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Get Certified in Public Health!
Welcome to your resource for review materials for the national exam to become a certified public health professional! The exam is rooted in the five basic core competencies of public health and is administered to graduates of CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health.  If you received a graduate-level degree from the University of South Florida beginning in 1984, you can take the exam.
Be a part of Public Health History
We are very pleased to report that the first ever offering of a national certification exam in public health has been deemed a success!  Now that we know it is "safe” to take this exam, I encourage all of you to register for the exam.  Faculty, if you are a graduate of an CEPH accredited school or program you too are eligible to sit for this exam (and the preliminary results of the first exam would suggest that people who have been out of school for a while did just as well if not better than more recent graduates!).  Any graduate of an accredited school or program is eligible, regardless of degree, concentration or year of graduation.  Registration for the 2010 exam closes April 30th  and you must have GRADUATED by July 31, 2010 to sit for the exam.


The exam is a 200 item multiple-choice format exam that covers basic content from the areas of biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health science, health policy and management and the social and behavioral sciences in addition to some newer content in leadership, diversity, program planning, professionalism, communication, systems thinking and public health biology.  Examinees across the nation did just fine on these latter cross-cutting competencies, despite some initial fears, and it appears that with a good review of your old core course material, or one of the study guides that has been produced (ASPH has a study guide as does Jones and Bartlett Publishing) you will do well.  Of course graduates of the USF College of Public Health have an advantage in that they have all taken and passed our comprehensive exam (which I’m told was more difficult than the national certification exam).


Why should you do this?  One, to be a pioneer.  Two, to help enhance the professionalism of your field.  Three, to possibly give you a leg up on the competition when seeking jobs or promotions.  Four, to affirm how much you really do know about public health. And, five, to help us continually improve the quality of our instruction here at the College.


So, what’s stopping you?  Visit today and register to Take the Exam!


PS you can always use the review materials we provide for the comprehensive exam to help you get ready AND there is a highly entertaining video on our web site of Drs. Petersen and Liller discussing the cross-cutting competencies that will help you prepare for those items.


Thanks so much!


Holler if you have any questions.


Dr. Donna Petersen, Dean


General Information
Register for the exam:
Competency document AND to order a copy of the National Certification Exam Study Guide. If you are a member of Delta Omega, you can order the study guide at a discount – details available on the Delta Omega link:
The Cross-Cutting Competencies and the National Public Health Certification Exam:
An Enlightening Conversation between Dean Petersen and Associate Dean Liller.

Review Questions
Environmental and Occupational Health:
Social and Behavioral Sciences Applied to Health:

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