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The Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree at Charleston Southern University prepares all graduates to sit for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam offered through the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). The CHES exam is a nationally recognized certification that:

  • Validates the knowledge and skills of the individual Health Education Specialist
  • Assists employers in identifying quality, prepared Health Education Specialists
  • Promotes continuing education, professional development and field currency for Health Education Specialists

What is a CHES?

As defined by the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC), health education specialists are professionals who design, conduct and evaluate activities that help improve the health of all people. Specialists work in schools, community organizations, health care facilities, businesses, universities, and government agencies. The CHES exam is a voluntary examination; however, all graduates of the Public Health program at CSU are strongly encouraged to obtain national certification and our curriculum prepares graduates to successfully obtain the credential.

Our field’s key areas of professional responsibility include:

  • 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

Learn more about the National Commission of Health Education Credentialing and becoming a Certified Health Education Specialist.