MPH-CHE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the cost of the program?

  Wisconsin Minnesota* MSEP** Non-resident
Tuition $7,035 $7,366 $10,116 $17,645

* Minnesota residents must file for reciprocity to qualify for these fees under the Minnesota/Wisconsin reciprocity agreement. Reciprocity forms are available online at: Contact the Minnesota Higher Education Services Office at (800) 657-3866 with questions.

** For more information on the Midwest Student Exchange Program, go to:

What is CHES?

CHES stands for Certified Health Education Specialist. It is earned through the successful completion of a national examination process that evaluates knowledge of the responsibilities and related competencies defined by A Competency-Based Framework for Health Educators – 2006.

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 fee depends upon how early application is made and whether or not one is a student at the time of application.

  U.S. Postmarked on or before    
April Exam October Exam Non-Student Fee Student Fee
December 1 June 1 $215.00 $190.00
January 2 July 1 $225.00 $190.00
February 1 August 1 $250.00 $190.00
March 1 September 1 $300.00 $240.00

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

Or visit NCHEC on the web at

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