Credentialing Excellence in Health Education

Responsibilities & Competencies

Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists


Newly Released HESPA 2015

Seven Areas of Responsibility were again verified by the 2015 Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) project and serve as the basis of the CHES exam beginning in October 2016 and the MCHES exam in April 2016. The HESPA study led to an adjustment to the health education model to include the term “health promotion”. The rationale for the terminology change to “health education/health promotion” was because it adds clarity to the scope of the Health Education Specialist's role both within and external to the profession and would more comprehensively describe the profession.

Seven Areas of Responsibility:

Area I: Assess Needs, Resources and Capacity for Health Education/Promotion
Area II: Plan Health Education/Promotion

Area III: Implement Health Education/Promotion 

Area IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education/Promotion
Area V: Administer and Manage Health Education/Promotion
Area VI: Serve as a Health Education/Promotion Resource Person
Area VII.Communicate, Promote, and Advocate for Health, Health Education/Promotion, and the Profession

Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists 2015


HEJA 2010


The Seven Areas of Responsibility are a comprehensive set of Competencies and Sub-competencies defining the role of the health education specialist. These Responsibilities were verified through the 2010 Health Educator Job Analysis Project and serve as the basis of the CHES exam until April 2016 and the MCHES exam through October 2015. The Sub-competencies shaded are advanced-level only and will not be included in the entry-level, CHES examination. However the entry and advanced-level Sub-competences are included in the MCHES examination.

Seven Areas of Responsibility:

Area I: Assess Needs, Assets and Capacity for Health Education 

Area II: Plan Health Education
Area III: Implement Health Education
Area IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education 

Area V: Administer and Manage Health Education
Area VI: Serve as a Health Education Resource Person
Area VII: Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education

Areas of Responsibility for Health Education Specialists 2010 

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