Health Education Specialist (Certificate)

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You can pair this certificate with any ASU major to enhance your career options upon graduation, and you may complete it as a standalone post-baccalaureate or post-graduate program. The HES enables graduates to qualify for a globally-recognized credential and be part of an exciting and growing field.

Students in the health education specialist certificate program gain foundational knowledge in public health education and health promotion and in certified health education specialist competencies. This qualifies graduates to sit for the CHES exam, offered by the National Council on Health Education Credentialing.

The CHES is recognized nationally and globally as a valuable, respected and desirable credential in a variety of fields. Health professionals with a broad range of specializations, from nutrition to kinesiology, have found the CHES to be an excellent complement to their disciplinary knowledge because it emphasizes effective methods for educating individuals and communities on ways to improve health behaviors and outcomes. Earning the CHES showcases competency-based skills and provides professionals a competitive edge, as more employers prefer certified applicants.

More information about the CHES is available here:

The health education specialist certificate program provides graduates a pathway to becoming a certified health education specialist.

At A Glance

Health Education Specialist (Certificate)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

Required courses -- 25 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.
Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" (2.00) in all courses in the certificate. In order to receive the certificate, students must complete their bachelor's degree at ASU along with all certificate requirements.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.00

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

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