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. Each question on the exam links 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.

For the purposes of the job 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.

In performing these functions, the healthcare quality professional applies information management, general administrative, and program development and evaluation skills. 

Each of the tasks listed in the content outline was rated as significant to practice by those employed across the continuum of care, including acute care, health systems, managed care, consultants, critical access hospitals, government agencies, academic institutions, physicians, behavioral health, external quality review organizations, home health, long-term care, and other care settings.