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Obtain a Specialization

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) is a certification given to individuals who have a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree in health education or significant coursework in this field. The CHES examination measures possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists:

Area I: Assess Needs, Resources and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion

Area II: Plan Health Education/Promotion


Area III: Implement Health Education/Promotion 


Area IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion

Area V: Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion

Area VI: Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person

Area VII. Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion, and the Profession

These responsibilities are defined by the most current US-based practice analysis study. Those who receive the CHES certification must complete 75 hours of continuing education every five years to keep their certification. NNLM offers continuing education for those with the CHES certification for select classes that align with one or more of the seven areas of responsibility.

The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) is the body responsible for this certification. More information about obtaining this certification and continuing education opportunities outside of NNLM can be found on the NCHEC website.