Rosenstock, MD, MPH
Chair, ASPPH Board of Directors, Dean, UCLA School of Public Health
As a public health administrator in both local and state health departments, I often was responsible for hiring decisions. I found a great deal of variability in the form and content of graduate degrees in public health. CPH is a credential recognizable by employers and providing assurance that an applicant possesses a solid knowledge base in core public health content areas routinely used in practice in health departments.
Diane L. Matuszak, MD, MPH
“In pursuit of our mission to assure quality public health services in an urban county, the Allegheny County Health Department will provide the initial registration fee for any employee to become Certified in Public Health. A well-trained and up-to-date workforce, such as CPH professionals, is essential to the effective delivery of public health services.”
Bruce Dixon, MD
Director, Allegheny County Health Department, PA
“PREFERRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE: PhD or terminal degree in public health, health promotion, health policy, or health education preferred. … Certified in Public Health (CPH), or eligible and intent to become certified is preferred.”
Job posting for Director of Health Promotion and Wellness Services
at California State University, East Bay
As current chair of the Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health, I support opportunities for our students to enhance their standing in the public health profession, including earning this new public health credential.
Amy Lee, MD, MPH, CPH
The obstacles to ensuring the public’s health have grown increasingly complex in the 21st century, and will require sophisticated, multi-tiered solutions. Public health experts must be equipped with the tools necessary to pursue solutions at the policy level. The National Nursing Centers Consortium has supported emerging leaders among our staff in becoming Certified in Public Health to ensure that we can continue to further our mission of supporting policy solutions ensuring access to health care across the nation.
Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD
Executive Director, National Nursing Centers Consortium

Charter Class Testimonial: why become certified, what’s to be learned from it, and advice on becoming CPH

Click here to read an open letter from Deans Klag and Rosenstock encouraging public health students to become CPH.