ETSU’s Dr. Ken Silver designated as certified public health professional ETSU’s Dr. Ken Silver designated as certified public health professional

JOHNSON CITY – Dr. Ken Silver, assistant professor of environmental health in East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health, has successfully passed the National Board of Public Health Examiners’ certification exam to become a certified public health professional.

According to the National Board of Public Health Examiners (NBPHE), the designation of certified public health professionals sets a standard of knowledge and skills in public health, encourages lifelong learning, and builds credibility for the public health profession.

The examination, which was offered for the first time this year, is aimed at assuring a basic canon of knowledge and competencies among graduates of master’s degree programs in schools of public health.  NBPHE also developed the certification process to increase public health awareness and to foster an environment of a professional community.

Silver has gained national attention for his expertise in health-related consequences of occupational exposures. Last year, he testified during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on the need to improve the procedure through which compensation claims are processed for workers made ill during their service in the Cold War.

The hearing examined the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) that was enacted in 2000 to provide one-time compensation plus continuing medical benefits to workers exposed to beryllium, radiation, and other harmful substances while working in a nuclear weapons complex.

Silver has been asked to help develop next year’s NBPHE certification exam.