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Top Ten List of CHESĀ® Candidate-Producing Professional Preparation Programs

NCHEC is pleased to announce the top ten schools with the most candidates for the CHES® examination in 2015 and 2016.  Congratulations to these universities for their dedication to promoting the importance of certification in their professional preparation program. Their commitment to comprehensive curriculum, as well as to the credentialing process, serves to strengthen the profession of health education. 

This list is designed to highlight the positive work of universities which encourage their student to support the credentialing process. If you have the opportunity to interact with students in professional preparation programs, encourage them to take the CHES® exam. We hope to see your school on “the list” soon.


2015 Top Ten Schools with the most students qualifying to take the CHES® examination (alphabetic order)

California State University - Northridge

East Carolina University

Emory University – Rollins School of Public Health

James Madison University

New Jersey City University

Truman State University

University of North Carolina-Greensboro

University of Florida-Gainesville

University of Puerto Rico

University of Utah

University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse

**note: there are 11 universities named in 2015 due to a tie

 

2016 Top Ten Schools with the most students qualifying to take the CHES® examination (alphabetic order)

California State University - Northridge

Liberty University

New Jersey City University

Texas A & M University

Truman State University

University of Florida-Gainesville

University of North Carolina-Greensboro

University of Puerto Rico

Utah Valley University

Walden University


Thank you for contributing to the professional preparation of certified health education specialists!

 

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | 0 comments
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NCHEC Achieves Re-Accreditation from the International Accreditation Service (IAS)

NCHEC Achieves Re-Accreditation from the International Accreditation Service (IAS)

WHITEHALL, Pa. September 1, 2017 — The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) has earned re-accreditation as a Personnel Certification Body by the International Accreditation Service (IAS). NCHEC received initial accreditation from IAS in 2015.  An audit of the non-profit organization’s structure and standards process was conducted in-house on June 14-15, 2017 by IAS, and as a result, re-accreditation was granted.

“The IAS accreditation is what sets NCHEC’s certifications apart from competitors,” said Linda Lysoby, MPH, MCHES®, and Executive Director of NCHEC. “This prestigious recognition demonstrates our firm and ongoing commitment to not only meeting the highest credentialing standards of practice for the health education/promotion profession – but embracing the principles of continuous improvement within our organization.”

Accreditation provides a global benchmark for personnel certification programs to ensure consistent, comparable and reliable operations worldwide. The IAS accreditation program for Personnel Certification Bodies is based on ISO/IEC Standard 17024:2012 Conformity Assessment –– general requirements for bodies operating certification of persons.

“The IAS accreditation is confirmation that NCHEC’s policies and procedures comply with the highest international standards of practice for certifying agencies,” said Kerry Redican, PhD, CHES®, and current Chair of NCHEC Board of Commissioners. “This is a recognition that our organization is very proud to announce to the public and all stakeholders in the field of health education and promotion.”

Established in 1988, NCHEC is the only accredited U.S. certifying agency for the health education/promotion industry. NCHEC is a highly recognized and well respected credentialing organization administering two professional credentialing programs including the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®), designed for entry-level health education specialists, and the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES®), targeted to advanced-level practitioners. In addition to ISO 17024 accreditation, the CHES® and MCHES® programs maintain third-party accreditation from the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). For more information about NCHEC’s certification programs, visit www.nchec.org.

A recognized accreditation body since 1975, IAS is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation. IAS is one of the leading accreditation bodies in the United States and a signatory to several international mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs). In addition to NCHEC, IAS accredits more than 800 organizations. For more information about IAS accreditation program for Personnel Certification Bodies, visit http://www.iasonline.org/.

 

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Founded in 1988, the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the professional practice of Health Education/Promotion by promoting and sustaining a credentialed body of Health Education Specialists.  Therefore the, purpose of NCHEC is to certify health education specialists, promote professional development, strengthen professional preparation and practice, and support and promote the health education/promotion profession. (See www.nchec.org).

