Credentialing Excellence in Health Education

A Competency Based Framework for Health Education Specialists, 2020

The newly released revised framework is based on the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis II 2020 (HESPA II 2020), a project to update, refine and validate the model of health education practice. The HESPA II 2020 model is designed for use by those in the health education & promotion profession as a framework for professional preparation, credentialing, and professional development. The updated hierarchical model consists of 193 Sub-competencies, organized into 35 Competencies within 8 major Areas of Responsibility. Additionally, the knowledge base needed by health education specialists was organized into 10 conceptual topic areas, and 145 knowledge topics were validated as being used health education specialists. The publication is an essential resource for health education students, college and university faculty, health education practitioners and employers, professional development providers, leaders of professional credentialing and program accreditation, and policy makers and funding agencies. The CHES and MCHES examinations will be revised based on this updated framework, effective 2022.