Depending upon your occupational goals, a professional certification may help you. The following are some common certifications. You can explore additional certifications, specific to your field of interest, by talking with your advisor, via informational interviews and by reviewing required and preferred qualifications in job descriptions.
Certified in Public Health (CPH). As students and graduates of a CEPH-accredited school of public health, COPH students and alumni may sit for the CPH exam.
Current students are eligible to take the exam, so long as they have completed or are concurrently enrolled in the graduate-level core content required for their graduate degree (biostatistics, epidemiology, health services/policy management, environmental health, social behavioral sciences). Candidates who pass the exam under this eligibility criteria will be provisionally certified until graduation. Following confirmation of their graduation, they will be Certified in Public Health.
Benefits of CPH:
- Demonstrates your commitment to public health, and a mastery of core public health concepts
- Maintaining your certification will help you stay up to date on the broad field of public health, long after you have completed your degree program
- As more and more professionals become Certified in Public Health, the entire field is elevated
In some geographic areas, the CPH is already preferred or required for certain jobs, and its prominence is expected to grow in the coming years.
Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) (and the more advanced, Master Certified Health Education Specialist, MCHES) is the credential for individuals interested in a career in health education. Many health education positions are CHES required or strongly preferred.
SAS Certification is valuable for anyone intending to pursue a data-related career. Biostatistics students should review requirements for some of their preferred types of jobs to determine whether SAS Certification is relevant to their career interests. Currently enrolled students may apply for a 50% discount off the standard testing fees.