255996 Promoting the Value of Voluntary Certification: Data on CPH Professionals' Continuing Education & Development

Monday, October 29, 2012 : 12:30 PM - 12:50 PM

David I. Gregorio, PhD , Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, CT
Molly Eggleston, MPH, CPH, MCHES , National Board of Public Health Examiners, Pittsburgh, PA
Allison Foster, MBA, CAE , Association of Schools of Public Health, Washington, DC
The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) issued the first Certified in Public Health (CPH) credentials in 2008. The Charter Class of 577 individuals who passed the inaugural exam has continued their commitment to their careers and the field by complying with requirements for CPH continuing education (CE). The maintenance of certification standards were developed not only to encourage life-long learning but also to ensure ongoing competence in the field. Members of the Charter Class and benchmarks for other disciplines informed the initial innovation of the standards. The CPH CE requirements are an important step in building value in the CPH credential.

The 2008 class was asked to submit CPH renewal applications at the end of 2011 in order to maintain their CPH for their next two year renewal period (2012-2013). This reporting cycle was designed as a formative evaluation phase. Our presentation will provide an overview of the academic and professional profile of the 2008 CPH cohort and report on the variety of continuing education activities they reported top the NBPHE. These data provide a unique look at practices of professional development among a cohort of public health leaders. They also provide valuable information for public health academic and professional organizations that respond to training gaps for the public health workforce. The renewal data will assist the NBPHE as it refines and finalizes the requirements for future cohorts Lastly, The NBPHE will discuss recent modifications to the maintenance of certification process and the intent behind them.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
1. List the continuing education requirements to maintain the CPH credential 2. Compare the standards to maintain the CPH to other health disciplines 3. Identify a data source for a seminal picture of continuing education in public health.

Keywords: Certification, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a member of the NBPHE since its inception and now serve as Chair of its Maintenance of Certification sub-committee. I have directed the a graduate public health program at the University of Connecticut since 2004.
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.