St. George’s University Registers 93 Percent Pass Rate on Rigorous Public Health Exam
St. George’s University students and alumni of the Master of Public Health program continued their scholarly public health success as they achieved a 93 percent pass rate on the Fall 2014 National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE) exam, allowing them to become a Certified in Public Health (CPH) professional. All together, since 2011, SGU students and alumni have demonstrated a pass rate of 93 percent all-time. After passing the exam, CPH professionals must earn 50 CPH continuing education recertification credits every two years to maintain their status. St. George’s University was named an official test location for the NBPHE CPH exam in 2013.
“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. 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.
In addition, 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 2013, the DPHPM and the Windward Islands Research & Education Foundation (WINDREF) were selected by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to establish a Regional Collaborating Centre 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.”
Dr. Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor and DPHPM Deputy Chair and a CPH holder himself, is a recent appointee to the CEPH Examiners Board as a question writer for the NBPHE CPH exam. He noted that a CEPH-accredited MPH degree and CPH board certification has also benefited the University’s physicians and veterinarians as they have vied for competitive residency positions and employment opportunities. Dr. Bidaisee looks forward to bringing that experience back to SGU’s MPH program to further contribute to students’ and alumni’s successful preparations for CPH examinations to come.