Public Health Licensing

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 2021
 Examination Date Application Deadline 

Tuesday May 18th 2021

Monday, March 1st 2021

Tuesday November 16th 2021

Tuesday, August 31, 2021


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. 

A 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: 2/22/2021