The American Osteopathic Board of Preventive Medicine administers primary certification exams, subspecialty certification exams, and Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements. The following stages represent key milestones in the process to obtain primary board certification in Public Health/Community Medicine.

Certification Exam

1. In order to take the Public Health/Community Medicine Certification Exam, applicants must have completed an internship year or transitional year or one year of training in Public Health/Community Medicine and have earned a Master in Public Health or equivalent degree.

2. The Public Health/Community Medicine Written Exam is offered one weekend every spring. The application period opens in fall and applications are due Dec. 1.

Become Board Certified

3. Upon successful completion of all exam components, the  AOBPM will recommend osteopathic board certification to the AOA.

4. You will receive a letter from the AOA via email once certification has been approved.

5. You are now board certified. You will receive your certification in the mail

6. Your primary certification in Public Health/Community Medicine will remain active for 10 years following date of issue provided you successfully complete Osteopathic Continuous Certification requirements.

Maintain Your Certification

7. Maintain active licensure.

8. Participate in lifelong learning and continuing medical education.

9. Complete the cognitive assessment.

10. Complete the practice performance assessment.