Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists
To pursue a profession in the field of health education and promotion, there is more than just credentialing that is required. The core Responsibilities, Competencies, and Sub-competencies provide a comprehensive description of the profession, illustrating the skills necessary to perform the daily tasks as a health education specialist.
In the following documents, you can access the Seven Areas of Responsibility for health education specialists determined by the latest job analysis studies, which go beyond credentials and into the heart of the profession. Including competencies such as planning and evaluation, administration, communication, promotion, and more, the Areas of Responsibility present the required skills and expertise needed for a position in the field of health education and promotion.
Seven Areas of Responsibility were verified by the 2015 Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) project and serve as the basis of both the CHES® and the MCHES® exams. 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, Competencies and Sub-competencies for Health Education Specialists 2015
HESPA II 2020 (Exams to change effective 2021)
Eight Areas of Responsibility
The Eight Areas of Responsibility contain a comprehensive set of Competencies and Sub-competencies defining the role of the health education specialist. These Responsibilities were verified by the 2020 Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis II (HESPA II 2020) project and serve as the basis of the CHES® and MCHES® exam beginning 2022.
Area I: Assessment of Needs and Capacity
Area II: Planning
Area III: Implementation
Area IV: Evaluation and Research
Area V: Advocacy
Area VI: Communication
Area VII: Leadership and Management
Area VIII: Ethics and Professionalism
Areas of Responsibility, Competencies and Sub-competencies for Health Education Specialists 2020