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  • FAQs

    What is the cost?

    While the overall costs of attending college vary with each student, there are certain costs which can be anticipated.

    2014-15 estimated costs for full time graduate students are:

    Student Base Budget

              WI Resident

           MN Resident



    Tuition / Fees        

         $    8,882

         $   9,482

         $  18,012


    Total base aid allowance

         $  18,760

         $  19,360

         $  27,890


    Minnesota residents can attend under the reciprocity program. However, they must file an "Application for Reciprocity Fee Status" prior to the start of their classes. Applications are available at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Click on Online Applications and choose the year you will be attending school. The applications for the 2014-15 year should be available in March.  If you are starting enrollment in the summer, it is best to complete both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 applications.

    Tuition and Fee Schedules

    UWL Financial Aid Office

    What is the CHES?

    CHES stands for Certified Health Education Specialist.  It is earned through the successful completion of a national examination process which evaluates knowledge of the responsibilities and related competencies defined by A Competency-Based Framework for Health Educators.

    The certification as a Health Education Specialist is awarded by The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing after a candidate has completed academic coursework in health education from an accredited institution and successfully completed the written examination.  Students who are within 90 days of graduation also are able to sit for the exam.  The examination, offered in April and October at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and elsewhere in the United States, is available to qualified undergraduate and graduate students. 

    The certification process is intended to: 

    Verify an individual’s knowledge and skills in the defined areas of health education competencies.

    Identify qualified health educators to employers.

    Recognize commitment to the profession.

    For more information on eligibility or how to register for testing, contact: 

    The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
    1541 Alta Drive, Suite 303
    Whitehall, PA 18052-5642
    Telephone: (808) 624-3248

    Study materials can be received from above phone number and website for NCHEC (recommended materials include the framework and study guide)

    Dates, times and fees for the upcoming CHES exams: 

    Applications must be postmarked on or before the deadline dates listed below.

    April 25, 2015
    CHES Exam

    Nonstudent Fee

    *Student Fee

    1st Registration Deadline: 11/1/14 thru 12/1/14



    2nd Registration Deadline: 12/2/14 thru 1/2/15



    3rd Registration Deadline: 1/3/15 thru 2/1/15



    Final (Late) Registration:  2/2/15 thru 3/1/15



    October 17, 2015 CHES Exam

    Nonstudent Fee

    *Student Fee

    1st Registration Deadline:    5/1/15 thru 6/1/15



    2nd Registration Deadline: 6/2/15 thru 7/1/15



    3rd Registration Deadline: 7/2/15 thru 8/1/15



    Final (Late) Registration:  8/2/15 thru 9/1/15



    Fees posted include a $100 nonrefundable processing fee for those who do not meet the eligibility requirements.

    *Student fee is used if you are a currently taking or enrolled in  9 or more semester credits (12 or more quarter hours) at the time you apply for the exam. (Graduate or Undergraduate)

    For more information check out the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing



    What is the difference between MS and MPH

    Accreditation: The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. 

    Admission: The MS program admits students on a rolling basis.  This means MS students can begin in the fall or spring semester. The MPH program requires all candidates to begin in the fall. 

    Course Flexibility: The MPH program has 35 required credits and 5-7 elective credits.  Candidates in the MS program are encouraged to tailor their coursework to their particular interested.  In the MS program, 21 of the 43 credits are required, leaving more flexibility for students to chose their classes.

    Capstone Project: The MPH program gives candidates the option of a thesis or a graduate project.  The MS is a non-thesis degree in which students complete a four-credit graduate project in Health Education. 

    Practicum Experience: Both the MPH and the MS program require an 8 credit practicum experience.