TITLE

A RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW OF THOSE WHO HOLD THE CERTIFIED HEALTH EDUCATION SPECIALIST (CHES) CREDENTIAL

AUTHOR(S)
McKenzie, James F.; Seabert, Denise M.
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2009, Vol. 24 Issue 2, p276
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Published data describing those who hold the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) credential has been limited. This study was designed as a retrospective review of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing's database that contains information about those who hold the CHES credential. Approximately 15,000 have earned the CHES credential since its inception in 1989. As of April 1, 2008, 7,566 individuals held a current CHES credential. It was found that the database is absent much data for those certified between 1989 and 2003 and thus no profile could be created with exception of where they live. The greatest numbers of CHES were found in the South Atlantic (n=1,858) and Pacific (n=1,153) regions of the United States, with the state of California (n=873) having the most and North Dakota (n=8) having the fewest. However, of those individuals certified between 2004 and 2007, it was observed that 71% were females, 49% were Caucasian, and the mean age was 32.52 years, while the oldest reported age was 83 and the youngest was 21. The titles of the academic majors completed by those holding the CHES credential was varied with almost 3 in 10 having a major with the words "health education" in the title. In addition, it was found that individuals became qualified to take the CHES examination at almost 300 different institutions.
ACCESSION #
58603146

 

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