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CHES and MCHES Course

This course provides a detailed review of the analysis and application of the Seven Areas of Responsibilities and Competencies. Focus is on helping you increase your knowledge of the concepts and successfully pass the CHES or MCHES examination.

The program is designed to review the health educator responsibilities, competencies, and sub-competencies (with examples), and also provide an overview of the national certification examination. It is not intended to be "solely" a test preparation experience.

July 11-August 2, 2014
Non-credit Option: $395
Credit Option: $Tuition (2 credits)
September 12-October 4, 2014
Non-credit Option: $395
Credit Option: $Tuition (2 credits)

CHES Overview

The Certified Health Education Specialist (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. The exam reflects the entry-level Sub-competencies of these Areas of Responsibility. Consisting of 165 multiple-choice questions (150 scored and 15 pilot tested), the CHES examination is offered in paper-and-pencil format at UW-La Crosse and other college campuses throughout the United States.

A CHES is an individual that has:

  1. Met required academic preparation qualifications
  2. Successfully passed a competency-based examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  3. Satisfies the continuing education requirement to maintain the national credential

The CHES exam is offered twice a year, in April and October. Before you register, check out the eligibility requirements. In order to take the exam, you must have a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, and either an official transcript showing a major in health education or an official transcript indicating at least 25 semester hours or 37 quarter hours of course work in health education. These requirements ensure that the CHES exam is administered only to those who are capable of obtaining a job in health education or advocacy.

MCHES Overview

The Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) exam is based on the scientific approach to measure the existing health education advanced-level Sub-competencies related to the Seven Areas of Responsibilities. The exam is offered in conjunction with the CHES examination in April and October and consists of 165 multiple choice questions (150 scored, 15 pilot tested) some of which are scenario based, and is administered in paper-and pencil format at UW-La Crosse and other college campuses throughout the United States.

A MCHES is an advanced-level practitioner that has:

  1. Met required academic qualifications, worked in the field for a minimum of five years
  2. Successfully passed a competency-based assessment administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  3. Satisfies the continuing education requirement to maintain the national credential

To qualify for the exam you must meet both academic and experience requirements:

  • For CHES: A minimum of the past five (5) continuous years in active status as a Certified Health Education Specialist.
  • For Non-CHES or CHES with fewer than five years active status AND five years experience:
  • A Master’s degree or higher in Health Education, Public Health Education, School Health Education, Community Health Education, etc., OR a Master’s degree or higher with an academic transcript reflecting at least 25 semester hours (37 quarter hours) of course work in which the Seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Educators were addressed.
  • Five (5) years of documented experience as a health education specialist.

Instructor

Dr. Gary Gilmore, MPH, Ph.D., MCHESDr. Gary D. Gilmore, MPH, Ph.D., MCHES is a public health epidemiologist and public health educator who developed this experience to serve as a practical, meaningful learning experience for emerging health educators and health promotion specialists who want to become more fully aware of, and connected to, the health education 7 Areas of Responsibility and the health education competencies.  Additionally, the experience is designed to assist individuals in preparing for the CHES and MCHES examination (a thoughtful, meaningful review with examples, not a "crash course").  Dr. Gilmore has been a part of the national health education credentialing process since its inception beginning with the seminal Bethesda, Maryland conference in 1978, the meeting in which the profession decided to go forth with a national certification process.  He has served on the Board of Commissioners, and as Vice Chair, of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing; he was a member of the National Graduate Competencies Implementation Committee; he chaired the National Competencies Update Project during its eight years of existence, which verified the health education competencies and sub-competencies and resulted in the formulation of the hierarchical model that guides the distinct levels of health education competencies and sub-competencies today. During a portion of his Fulbright Scholar experience at the All-India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health in Calcutta (Kolkata), India during 1999-2000, he was involved teaching public health and medical professionals about the value of incorporating the health education competencies into community-based public health programs throughout West Bengal and beyond.  He has served in his Joint Appointment role (in directing the Graduate Community Health/Public Health Programs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and serving as Community Health Program Director in Continuing Education and Extension at that same institution) for 40 years. In addition to teaching in the nationally-accredited community health education and health promotion undergraduate and graduate programs, he also oversees the institution's role as a Multiple Event Provider (MEP) for Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECHs) as authorized by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.