Public Health Credentials

Along with your degree in Public Health, here are some additional credentials to consider getting to enhance your career path:

Certified in Public Health (CPH)

CUNY SPH students and alumni can now receive a $70 discount when they take the Certified in Public Health (CPH) exam.

The Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential distinguishes you as a public health professional at the cutting edge of an ever-evolving field. This credential – the only one of its kind for public health – demonstrates your knowledge of key public health sciences and your commitment to the field through continuing education.

The Office of Career Services hosted a Discovery Series on the CPH exam with the President of the National Board of Public Health Examiners. View that event for more information on CPH, or visit the NBPHE webpage.

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Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

The CHES/MCHES – Certified Health Education Specialist – certification is the gold standard for health education. It is issued by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. Hundreds of employers recognize and/or prefer CHES and MCHES credentials when hiring candidates for positions in health education and promotion.

Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN)

This is a nationally recognized credential from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. CUNY SPH has a Nutrition and Dietetic Internship (NDI) program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). See our NDI web pages for more information about how to qualify.

New York State Certified Dietitian / Nutritionist (CDN)

This denotes recognized expertise in dietetics and nutrition by the State of New York. Information and application instructions can be found at the NYS Office of the Professions website:

American Association of Diabetes Educators’ Career Path Certificate Program for Diabetes Self-Management Education

This is a series of training levels in the delivery of diabetes education and support. See the AADE website for information about this program.

Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH)

The American Board of Industrial Hygiene® establishes an administers a valid, reliable, and rigorous credentialing process for Certified Industrial Hygienists® to protect you at work, at home, and in your community against chemical, physical, biological, and ergonomic health and safety hazards.

Certified Safety Professional (CSP)

The Board of Certified Safety Professionals offers a number of high quality credentials for safety, health, and environmental practitioners.

Institute of Hazardous Materials Management Certifications

The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management (IHMM) offers the hazmat industry accredited professional credentials, which include:

  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM ®)
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP ®)
  • Certified Dangerous Goods Professional (CDGP)
  • Certified Dangerous Goods Trainer (CDGT)

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Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics Professional Certifications

  • Certified Professional Ergonomist (CPE)
  • Certified Human Factors Professional (CHFP)
  • Certified User Experience Professional (CUXP)

The Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) provides professional certification for practitioners of human factors/ergonomics (HFE) who demonstrate expertise and comprehensive understanding of the discipline. Employers and consumers know they are working with a professional who has met a rigorous standard. Professionals can choose the designation that reflects their work focus:

Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS)

This credential is offered through the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).

NEHA has also developed additional credentials that evidence mastery of specialized knowledge including:

  • Certified in Food Safety Supplier Audits (CFSSA)
  • Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS)
  • Healthy Homes Specialist (HHS)
  • Certified Installers of Onsite Wastewater Systems (CIOWTS).

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