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Friday, September 15, 2017 | 0 comments
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The NCHEC Fall 2017 News Bulletin Has Arrived!

Check out some great new articles and read the latest from NCHEC leadership.  Great things are happening in our CHES® and MCHES® Community!

NCHEC News Fall 2017

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, September 4, 2017 | 0 comments
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Qualifications of Health Education Specialists: SOPHE Resolution Released

The critical role of the Health Education Specialist practicing in today's expanding field of Health Education and Promotion has never been more necessary.  NCHEC applauds the efforts of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) in reaching out to employers, policy-makers and the public to increase awareness of the competencies of Health Education Specialists and their value to the practice of promoting individual, family, organizational and community health across many settings and diverse populations.

The resolution highlights the unique skills and capabilities of the Health Education Specialist and recognizes the significance of NCHEC certification in professional practice and the field as a whole. The CHES® and the MCHES® certifications are the only fully accredited programs with the capacity to demonstrate competency as a Health Education Specialist. 

The press release from SOPHE is found below:


SOPHE releases a resolution on Qualifications of Health Education Specialists

Updated resolution provides employer recommendations for all position descriptions with primary health education responsibilities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is committed to educating policy-makers on national and state legislative issues related to the health of society. As health educators, constituents, and community members, your involvement in the policy formation processing is critical.

In a joint collaboration with the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., SOPHE is proud to announce its newly revised and adopted resolution on the Qualifications of Health Education Specialists.

SOPHE recommends to employers that all position descriptions with primary health education responsibilities state preferences for candidates with competence demonstrated through:

  1. Graduation from a Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accredited school or program at the doctoral, masters, or undergraduate levels.
  2. Graduation from an accredited program for teacher education in health education at the masters and baccalaureate levels.
  3. Graduation from formerly SABPAC approved health education program at the baccalaureate level.
  4. Credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) at the entry level or Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) at the advanced-level of health education.

Read the full resolution here.

 

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Contact: Fatema Gharzai | 202.408.9804 | fgharzai@sophe.org

About Society for Public Health Education 

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a nonprofit professional organization founded in 1950 to provide global leadership to the profession of health education and health promotion and to promote the health of society. SOPHE's 4,000 international and chapter members work in various public and private organizations to advance health education theory and research, develop disease prevention and health promotion programs, and promote public policies conducive to health. For more information visit www.sophe.org.

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Thursday, August 24, 2017 | 2 comments
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NCHEC Fall Conference Lineup

Will you be there? 

Mark your calendars for opportunities to earn continuing education contact hours (CECH), attend sessions, and chat with NCHEC staff. For more information on these conferences, visit the organizations’ Web site. And don't forget to visit us when you are there!

Conference Date Location Website
CPEN Conference Canter Patient Education Network Sepember 13-15, 2017 Cleveland, OH www.cancerpatienteducation.org
ASHA Annual Conference American School Health Association October 11-13, 2017 St. Louis, MO www.asha.org/events
SOPHE 19th Annual Advocacy Summit Society for Public Health Education October 21-23, 2017 Washington, D.C. www.sophe.org/advocacy
APHA Annual Conference American Public Health Association November 4-8, 2017 Atlanta, GA www.apha.org/annualmeeting

 

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, August 21, 2017 | 2 comments
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Vote Now: NCHEC Leadership Election 2018

The NCHEC 2018 Board Election is now open - and we want your participation in the course of our future leadership!  

CHES® and MCHES® can cast a ballot by logging into Votenet online.  It's quick and simple to vote, simply log in using the information below:
  • Username:  email associated with CHES®/MCHES® account
  • Password:  CHES®/MCHES® certification number

Information on each candidate on the 2018 election ballot can be found after logging into the Votenet site.  Positions are open for the Board of Commissioners, the Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice, the Division Board for Professional Deveopment, and the Division Board for Certified of Health Education Specialists.

View 2018 ballot here.

 

Posted by Jessica Wessner at Monday, July 31, 2017 | 0 comments
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