251341 Beyond the degree and certification: The professional development of the public health education specialist

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 11:30 AM

Audrey Shively, MSHSE, MCHES , AESolutions Health Ed. Consulting, Alexandria, VA
Julie Luht, MPH, CHES , Department of Education and Training, Humanitas, Inc, Silver Spring, MD
Achieving a degree and successfully passing a certification exam are achievements in establishing the identity of the public health education professional. The need for education and professional development continues throughout the career of the practicing public health educator/ health education specialist. This presentation explores new Competencies and Sub-competencies outlined in the Health Educator Job Analysis 2010 to illuminate new continuing education opportunities for practicing health education specialists. The ongoing certification requirements for continuing education/ professional development of individuals who have achieved the CHES and the MCHES will be outlined

Learning Areas:
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the new Competencies and Sub-competencies outlined in the Health Educator Job Analysis 2010 that create continuing education and professional development opportunities for practicing health education specialists. 2. Discuss the similarities and differences in the requirements for maintaining the CHES and MCHES certifications. 3. Contrast benefits of various continuing education opportunities (conference presentations, self-studies, on-line courses, webinar)

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: professional development, association management, and community education through her time with the National Osteoporosis Foundation, American Diabetes Association, American Association for Health Education, the Florida Area Health Education Center Network, and with the American Academy of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery where she currently serves as the Senior Manager for Education. Audrey volunteers her time with the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing as a member of the Division Board for Professional Development and the Marketing Committee
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.