Ten Students Earn CHES Certification

In April, ten students in the Department of Health Science passed the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam and, upon graduation in May, will be Certified Health Education Specialists.

CHES is a national certification for people who are completing undergraduate study with at least 25 hours of coursework in health education, health promotion and wellness. As certified health educators, these individuals work in a variety of settings and are able to help improve the health status of individuals, families and communities.

Dr. Jenna Wintemberg, Assistant Teaching Professor in Health Sciences, said there is workforce demand for graduates with CHES certification. “I’m proud of these students for passing the exam and opening up doors for themselves in the public health workforce,” she said. “Certified Health Education Specialists are in demand in schools, health departments, hospitals, non-profits, corporations, universities – any place where organizations are investing in improving health and wellness.

Congratulations to Lucy Dollinger, Regan Krummen, Sabrina Nelson, Taylor Stewart, Emily Helterbrand, Abigail Mauer, Molly Chilton, Claire Sinak, Grace Hodson and Ethan Greenblatt.

The CHES exam is a competency-based tool used to measure possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists. Health Science and Public Health majors may become eligible for the CHES examination. Learn more about CHES preparation and certification.

Dr. Enid Schatz, Professor in the Department of Health Science and the incoming Chair of the new Department of Public Health noted that “this is an important way that MU Public Health is contributing to health education in Missouri and helping to improve the health and well-being of people and communities across the state.”

This is the largest cohort of students to pass the CHES exam and both Wintemberg and Schatz expect the number to increase as the new Department of Public Health grows.