Secure Your Future as a Health Educator by Becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

Tracking More Than 35 Years of Health Education Competency Research and Practical Applications: The Significance for You Today and in the Future!

Fall 2019: September 20–October 11, 2019

Online* course opportunity: (HED 471/571)

Non-credit or university credit options! 

During the three weeks, each week provides an opportunity to review and gain insights into the following major areas of focus:

  1. Historical and foundational overview of the research and competencies for the health education/health promotion specialist
  2. Focus on clear examples of the application of the competencies in practice settings
  3. Preparation for either the CHES or MCHES examination

Faculty: Gary D. Gilmore, M.P.H., Ph.D., MCHES, Professor and Director, Graduate Community Health/Public Health Programs, UW-La Crosse

Whether you are a graduating health education student or a practicing health education professional, the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) designation after your name is one indication of professional competency and commitment to continued professional development.

*Optional synchronous events will be recorded for those taking the course entirely online.

Benefits of CHES/MCHES Certification

  1. Establishes a national standard.
  2. Attests to the individual's knowledge and skills.
  3. Assists employers in identifying qualified health education practitioners.
  4. Conveys a sense of pride and accomplishment in your profession.
  5. Promotes continued professional development.


  1. Participate in an introduction and overview to the course and the learners in live format and via recording.
  2. Examine the foundational elements of the history, evidence and practical applications for health educator role delineation (to include individual assessment).
  3. Compare the seven Areas of Responsibility in terms of competencies, and selected subcompetencies, along with the roles, settings, examples and resources.
  4. Engage in application modalities with individual and group projects, examination preparation, employment opportunities, and futuring.

Learning objectives

  • Become acclimated to the four goals and session procedures.
  • Review the course responsibilities.
  • Complete the course pre-assessment.
  • Review a historical overview of the role delineation process.
  • Raise questions about the foundational elements in the role delineation process.
  • Review the hierarchical model borne out of empirical research and professional involvement.
  • Explore practical uses of the hierarchical model.
  • Investigate the professional contributions by the Core Knowledge Items.
  • Differentiate the three domains of professional preparation, credentialing and professional development.
  • Examine Area of Responsibility I through VII with its competencies and subcompetencies.
  • Prepare for small group work regarding the practicality of the competencies.
  • Apply the competencies to realistic examples.
  • Recognize the benefits of employing a health educator from an employer's perspective.
  • Review the CHES and MCHES development and formats.
  • Prepare a futuring activity in groups.
  • Engage in the futuring activity.
  • Engage in an individual assessment.
  • Pose questions regarding appropriate next steps.

Contact us

Gary D. Gilmore, M.P.H., Ph.D., MCHES,  

Gary D. Gilmore, M.P.H., Ph.D., MCHES, Professor and Director, Graduate Community Health/Public Health Programs 
Gilmore chaired the national research into the health education responsibilities and competencies called the National Competencies Update Project for eight years.

608.785.6500 or toll-free 866.895.9233 or  

608.785.6513 or toll-free 866.895.9233 or  

Continuing Education and Extension , University of Wisconsin-La Crosse 
1725 State Street, 205 Morris Hall, La Crosse, Wis. 54601 
608.785.6500 or toll-free 866.895.9233 
fax: 608.785.6547