SGU Students, Alumni Flourish on NBPHE Exam

By Brett Mauser
February 11, 2014

AERIALSt. George’s University students and alumni of the Master of Public Health program have achieved a 91 percent pass rate on the spring National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) exam, allowing successful test taker to become a Certified in Public Health (CPH) professional. After passing the exam, CPH professionals must earn 50 CPH recertification credits every two years to maintain their status.

“The CPH credential enhances the professional standing and recognition of individuals who gain the certification,” said Dr. Omur Cinar Elci, Professor and Chair of the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPHPM). “In addition, the CPH credential commits its holders to a career of continuous professional development and recertification providing competency assurance in their public health practice.”

SGU has increasingly been at the forefront of addressing public health issues both locally and regionally. Its designation as an official NBPHE test location in February 2013 came on the heels of the University’s MPH program attained accreditation from the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH) in 2010, the fourth program outside North America to receive the distinction. The CEPH distinction qualifies SGU students and alumni to sit the NBPHE exam, and SGU is also an NBPHE-approved provider for continuing education credits through the Bioethics Grand Grounds and Graduate Seminar Series events.

In 2012, the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine was also named a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center for Environmental and Occupational Health, making it the first collaborating center of its kind in the region. In addition, the on-campus research institution, the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), was selected by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to establish a Regional Collaborating Center (RCC) for the Caribbean.

“As chair, it has been a privilege leading the DPHPM team of dedicated professionals through this significant period of development for the benefit of the communities that we serve,” Dr. Elci said. “The exceptional success of our students and alumni in the recent NBPHE exams is indeed the latest testimony to the DPHPM towards achieving its vision of serving as a regional and international center for excellence in education, research, service, and scholarly activities.”

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