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Community Health Education Candidates Shine in National Certification Examination

February 6, 2014

The result of the national certification for Health Education Specialists is out.  Candidates from WMU’s Community Health Education program distinguished themselves with flying colors.  All the WMU students that took the examination passed.  The pass rate of these candidates compares with the national pass rate of 71.56%.  Their average scores in the seven major areas of responsibilities and competencies in health education exceeded the cohort of national average scores.

The Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination conducted by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) is the gold standard for practicing health educators.  It is conducted twice a year, in April and October.  Candidates for the examination are expected to have completed a degree in health education from an accredited institution of higher education.  

The three health education faculty members of Drs. Amos Aduroja , Robert Bensley, and Marianne Frauenknecht were very pleased with the outcome of the examination.  According to Dr. Bensley the coordinator of the program, "The health education program is fortunate to have students who find passion in improving the lives of others. Their high achievement is a testament to their academic fortitude and commitment."