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NBPHE Seeking Item-Writer Nominations – Due October 31

The National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) is seeking nominations for item writers for the Certified in Public Health (CPH) examination. As the number of candidates taking the CPH exam is increasing each year, the item bank must increase significantly over the next few years. To learn more about the exam, click here.


Item-writers are sought from individuals at CEPH-accredited schools and programs of public health and practice agencies with expertise in one or more of the 12 competency areas below and with skill or interest in writing objective test questions. Ideally, nominees will have experience in writing objective test questions, though the NBPHE will accept nominees who are willing to learn. Nominees should also have experience teaching one the five core courses (epidemiology, biostatistics, health policy and management, environmental health, behavioral sciences/health education.)

Training will be made available to all item-writers. CPH recertification credits may be earned for participation in the item-writing process.

Please direct any specific questions or comments about the item-writing process to Dr. Donna Petersen, NBPHE Test Development Committee Chair, at

To self-nominate or nominate an item writer, please send the following no later than October 31 to Ms. Allison Foster at

1) CV or Resume

2) Area(s) of public health competency expertise from the list below

3) Contact information

For general information about the NBPHE, contact or see

Five Core Areas Cross-Cutting Area
Biostatistics Communication and Informatics
General Principles
Environmental Health Sciences Diversity and Culture
Epidemiology Leadership
Health Policy and Management Public Health Biology
Social and Behavioral Sciences Professionalism
Programs Planning
Systems Thinking