For those working in the field of health education and promotion, the question "what does a health education specialist do?" is often heard from friends or colleagues who might not yet have a firm concept of the professional role of the CHES® or MCHES®. Although the term "specialist" signifies a niche or singular role, this is truly not the case. CHES® and MCHES® work in many varying career sectors and carry out a multitude of tasks that require specific knowledge and competency gained through years of academic and professional preparation.
"I'm excited about my current position because I get to do a little bit of everything," says Trisha Zizumbo, MSA, CHES®, of the Oakland County Michigan Health Department. "One day I could be working on healthy eating and getting people to go to farmer's markets, and the next day, there's a Hepatitis A outbreak and I'm right in there. It's a wide-variety field."
Watch the full video about job roles for Certified and Master-Certified Health Education Specialists.