The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE)

Report
Overview of the
Certified in Public Health (CPH)
Program
USPHS Scientific & Training
Symposium
Public Health Leadership: The Key
to a Healthier Nation
Richard S. Kurz PhD
Terry L Dwelle MD MPHTM FAAP CPH
June 20, 2011
Learning Objectives
1.Describe
the Certified in Public Health (CPH)
process
2.Explain the eligibility and the maintenance of
certification requirements
3.Provide examples of institutionalization of the
CPH process
Brief history of CPH process
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NBPHE is independent non-profit
organization
incorporated in 2005
includes representatives from a broad range
of partner organizations
Staff:
Executive Director
Molly Eggleston, MPH, CHES, CPH
NBPHE partner organizations
Purpose of the
Certified in Public Health exam
To ensure that students and graduates
from schools and programs of public
health accredited by the Council on
Education for Public Health (CEPH)
have mastered the knowledge and
skills relevant to contemporary public
health practice
Academic eligibility criteria
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Alumni from CEPHaccredited school or
program; completed
all degree
requirements by
December 30, 2011.
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Student at CEPHaccredited school or
a program who has
completed or is
concurrently
enrolled in 21
credits on 12/30/11.
Exam Development
NBPHE contracted with the National Board of
Medical Examiners® to develop the exam,
including:
 Training of test item writers
 Editing and validation of items
 Test form development
 Administration of the exam through the
Prometrics network
 Analysis of test results
Strong Psychometric Properties
Items
Deleted
Mean item
Difficulty (P
value)
Mean item
discrimination
Reliability
Coefficient
KR20
2008
19
.68
.31
.91
2009
15
.66
.34
.93
2010
9
.67
.30
.90
2011
12
.65
.29
.90
Why did I take the exam?
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Test my knowledge base
Identify gaps
Accountability
Why maintain the CPH credential
Maintenance of
Certification =
50 hours of Continuing
Education / 2 years
Re-assessment /10 years
Richard J. Cohen, PhD
President, Public Health Management
Corporation (PHMC)
The PHMC, as a public health
institute, supports the exam
and maintenance fees of all
eligible employees. Our CPH
professionals demonstrate
their leadership and provide
essential and effective
services to our community.
Bruce Dixon, MD, Director,
Allegheny County Health Dept.
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.
1st Lt. Andrew B. Wallace, CPH,
U.S. Air Force
I am happy to say I am recently CPH certified! I
enjoyed studying for the test and have
encouraged many of my peers to sit for the
exam.
Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, CPH,
Director, S. Fla’s Public Health Practice
& Leadership Institutes
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.
Got CPH?
Visit the National Board of Public Health
Examiners
at booth #308 in the exhibit hall
Join the ranks of CPH professionals!
1-866-514-7569
http://www.nbphe.org/
Overview of the
Certified in Public Health (CPH)
Program
USPHS Scientific & Training
Symposium
Public Health Leadership: The Key
to a Healthier Nation
Richard S. Kurz PhD
Terry L Dwelle MD MPHTM FAAP CPH
June 20, 2011
Learning Objectives
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Identify the benefits of the CPH examination
Identify why the examination is needed now
Describe the examination process and its
outcomes
Describe the spread of the examination
among public health organizations
Benefits of CPH for the Field
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Advances the field by promoting education
Increases our credibility with other professionals
Responds to the call of public and private employers for a
credential to certify currency in the field
Provides a mechanism for and encourages continuing education
and currency among public health professionals
Puts graduates of all programs on an equal footing
Helps to build a professional community
Enhances marketability on individual and field levels
Demonstrates competence and enhances portability
Why certify now?
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Evolution from public health solely being a supplementary
degree for physicians and other health professionals
Increase in geographical diversity of CEPH-accredited
schools and programs
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Increase in number of graduates from CEPHaccredited institutions
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Heightened societal requirements for professional
accountability
Further development of core public health curriculum
Greater responsiveness of academic public health to
public health practice
Marketing efforts and national attention to prevention
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Overview of the
CPH Examination
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Computer based examination
Proctored testing center (Prometric)
200 items; all single best answer, multiplechoice
4½ hour standard time form
Examination Results
Examination Year
Pass Rate
2008
84%
2009
74%
2010
88%
2011
86%
Examination Results
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Students performed well overall on the 2010
and 2011 exams, although with somewhat
lower total scores than alumni.
First-takers are typically better performers
than repeaters. The difficulty of the
examination is comparable across years.
What does the examination cover?
Core & Cross-cutting
domains
1. Biostatistics
2. Environmental
Health Sciences
3. Epidemiology
4. Health Policy and
Management
5. Social and
Behavioral Sciences
6. Cross-cutting
competencies
CPH Exam is graded pass/fail
When is the examination
offered in my area?
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Any day 2/3 – 27/12
Use Prometric
Book your choice
with the Scheduling
Permit
Appointments on a
first-come, firstserved basis.
What study resources are
available from NBPHE?
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Sample tutorial
18 sample questions
ASPH MPH competency set
www.publichealthexam.org
FREE
Evidence of Institutionalization
of the CPH Process
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Allegheny County HD
American Legacy
Foundation
American Public Health
Association
Army Nurse Corps Incentive
Special Pay
Association of State &
Territorial Health Officials
California State University,
East Bay
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention
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Cherokee Nation Healthy
Nation
Clinical Connexion
Denver Health Medical
Center
Richmond Behavioral Health
Authority
University Hospital at
UNMDJ
U.S. Department of
Veteran’s Affairs
Questions?
Visit the National Board of Public Health
Examiners
at booth #308 in the exhibit hall
Join the ranks of CPH professionals!
1-866-514-7569
http://www.nbphe.org/

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