212477 Perceptions and motivations of the inaugural Certified in Public Health Examinees, 2008

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:56 PM

Walter Tsou, MD, MPH , Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA
In August 2008, the first Certified in Public Health exam was offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE). 693 examinees completed the exam and 690 test takers completed a voluntary exit survey on perceptions and motivations for taking the exam.

More than half of the test takers learned about the exam through their school or program, consistent with where much of NBPHE's outreach was directed. Three quarters of respondents said that their major motivation and most likely outcome for taking the exam was to improve their credibility as a public health professional. Surprisingly, salary potential was not the major motivation or expected outcome. Only 12% said that their public health degree program did not prepare them adequately for the exam. Over 90% completed exam registration online without difficulty. The exam fee was considered somewhat or very reasonable by 52%. The exam was considered challenging and 91% thought it was moderately or extremely difficult. Forty seven percent thought it was a fair exam. Passage of the exam should be considered an accomplishment that has helped to advance the public health profession. Implications for future exam administration and how the Certified in Public Health exam builds the public health workforce will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
Describe the major sources of information about the CPH exam Describe the major motivation for taking the CPH exam Discuss the perceived outcome of the CPH exam and its impact on the public health workforce development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Board Member, National Board of Medical Examiners Past President, APHA MD University of Pennsylvania MPH Johns Hopkins
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.