Responsibilities & Competencies

Roles and Responsibilities of Health Education Specialists Updated!Health Educator Job Analysis 2010

SOPHE and its partners published the findings of the Health Educator Job Analysis 2010 (HEJA-2010).  The study results have implications for professional preparation, credentialing, and professional development of all health education specialists.  Among other purposes, HEJA-2010 was undertaken to validate the contemporary practice of entry- and advanced-level health education specialists and to report on changes in health education practice since 2006.  To read more, CLICK HERE.

The Seven Areas of Responsibility contain 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 serve as the basis of the CHES exam beginning in April 2011 and the MCHES exam in October 2011*.

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AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY I: Assess Individual and Community Needs for Health Education
COMPETENCY 1.1. Plan Assessment Process
COMPETENCY 1.2: Access Existing Information and Data Related to Health
COMPETENCY 1.4: Examine Relationships Among Behavioral, Environmental and Genetic Factors That Enhance or Compromise Health
COMPETENCY 1.5: Examine Factors That Influence the Learning Process
COMPETENCY 1.6: Examine Factors That Enhance or Compromise the Process of Health Education
COMPETENCY 1.7: Infer Needs for Health Education Based on Assessment Findings
COMPETENCY 2.1: Involve Priority Populations and Other Stakeholders in the Planning Process
COMPETENCY 2.2: Develop Goals and Objectives
COMPETENCY 2.3: Select or Design Strategies and Interventions
COMPETENCY 2.4: Develop a Scope and Sequence for the Delivery of Health Education
AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY III: Implement Health Education
COMPETENCY 3.1: Implement a Plan of Action
COMPETENCY 3.2: Monitor Implementation of Health Education
COMPETENCY 3.3: Train Individuals Involved in Implementation of Health Education
AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY IV: Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education
COMPETENCY 4.1: Develop Evaluation/Research Plan
COMPETENCY 4.2: Design Instruments to Collect
COMPETENCY 4.3: Collect and Analyze Evaluation/Research Data
COMPETENCY 4.4: Interpret Results of the Evaluation/Research
COMPETENCY 4.5: Apply Findings From Evaluation/Research
AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY V: Administer and Manage Health Education
COMPETENCY 5.1: Manage Fiscal Resources*
COMPTENCY 5.2: Obtain Acceptance and Support for Programs
COMPTENCY 5.3: Demonstrate Leadership
COMPETENCY 5.4: Manage Human Resources
AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY VI: Serve as a Health Education Resource Person
COMPETENCY 6.1: Obtain and Disseminate Health-Related Information
COMPETENCY 6.2: Provide Training
COMPETENCY 6.3: Serve as a Health Education Consultant
AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY VII: Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education
COMPETENCY 7.1: Assess and Prioritize Health Information and Advocacy Needs
COMPETENCY 7.2: Identify and Develop a Variety of Communication Strategies, Methods, and Techniques
COMPETENCY 7.3: Deliver Messages Using a Variety of Strategies, Methods and Techniques
COMPETENCY 7.4: Engage in Health Education Advocacy
COMPETENCY 7.5: Influence Policy to Promote Health
COMPETENCY 7.6: Promote the Health Education Profession

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), American Association for Health Education (AAHE). (2010a). A competency-based framework for health education specialists - 2010. Whitehall, PA: Author.