Public Health Licensing

New Notice: The New Jersey Public Health Licensure Examinations scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 2019, for those interested in becoming a licensed health officer or registered environmental health specialist in the State of New Jersey have been re-scheduled to Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The new date is only open to eligible November 2019 exam candidates. No new applications are being accepted for admission to the licensure exams on January 14, 2020.

A license is required for Health Officers or Registered Environmental Health Specialists employed by local health departments.  The Licensure of Persons for Public Health Positions  sets forth the license standards.

New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) licenses candidates who meet requirements for education, training and experience.  The examination is administered two times per year, May and November.

Examination Dates For 2019
 Examination Date  Application Deadline 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 Friday, March 1, 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
EXAM RE-SCHEDULED* for Tuesday,
January 14, 2020

Friday, August 30, 2019

*Rescheduled Exam open for applications submitted by Friday, August 30, 2019. No new applications are being accepted at this time.

Only applications which are complete and have been received prior to the published examination closing date will be reviewed.

A Health Officer is the public health chief executive officer of a municipal, regional, county or contractual health agency.  This individual is responsible for evaluating health problems, planning appropriate activities to address these health problems, developing necessary budget procedures to finance these activities, and directing staff to carry out these activities efficiently and economically. 

AA Registered Environmental Health Specialist is employed by a local health agency, e.g., an individual municipal local health agency, a regional health commission, or a county health department.  Alternatively, some individuals are employed by the Food and Drug Administration, the US Department of Agriculture, private consulforting companies, or private food concerns.

Last Reviewed: 10/21/2019