Make the Most of Your Health Science or Public Health Degree with the Certified Health Education Specialist

Health educators improve the health status of individuals, families, communities, states and the nation. The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) is the national credential for health educators. The CHES exam is typically completed at the end of a bachelor degree program, or 25 credit hours in relevant coursework, in areas related to health education, health promotion, and wellness.

CHES work in a variety of settings, including:

  •  Universities
  • Public Schools
  • Local and State Health Departments
  • Non-Profits
  • Hospitals
  • Corporations
  • Armed Forces Wellness Centers

Titles and positions held by CHES include:

  • Health Educator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Senior Education Manager
  • Assistant Director, Student
  • Program Manager
  • Training Specialist
  • Prevention and Community
  • Outreach Specialist
  • Wellness Center

 The CHES examination 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.

CHES FAQs and Recommended Courses (Undergraduates)

CHES FAQs and Recommended Courses (Graduates)