CHES or MCHES Exams Available

Take the CHES or MCHES exam at the

66th Annual Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Conference in Portland, OR

The certification examinations will be administered on

Saturday April 25, 2015

8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. PST

Hilton Portland and Executive Tower (downtown)

Applicants must register for the CHES/MCHES exams

through the National Commission For Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC)

Visit to apply online

Registration Deadlines/Application Fees:


Nov 1 – Dec 1, 2015 = $240/$210*

Dec 2 – Jan 2, 2015 = $250/$210*

Jan 3 – Feb 1, 2015 = $280/$210*

FINAL (Late) DEADLINE – March 1, 2015 = $330/$265*

*student fee (enrolled min 9 semester credits)


Nov 1 – Dec 1, 2015 = $300/$250*

Dec 2 – Jan 2, 2015 = $310/$260*

Jan 3- Feb 1, 2015 = $340/$290*

FINAL (Late) DEADLINE – March 1, 2015 = $390/$340*

*active CHES feeCHES Exam Eligibility

Eligibility to take the CHES examination is based exclusively on academic qualifications. An individual is eligible to take the examination if he/she has:

A bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher education; AND one of the following:

 An official transcript (including course titles) that clearly shows a major in health education, e.g., Health Education, Community Health Education, Public Health Education, School Health Education, etc. Degree/major must explicitly be in a discipline of “Health Education.” OR

An official transcript that reflects at least 25 semester hours or 37 quarter hours of course work (with a grade “c” or better) with specific preparation addressing the Seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Education Specialist

90-Day Option

This option is offered to students who will be graduating within 90 days of the CHES exam. The student must submit an official transcript showing a minimum of 25 semester hours relating to the seven areas of responsibility and written verification from an advisor confirming completion of all degree requirements within 90 days of the examination.

MCHES Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility to take the MCHES examination is based on academic and experience qualifications.


For CHES: A minimum of the past five (5) continuous years in active status as a Certified Health Education Specialist. (No additional documentation is needed)

For Non-CHES or CHES with fewer than five years active status AND five years experience:

A master’s degree or higher in Health Education, Public Health Education, School Health Education, Community Health Education, etc., OR

A master’s degree or higher with an academic transcript reflecting at least 25 semester hours (37 quarter hours) of course work in which the Seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Education Specialists were addressed.


Five (5) years of documented experience as a health education specialist:

To substantiate experience in the health education field, applicants must submit:

 Two verification forms from a current or past manager/supervisor, and/or a leader in a health education professional organization

ETA SIGMA GAMMA collaborates with SOPHE

To better serve our health education profession and the many members of the ETA SIGMA GAMMA Honorary, President Dr. Jodi Brookins-Fisher and the members of the Eta Sigma Gamma Board of Directors are pleased to announce a two year partnership with the Society for Public Health Education. This partnership will support and promote ESG’s mission, as well as give our membership a more cohesive opportunity to work with our premier, professional health education organization. ESG will still have a professional presence at the American School Health Association. Please look for more information about our annual meetings and awards presentations at the SOPHE conference in Portland, Oregon in 2015.  National Office at

ESG Advocacy Priorities Survey

You have input into what issues/topics/health concerns that ESG brings to the national conversation! Please complete and return the ESG Advocacy Priorities Survey when you receive it by email this fall – LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

2013 Election Results

Congratulations to the recently elected board members: Vice President: Kelly Wilson, Professional at Large: Holly Moses and Student at Large: Alexis Blavos.

Dr. Robert Synovitz Memorial Fund

The American School Health Association mourns the loss of one its most distinguished members, Dr. Robert Synovitz. Dr. Synovitz served as president of ASHA from 1981-82 and received the Distinguished Service Award in 1979. The family has established the Dr. Robert Synovitz Memorial fund in his name to benefit the ASHA Student Scholarship Fund.

Bob earned his Master’s Degree (1956) in Physical Education and his Doctorate (1959) in Health and Safety at Indiana University (IU). After obtaining his doctorate, he landed at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where he was a co-founder of Eta Sigma Gamma, the National Health Professional Honorary Society for health education students and faculty. He went on serve as Chair of the Department of Health Sciences at Western Illinois University (WIU) in Macomb, Illinois where he expanded and developed the department to a level matching successful Departments of Health Sciences and Health Education nationwide. After retiring from WIU, Dr. Synovitz worked at the ASHA national office in Kent, OH where he managed a large drug education grant and served as a conference planner.