The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) designation signifies that an individual has successfully passed a national competency-based exam demonstrating skill with and knowledge of the Seven Areas of Responsibility. The certification exam is administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC).
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Health Education is an essential health service that involves the practice of four core activities:
1) assessment; 2) planning; 3) implementation; and 4) evaluation.
By focusing on prevention, health education aims to reduce the financial and human costs that individuals, employers, health facilities, insurance companies, and the nation would spend on healthcare and medical treatment (College of Public Health, n.d.).
Health educators and Health Education Specialists are employed in many different settings.
- K-12 Schools to help students adopt healthful behaviors thereby improving academic performance, as well as with improving the health of faculty/staff and parents (CDC, 2014)
- College/University health education programs to train future health education specialists and to conduct research on effective programs, policies and interventions
- Colleges & University Health Centers to help young adults improve their health and reduce risky behaviors
- Hospitals, Clinics and Health Plans to promote healthy lifestyles, help patients and families recover from illness and educate patients on managing chronic diseases
- Municipal/County/State Public Health Departments & Military to promote and protect the health of all populations living in their geographic area and achieve public health goals
- Nonprofit/Voluntary Organizations to provide education and services related to a particular disease or priority population
- Business/Industry to identify common health problems among employees and create incentive programs to encourage employees to adopt healthy behaviors.
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Employment of health educators is expected to grow by 21%, which is faster than the average for all occupations through 2022.
Those individuals with advanced degrees can expect to earn the highest wages while also having the most job opportunities since many employers are seeking out health educators with graduate degrees.
According to the Department of Labor
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