CPHQ Exam Content Outline

The content validity of the CPHQ examination is based on a practice analysis which surveys healthcare quality professionals on the tasks they perform as a part of their job. HQCC updates the practice analysis periodically to ensure that the CPHQ exam reflects current practice. The most recent practice analysis survey was sent to 16,948 individuals in 2016.

For the purposes of the practice analysis, a professional in healthcare quality was defined as having experience in managing and/or conducting activities in one or more of the following areas of expertise in healthcare quality:

  • performance and process improvement,
  • care coordination,
  • population health,
  • data analytics, measurement, and analysis,
  • patient safety,
  • risk management, and
  • compliance with standards and regulations.

A group of subject matter experts (SMEs) reviewed and analyzed the practice analysis made minor edits to the CPHQ content outline based on the current responsibilities of the healthcare quality professional. Each of the tasks listed in the content outline was rated as significant to those who practice in care settings across the health continuum and who are employed in academia, regulatory/accreditation, vendor and payer settings.

The main changes in the new content outline have to do with updates in terminology (i.e. shift from Information Management to Health Data Analytics) in addition to realignment of tasks between the domains to best reflect current practice. There were no material changes in regards to additions or deletions of major areas.

Each question on the CPHQ examination is linked directly to one of the tasks listed in the content outline. Each question is designed to test if the candidate possesses the knowledge necessary to perform the task and/or has the ability to apply it to a job situation.

The new content outline will go into effect beginning January 1, 2018.

If you are testing in 2017 your exam will follow the current content outline.

For those who are scheduled to sit in 2018 please reference the 2018 content outline.

Summary of Changes:

Current Effective January 1, 2018
1. Quality Leadership & Structure (20 Items) 1. Organizational Leadership (35 Items)
  A. Leadership   A. Structure & Integration
  B. Structure   B. Regulatory, Accreditation, and External Recognition
    C. Education, Training And Communication
2. Information Management (25 Items) 2. Health Data Analytics (30 Items)
  A. Design & Data Collection   A. Design and Data Management
  B. Measurement and Analysis   B. Measurement and Analysis
3. Performance Measurement and Process Improvement (52 Items) 3. Performance and Process Improvement (40 Items)
  A. Planning   A. Identifying Opportunities for Improvement
  B. Implementation & Evaluation   B. Implementation and Evaluation
  C. Education & Training    
  D. Communication    
4. Patient Safety (28 Items) 4. Patient Safety (20 Items)
  A. Assessment & Planning   A. Assessment & Planning
  B. Implementation & Evaluation   B. Implementation & Evaluation