New York Medical College

School of Health Sciences and Practice

Graduate Certificate In Health Education


Department Chair:

Barbara L. Greenberg, PhD

Director of Health Education Certificate Program:

Chia-Ching Chen, EdD, CHES

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Some Degrees and Certificates may be available onlineThe Health Education graduate certificate is offered in a fully online distance education format.


This 27-credit graduate certificate is designed as a focused learning experience for students interested in health education. Certificate courses facilitate their understanding of the basics of health education in public health, prepare them to undertake research, and expose them to a more-in-depth understanding of health education program planning, implementation, evaluation, and the various social and behavioral factors that influence health. The certificate may be taken independently or as part of an MPH in Behavioral Sciences and Health Promotion.

Students who complete the Certificate in Health Education are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) examination offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. The CHES examination is a competency-based tool used to measure possession, application and interpretation of knowledge in the Areas of Responsibility for health educators delineated by A Competency-Based Framework for Health Educators 2006.

The seven areas of responsibility of health educators are:

  1. Assess individual and community needs for health education.
  2. Plan effective health education strategies, interventions, and programs.
  3. Implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs.
  4. Conduct evaluation and research related to health education.
  5. Administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs.
  6. Serve as a health education resource person.
  7. Communicate and advocate for health and health education.


Page updated: October 30, 2014