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NCHEC and SOPHE Publish A Competency Based Framework for Health Education Specialists – 2015

A Competency Based Framework for Health Education Specialists – 2015, released by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc., (NCHEC) and the Society for Public Health Education, Inc. (SOPHE) contains the results of an 18-month research study to update, refine and validate the model of health education and health promotion practice.

The new publication, A Competency Based Framework for Health Education Specialists – 2015, includes the latest Responsibilities, Competencies, and Sub-competencies that are essential to contemporary health education/promotion practice. The book contains descriptions of the processes, outcomes, and related materials of the psychometric study of the Health Education Specialists Practice Analysis (HESPA) project. The HESPA model is designed for use by those in the health education/promotion profession as a framework for professional preparation, credentialing, and professional development.

“After countless volunteer hours and expertise, we are pleased to release the newest framework publication to the profession,” said Ms. Linda Lysoby, NCHEC Executive Director. “This resource will assist professional preparation programs to align university curricula with the verified Competences and Sub-competences and employers with professional development.”

The publication is an essential resource for health education students, college and university faculty, health education practitioners and employers, professional development providers, leaders of professional credentialing and program accreditation, and policy makers and funding agencies.

The publication can be purchased through the NCHEC Website at