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Certified in Public Health Exam

Pitt Public Health's CPH Initiative

Cap off your public health education and gain an important professional credential by taking the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam. 

Why Become CPH

  • Give yourself a boost in the public health job market
  • Becoming CPH distinguishes you from the other 8,000 world-wide public health graduates
  • Helps to establish your credentials when coming to the table with other health professionals
  • More and more public health employers give hiring, salary, and promotion preference to people with the CPH credential
  • Increase the credibility of the public health profession and increase your credibility as a public health professional
  • Become part of the movement to set professional standards for the field
  • Read more from NBPHE.


You must have earned 21 or more total credits towards your degree and have completed the core courses required for your program. For DrPH and MPH students, the credits must include the five core public health areas of: biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health services/policy management, and social and behavioral sciences. For MS and PhD students the Essentials of Public Health (PUBHLT 2011) course will substitute for the core areas of environmental health sciences, health services/policy management, and social and behavioral sciences. Students concurrently enrolled in one core course when scheduled to sit for the exam are considered eligible.


Current Students and Recent Graduates* | Instructions:
  • Students select the "student and alumni" registration link on the CPH exam registration Web page. This brings you to the AMP (test provider) site. Select the red "Register for this Exam" button at the bottom of the page.  Register now for school sponsorship.
  • If you have never used the AMP site for an exam, you will need to create a log-in. To do so select "New User ?" under the log-in boxes on the page.
  •  Complete the registration pages by entering in your contact information, demographic information, academic information (for example, what degree you are earning, and your date of expected date of graduation).
  • After you complete the registration information, you will be asked to select whether you would like to complete the exam as a paper/pencil test or at a testing center**. It is best to select an option and stick with it. Details on paper/pencil test dates on-campus and testing centers is below.
  • Step 5 of 6 asks if registration fees are subsidized.  Select the fully subsidized option.
  • Step 6 of 6 requests payment. Do not submit payment and log out of the system. You have completed all of the necessary steps to register for the test. 
  • NBPHE will send the school a list of students who register for the exam by the registration deadline.
  • The school will e-mail students who have registered to confirm registration and provide log-in for the CPH online study guide.
  • The school will certify student eligibility. Once certified, the school will e-mail students confirmation of eligibility. If eligibility issues are discovered, students will be e-mailed directly to clarify core course enrollment plans.
  • Once students are certified eligible, the school will send students a voucher code to be entered as payment for the exam on the AMP site.
  • AMP will send scheduling permits directly to the students.
  • You may now schedule your CPH exam.

* Students completing their degree program within the last academic year of the current CPH cycle. For academic year 2016-17 this includes graduates from: June, August, and December 2016, April, June, and August 2017.

** There is an international testing fee ($100.00) for individuals taking the CPH exam outside of the United States, Puerto Rico, and Canada. This fee must be paid by the test-taker. The Graduate School of Public Health is not responsible for the payment of the international testing fee.

Details on Paper and Pencil Test on Campus

Pitt Public Health offered an on-campus test in February 2017.  We may continue to do this each year, if student interest and registration numbers are sufficient.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions about the CPH exam?

For more information about the Certified in Public Health Exam at Pitt Public Health, or to access the CPH study guide, contact
Robin Leaf

For more information about CPH Continuing Education (CPH-CE) events at Pitt Public Health, contact 
Robin A. Leaf, MEd


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