Health Education

A virtual opportunity to connect, engage, and network. 

Health Education Responsibilities, Competencies, and Certification

September 17–October 10, 2022
HED 471/571: 2 Academic Credits

This online workshop is designed to:

  • Provide an historical context for the development and validation of the health education competencies
  • Review all 8 Areas of Responsibility with selected Competencies and Sub-competencies
  • Introduce the newly-validated Areas of Responsibility that comprise the new hierarchical model.

Those contemplating taking the national examination to become a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) will be able to use this experience as a review opportunity.

UWL students register in WINGS

Credit course enrollment steps for non-UWL students

Step 1: Complete your UW-La Crosse admission application expanding section

Apply for admission to UW-La Crosse:

  1. Go to: Online Admission Application. If you have not completed this application before, you must create a login. If you have completed this application before, but do not remember your login, please contact the UW HELP Line: 1.800.442.6459 for assistance. It will be easier to complete the application if you are logged into your previous account as the website has your information saved. Please note: this username and password are unique to this online application form.
    • Carefully answer initial application questions to ensure appropriate application is submitted:
      • Applying To: UW-La Crosse
      • Choose Your Program:
        • Undergraduate Special – Non Degree
        • Graduate Special – Non Degree
      • Term: Fall 2022
  2. Applicants are required to answer questions about income tax, driver’s license history and years voted in elections in order to ensure their application is complete. These questions may not apply to applicants but are required. Please make sure to review your personal information each time you submit an application for admission.
  3. Please disregard application questions regarding:
    • Payment
    • Course number or course name
    • Essay/Personal Statement on why you want to attend UWL
  4. At the end, click ‘Final Check for Errors’. If no errors are found sign and submit the application. You will receive a confirmation number upon successful submission.
Step 2: Access WINGS, register and tuition bill expanding section

Registering for classes & tuition

  1. Once admitted to UW-La Crosse, you will be issued a nine-digit identification number. The ID number will server as your user name to log into WINGS Student Center. You will also receive a required password to use when you log into WINGS.
  2. You can register for classes (once the registration period has started), view your schedule and tuition bill in  WINGS.
  3. Tuition will be charged to your student WINGS account and you may pay online through WINGS.

Non-credit course option

A non-credit course option may be available based on interest. Please express your interest using the link below.

Request non-credit course 


Gary-Gilmore-photoGary D. Gilmore, M.P.H., Ph.D., MCHES, is a public health epidemiologist and public health educator who developed this workshop to serve as a practical and 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 8 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" in examination preparation only). 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 more uniformity in professional preparation programs and a national certification process. He has served on the Board of Commissioners, and as Vice Chair, of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC); 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 (now, Kolkata), India during 1999–2000, he was involved in 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 Graduate & Extended Learning at that same institution) for 48 years. In addition to teaching in the nationally-accredited community health education and health promotion program, 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.