Areas of Responsibilities, Competencies, and Sub-competencies for Health Education Specialists

The Seven Areas of Responsibility contain a comprehensive set of competencies and cub-competencies defining the role of the health education specialist.

Area of Responsibility I: Assess Needs, Assets and Capacity for Health Education

Competency 1.1. Plan Assessment Process
Competency 1.2: Access Existing Information and Data Related to Health
Competency 1.3: Collect Quantitative and/or Qualitative 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

Area of Responsibility II: Plan Health Education

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
Competency 2.5: Address Factors That Affect Implementation

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*
Competency 5.2: Obtain Acceptance and Support for Programs
Competency 5.3: Demonstrate Leadership
Competency 5.4: Manage Human Resources
Competency 5.5: Facilitate Partnerships in Support of Health Education

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.

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