Allison Foster from the National Board of Public Health Examiners Discusses CPH Credentialing
JPHMP presents Public Health Perspectives, a podcast series targeted towards strengthening the future public health workforce. We will explore the narratives of public health care professionals and gain insight on career paths that shape the profession. In our journey, we will use JPHMP’s 21 Public Health Case Studies on Policy & Administration, which provides case studies that help students and practitioners connect with real life experiences. These case studies explore core problems, stakeholders, steps taken, challenges, results, conclusions, and discussion questions for analysis that can be used to strengthen the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditation criteria that form the foundation of public health degrees.
This episode focuses on the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential. The mission of the National Board of Public Health Examiners, which offers the CPH, is to credential public health leaders and professionalize the field of public health.
Joining the show today is Allison Foster, President of the NBPHE. In this role, Allison is responsible for testing and administration of the CPH exam as well as the CPH recertification process. Allison is also the Deputy Executive Director of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, a national membership for public health education. She oversees membership, as well as operational and financial functions of the association.
Music presented in this program comes from The Gentle Art of Squinting by Taylor Arnold and Jordan Wilson and includes the tracks “Hilltop Cloudwatch” and “Coming Home.” Listen to the complete album here.
For further reading, consider these related articles from the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice:*
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- Working Together for Healthy People and Sustainable Communities: A Commentary on How the Alignment of Public Health Standards and Sustainable Communities Certification Can Lead to Improvements in Quality of Life for All
- The Impact of Public Health Department Accreditation: 10 Years of Lessons Learned
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Camelia Singletary, MPH, received her master’s degree in public health from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Her research interests include exploring the implementation of school physical activity programs in combination with nutritional components. She is also interested in analyzing the adoption of physical activity and healthy eating skills from a social-cognitive perspective. As a public health communicator at JPHMP Direct, she hopes to create linkages between evidence-based research, public health coursework, and health certification competencies.