CPH Exam Information

The Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam covers the five core areas of knowledge offered in CEPH–accredited schools and programs as well as cross–cutting areas relevant to contemporary public health. It is a timed exam, consisting of 200 questions. You have 4 hours to complete the exam. All questions on the exam are multiple choice and single-best answer. Questions include matching items; a series of questions related to a common vignette; and associated pictorials or charts. Accommodations are available

CPH Content Areas


Core Areas

•Environmental Health Sciences
•Health Policy and Management
•Social and Behavioral Sciences


Cross-Cutting Areas

•Communication and Informatics
•Diversity and Culture
•Public Health Biology
•Programs Planning
•Systems Thinking

Study Resources

NBPHE Resources

  • https://www.nbphe.org
  • Content Outline, Sample Exam Questions , Practice Exam, CPH Learning Institute at APHA, CPH Study Session Webinars, ASPPH CPH Online Study Guide
  • See TUC course blackboard for CPH study guide and username

Touro Resources

  • PH 646 course with materials and Mediasite video reviews of Core PH Classes 
  • PH Classes and Faculty
  • Practice tests


TUC & NBPHE Registrations

PH 646 TUC course (1 credit unit) : Per TUC Policy, students have one year to pass the 1 unit CPH exam course, but must pay the national board for each attempt during the year.

National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) Registration: See https://www.nbphe.org website. CPH Exam cost – $250.00. Students are required to pay  the full price of 385.00  to NBPHE and will receive a 135.00 discount sent to them from NBPHE in the mail after they take the exam.


CPH Exam Dates

The CPH Exam is offered online every February, June and October.  Paper exams are also offered in different months and locations. Students are eligible to take the exam at the following dates, but can take the exam anytime before graduation.



Candidates who pass the exam will be provisionally certified until their TUC graduation. Following confirmation of TUC graduation, they will be Certified in Public Health (CPH).


Course Coordinator


Sarah Sullivan, RN, MSN, PNP, MPH

Associate Professor