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  SEPTEMBER 30, 2011
NBPHE Elects New Board Officers and President from Key Public Health Organizations and Schools of Public Health

NBPHEDuring a special election this month, Dean Richard Clover of the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences was elected chair of the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), which oversees and administers the Certified in Public Health (CPH) credential for the public health workforce. Dean Clover was honored to be elected to the board and views his appointment as an opportunity to highlight the importance of a standardized assessment for the public health workforce and professionals’ commitment to continuing education in the field, all of which are achieved through the CPH credential.

“The Certified in Public Health credential is a crucial asset for public health professionals and raises the bar for our field overall. I am honored to lead the NBPHE in its efforts to further this credential and, with this work, elevate the entire public health field,” said Dean Clover.

In addition to naming Dean Clover the chair, the board elected the following officers:

  • Dean Richard Kurz, of the University of North Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health, as chair-elect and chair of the Testing Committee; and
  • Dr. Cheryl Healton, president and CEO of American Legacy Foundation, as secretary and treasurer.

The NBPHE also elected Ms. Allison J. Foster as its new president. Ms. Foster is also the deputy executive director of ASPH.

“I look forward to serving as president of the organization that gives current and future professionals the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to public health,” said Ms. Foster. “The future of public health as a profession will benefit from the CPH credential and the work of the NBPHE.”

In addition to the election of these officers and president, the following individuals were also appointed or re-appointed as members of the board: Dean Gary Raskob, of the University of Oklahoma College of Public Health; Dean Roberta Ness, of the University of Texas School of Public Health; Dr. Walter Tsou, past-president of the American Public Health Association; Mr. Thomas C. Quade, assistant health commissioner of Summit County Public Health; Dr. Alan Melnick, health officer for Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties, Washington and chair of the Washington State Health Officers Forum; Ms. Michelle A. Larkin, senior program officer and team director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation;  Dr. David Gregorio, director of the Graduate Program in Public Health University of Connecticut Health Center; Ms. Ruth Gaare Bernheim, chair of the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine; Dean Philip Nasca, of the University at Albany SUNY School of Public Health, who is currently serving as chair of the NBPHE Nominations Committee; and Dr. Terry Dwelle, member of the Executive Committee of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, who is currently serving as NBPHE’s Immediate-Past Chair. To see the board members’ complete biographies and honors, click here.

While welcoming this new leadership, NBPHE also applauds and recognizes its former board members for their invaluable insight, leadership and vision, without which this landmark public health credential would not have been possible. Their ardent work in building the foundation for the CPH is a testament to their commitment to excellence in the field and safeguarding its future for the incoming and new generations of the public health workforce.

NBPHE thanks the following members for their recent service on the board and their continuing commitment to the future of public health: Dr. Rima Adel Afifi, Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Faculty of Health Sciences at the American University of Beirut; Dr. J. Jackson Barnette, associate dean for academic and student affairs and professor of biostatistics and informatics at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado Denver; Dr. Mindy Fullilove, professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University; Dr. Fernando A. Guerra, public health consultant at the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and the City of San Antonio; Dr. Sally Guttmacher, professor and director of the Masters Program in Public Health at New York University; Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, research director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;  Dr. Edward M. Mamary, Health Science Department at San Jose State University; Dr. Diane L. Matuszak, public health consultant of Columbia, MD; Dr. Patricia Rodney, past chair of the Consortium of African American Public Health Programs and adjunct professor of the Morehouse School of Medicine National Center for Primary Care; and Dr. Adewale Troutman, director of public health practice and leadership at the University of South Florida College of Public Health.

As the NBPHE strives to raise the bar in public health through credentialing, its Board of Directors primarily represents five key collaborating organizations: the American Public Health Association, the Association of Prevention Teaching and Research, the Association of Schools of Public Health, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the National Association of County and City Health Officials. The board is dedicated to increasing recognition of the public health profession, raising the visibility of public health, and measuring and improving the competency of public health workers across the nation and around the world.

The NBPHE was established in September 2005 to ensure that students and graduates from schools and programs of public health accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) have mastered the knowledge and skills relevant to contemporary public health. It does this by administering a certification exam and overseeing a maintenance of certification program. Over 3,500 individuals have registered for the exam since its inaugural offering across the world in 2008.

All graduates from CEPH-accredited schools and programs are eligible to apply for the credential. For more information on the CPH credential, visit