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Welcome to the CHES / MCHES Exam Study Tips App and Think Like a Health Educator E-course
A master certified health education specialist also known as MCHES teaches behaviors that promote wellness. They develop and implement strategies to improve the health of individuals and communities.
Health education specialists offer knowledge, skills and training that complements the work of others — health care providers, policy makers, and human resource personnel. – source: SOPHE.org
The CHES Exam Study Tips Android and Apple apps are FREE to download.
Yes, anyone with access to an Android or Apple phone can use the app.
The purpose of the CHES Exam Study Tips app is to equip aspiring Certified Health Education Specialists aka CHES with access to free to cost resources to prepare well for the exam.
I took the CHES exam in October of 2004 and failed the exam by three measly points. Seven years later, I decided to take the exam again and the second-time I passed it. The app and e-course is a result of me not wanting others to go through what I went through. The app provides an overview of key terms as well as practice exam questions. The e-course is a 15 week program providing accountability, guided mentorship by a CHES trained mentor and 15 homework assignments designed to build self confidence in the mastery of the 7 areas of responsibility.
– Visit the nchec.org website and become familiar with the ins and outs of the exam by reading the handbook
– Download the CHES Exam Study Tips app by URA Resource Center for Android and Apple users.
– Email email@example.com to request the MCHES Exam Study Tips sheet and work towards defining the terminology then use it in a sentence aloud and on paper for best application and understanding.
– Find a MCHES certified mentor to guide you with real-world examples to assist with putting the book smarts, theory and models to the test.
– Purchase the latest of the Competency Based Framework for Health Education Specialists from the NCHEC.org website and be sure to align your internship, job duties and service learning opportunities with entry level competencies of the areas of responsibility for MCHES. Utilize the practice test exam questions in the back of the companion guide to begin speed testing to ensure mastery of key terminology and reduced overthinking.
– Realize over 50% of the exam questions will assess the mastery of the areas of responsibility 4,6 and 7: Evaluation / Research (Area 4), Communication (Area 6) and Leadership / Management (Area 7)
– For at least 3 months, prioritize and schedule at least 15 to 30 minutes of daily time for review of companion guide, defining/sentencing key terminology and taking/scoring practice exam.
Currently, the national CHES exam pass rate is 68% and the 15-week e-course program pass rate is 83%. Participants who register for the e-course and do not pass the CHES exam report issues with test anxiety and time management. Recently, the October 2019 program participants who completed the Think Like A Health Educator e-course (n=5) all PASSED the CHES Exam.
I highly recommend the following resources:
– Review the latest and greatest Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) II Competencies and Sub-competencies for the 7/8 Areas of Responsibility
– Purchase the latest edition of the Competency Based Framework for Health Education Specialists from the NCHEC.org website in order to master the terminology as well as the latest practice exam questions.
Yes, most aspiring certified health education specialists get caught up on overthinking the question and response choices. There are always two out of the four response choices that look to be the best answer.
Speed testing builds confidence, reduces test anxiety associated with selecting best answer choices right away and also ensures you understand the key terminology based on the question itself and response choices while showing mastery in easily recalling the most appropriate area of responsibility and job setting for application purposes.
I highly encourage students, recent graduates and professionals to spend at least 3 months preparing for the exam by studying at least 15 minutes per day weekly.
Time should be focused on reviewing the key terminology, defining the term and using it in a sentence to demonstrate mastery.
Yes, the MCHES Exam content will be focused on 8 Areas of Responsibility.
The Eight Areas of Responsibility contain a comprehensive set of Competencies and Sub-competencies defining the role of the health education specialist. These Responsibilities were verified by the 2020 Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis II (HESPA II 2020) project and serve as the basis of the CHES® and MCHES® exam beginning 2022.
Area I: Assessment of Needs and Capacity
Area II: Planning
Area III: Implementation
Area IV: Evaluation and Research
Area V: Advocacy
Area VI: Communication
Area VII: Leadership and Management
Area VIII: Ethics and Professionalism
Fifty percent (~50%) of the MCHES exam is over Areas of Responsibility 4, 6 and 7.
U.R.A. Resource Center, LLC, a public health consulting firm headquartered in Conway, Arkansas – established in January of 2017. The firm specializes in creative/technical writing, public speaking, and research/data analysis product and service offerings.
The mission of the practice is to Utilize Research for Access in improving the health status and quality of life of all mankind. There are nine core programs provided by the URA Resource Center, LLC founder, interns, mentees and team.