NJSOPHE began the Academic Advisory Board back in 2010-2011. The advisory board is made up of representatives from colleges/universities from across the state with public health, health education and community health majors and minors. Members of the advisory group requested assistance preparing students for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. In an effort to increase the number of CHES certified professionals in NJ, NJSOPHE took on the task of creating a resource for students who are preparing for the CHES exam.
NJSOPHE formed a committee to discuss developing an in-person course. Over time, members felt that an on-line course might be a better option and a partnership with Rutgers University’s School of Public Health began the venture to creating on-line learning modules for each Area of Responsibility. However, with no funding, this project was stalled. After talking with faculty from New Jersey City University (NJCU) about their student-developed and run “CHES Prep Bootcamp”, a great partnership was created. The result is a collaborative effort from NJCU students and faculty, Rutgers University’s School of Public Health-Office of Public Health Practice and NJSOPHE. Read below for the history of this innovative, student-led initiative!
In 2014, New Jersey City University students began developing and offering a workshop to help their fellow students prepare for the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam. This workshop originated from members of the Health Science Student Organization who realized that they did not all have the means to take formal preparation CHES workshops or classes. Simultaneously, they figured that if you could teach the material to one another, than you KNOW the material! This peer-to-peer teaching concept was hence born and NJCU Public Health Education graduates experienced a vast jump in the number of students sitting for and passing the CHES exam.
Due to its growing success, the sessions have since been provided four times to an estimated 100 attendees consisting of students and non-students alike. We’re happy to share this workshop with other budding Health Education students and professionals to either assist them with studying for the CHES or to provide the structure to start their own CHES student-run workshop!
Happy CHES Workshopping!
Dr. Erin O’Neill, MCHES & Dr. Lilliam Rosado, CHES
New Jersey City University, Health Sciences Department
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