CPH Exam – DPHS Opportunity

CPH Logo


What is the CPH Exam?

  • From CPH 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

  • This Spring 2021, the Department of Public Health Sciences (DPHS) is sponsoring vouchers to register for the CPH Exam for eligible current students - see eligibility requirements: The DPHS will cover the cost of the registration fee for the CPH Exam administered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE).
  • The standard value of the exam registration is $385. The discounted fee for UM graduate public health student is $250. The DPHS is covering the full cost of the exam registration for a limited number of students this Spring 2021.
  • Students eligible for these vouchers must apply within the timeframe noted in the application section. Available vouchers will be distributed to students meeting eligibility criteria on a first-come, first served-basis. Selected students will then complete a contract form and follow the deadlines stipulated in the contract to redeem the voucher.
  • CPH Exam preparation and resources are listed below.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a current student in Spring 2021 in one of these programs:
    • MPH  includes dual degrees MPH with MPA, MLAS, MAIA, JD
    • MSPH
    • MD/MPH  MS3 and MS4 only
  • GPA of 3.5 or above
  • All core courses completed or will be completed in Spring 2021.
  • Must have no more than 9 credits remaining to complete the MPH or MSPH program
  • Students in the MD/MPH program, must be in the MS3 or MS4 cohort

How to Prepare for the CPH Exam


  • Application Form will be open from April 5 at 9:00 a.m. – April 13, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • First-come, First-served basis.
  • Apply through the Qualtrics Form.
  • The number of vouchers is limited.
  • After the application period closes, the students selected will receive an email with instructions to review and sign a contract for use of the vouchers.
  • CPH exam must be completed by the specified date in the contract.

Distribution of DPHS Voucher Code for CPH Exam

  • DPHS available vouchers will be offered to students who complete the application form on a first come, first served basis, and meet the eligibility criteria.
  • To receive the voucher code, eligible students will complete and sign a contract with the DPHS agreeing to the policy for using this voucher code.
  • Once issued, the voucher code will be available for a limited time, specified in the contract, to register for the exam. After this time, the voucher will expire.
  • Once registered for the exam, the student must take the exam within the specific timeline agreed upon in the contract. Student must honor the contract agreement for return of funds if not used within that time.


For additional information, contact: