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.
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
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 served as the basis of the CHES® and exam through 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