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Students may want to add to their credentials by sitting for one or more certification exams in their area of interest. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list. We encourage you to ask faculty and other mentors for additional suggestions. If you have corrections or recommendations for other certifications to include, please contact us.
To be eligible for the National Board of Public Health Examiners certification exam you must have a graduate level (Masters or Doctoral) degree from a CEPH-accredited school or program of public health.
Certification of emergency response coordinators is based on evidence submitted by individuals that have acquired and demonstrated competency in public health practice, public health emergency preparedness and response, environmental health, epidemiology and infectious diseases. The initials, CERC, may be used after the name of a Certified Emergency Response Coordinator.
A person seeking certification as a public health administrator is expected to provide evidence that they have acquired and demonstrated competency in public health practice and public heath administration. Once certified, the individual may use the initials CPHA (Certified Public Health Administrator) after their name.
The Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN) is a registered nurse prepared in a graduate level public/community health nursing program or an accepted equivalent. This nurse has advanced knowledge and proficiency in utilizing public health sciences and skills in the assessment of communities and populations, policy development, program planning, effective communication, and the impact of cultural influences on health. By combining public/community health with nursing theory and research, this nurse’s practice considers all influences on the population and community in decision making and outcome evaluation. The APHN is actively engaged in education (e.g. community, staff, students, and colleagues), case management, expert clinical practice, consultation, research, and administration.
Health educators are professionals who design, conduct and evaluate activities that help improve the health of all people. These activities can take place in a variety of settings that include schools, communities, health care facilities, businesses, universities and government agencies.   Health educators are employed under a range of job titles such as patient educators, health education teachers, health coaches, community organizers, public health educators, and health program managers. Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) are those who have met the standards of competence established by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. (NCHEC) and have successfully passed the CHES examination.
Earning the distinction of board certification in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) signifies your expertise, experience and commitment to continuing education and professional development. Just as members of the medical staff are board certified, having the FACHE credential by your name indicates a level of achievement in the profession.