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Colorado Society for Public Health Education (COSOPHE)

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Certifications for Health Education and Public Health Professionals

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

CHES are those who have met the standards of competence established by The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. (NCHEC) and have successfully passed the CHES exam.  The CHES designation is an indication of competency and commitment to the health education, health promotion and public health fields. Certified Health Education Specialists are dedicated to continuous professional development. SOPHE is a NCHEC-designated provider to offer continuing education contact hours (CECH) for continuing education events and activities.

COSOPHE provides many opportunities throughout the year for members to receive continuing education contact hours for the CHES and MCHES certifications. Check the webinar and events page for more information!

Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)

MCHES are those that have met the academic eligibility in health education and regularly apply the Seven Areas of Responsibility in the field. A MCHES is an advanced-level practitioner that has:

  1. Met required academic qualifications, worked in the field for a minimum of five years
  2. Successfully passed a competency-based examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  3. Satisfies the continuing education requirement to maintain the national credential


Become a Certified Health Education Specialist or a Master Certified Health Education Specialist

Study guides are available for purchase at www.nchec.org

Click here to learn more about the Exam Schedule and Fees.

Click here to learn more about the CHES and MCHES credentials.



Our mission statement:

COSOPHE is committed to excellence in health education by providing leadership to the profession, advancing health education, advocating for public health policies and providing programs to increase member knowledge & skills.

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