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Certified Health Education Specialist

Make the most of your Public Health degree

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.

Where do certified health education specialists work?
  • Universities
  • Public Schools
  • Local and State Health Departments
  • Non-Profits
  • Hospitals
  • Corporations
  • Armed Forces Wellness Centers
What kind of job can I get?
  • Health Educator
  • Wellness Coordinator
  • Senior Education Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Training Specialist
  • Prevention and Community Educator
  • Outreach Specialist

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.

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For more information about the becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist, email Jenna Wintemberg at