CPH Exam

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What is the CPH Exam?

  • From the CPH Exam Website: “The Certified in Public Health is the mark of a public health professional. Demonstrate your knowledge of key public health sciences and join the ranks of public health leaders by sitting for and successfully passing the CPH exam. Distinguish yourself from your peers by showing employers that you can meet and maintain a national standard in public health through continuing education focused on emerging and established public health issues.”
  • “The exam consists of 200 questions, and you have 4 hours to complete it. All questions on the exam are multiple choice and single-best answer.”

DPHS Offer for CPH Exam 2024

MPH and MSPH (includes joint degrees) – Eligible students may apply to participate in the CPH Bootcamp preparatory sessions. If successful, DPHS covers the registration fee for the CPH Exam.



  • Current students in Spring 2024 in one of these programs:
    • MPH - includes dual degrees with MPA, MLAS, MAIA, JD
    • MSPH
  • GPA of 3.5 or above
  • All core courses completed or will be completed in Spring 2024.
  • No more than 9 credits remaining to complete the MPH or MSPH
  • Participate in 5 sessions of CPH Prep Bootcamp (Fridays, April 26 - May 24) and pass the practice exam.


  • DPHS offered an info-session with general information about the CPH Exam, past students who have taken it.
  • Info-session Date: Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 12:00 PM
  • Recording: Watch Video (~30 min.)
  • Passcode: DPHS-CPHInfo2024


  • MPH and MSPH (include joint degrees) must apply to verify eligibility. Space is limited and selection will be on a first-come basis.
  • Application will open from April 5 thru April 24, 2024 at 4:00 PM 
  • After you have read all the instructions, you may apply.


Student Agreement:

  • The selected applicants will receive a contract agreement describing the DPHS offer and conditions.
  • Only students who accept these conditions by signing the agreement will be allowed to participate in the CPH Bootcamp sessions.
  • Deadlines are firm.

CPH Bootcamp sessions:

  • Students must participate in ALL 5 sessions to be eligible for the exam registration voucher.
  • Preparatory CPH Bootcamp sessions will be offered remotely on these Fridays in 2024, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.
    • Friday, April 26
    • Friday, May 3
    • Friday, May 10
    • Friday, May 17
    • Friday, May 24

Pre and Post practice tests:

  • Students will take a pretest prior to the first Bootcamp session.
  • Students will take a post practice test at the end of the Bootcamp. Students must pass this post-test to be eligible for the registration voucher.

CPH Exam Vouchers:

  • Students who participate in all 5 Bootcamp preparatory sessions and pass the post practice test will be eligible to receive a voucher to cover the CPH Exam registration fee.
  • Vouchers are managed and distributed by the DPHS administrator.

CPH Exam:

  • CPH Exam Date: must be taken on Friday, May 31, 2024.
  • Exam options are in-person or virtually.
  • MD/MPH students – will take the CPH Exam as part of their program.

How to Prepare for the CPH Exam

  • Use the ASPPH study guide (value of $49, but free for UM graduate public health students).
  • Free webinars to prepare for CPH Exam
  • Study resources with sample questions, practice exam and study guides
  • Study Skill Workshop – presented by Dr. Adrian Reynolds on March 31, 2024
    • Recording is available in One-Stop Shop "Resources" Tab.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact:

  • MPH and MSPH students and alumni
  • MD/MPH students