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UF Health Education and Behavior Graduates Excel on National Exam

UF Health Education and Behavior Graduates Excel on National Exam

August 5, 2021

Graduates in the Department of Health Education & Behavior who sat for the 2020 Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Exam have exceeded the national passage rate, scoring nearly 24 percent higher than the national average.

The CHES Exam is a competency-based measure allowing for a national standard that measures skills and knowledge, promotes continued professional development and assists employers with identifying qualified health education practitioners. 

The program through the Department of Health Education & Behavior (HEB) is the only program at UF that prepares students for the CHES certification, said Holly T. Moses, Ph.D., instructional assistant professor and online MS degree program coordinator.

The pass rate for HEB graduates in 2020 was more than 92 percent.

“We’re proud of all of our graduates and grateful to our faculty,” said Amy R. Mobley, Ph.D., associate professor and graduate program coordinator. “Having so many of our graduates successfully achieve this certification is an indicator of the quality of education our students receive.”

Graduates who complete their CHES certification go on to work in numerous health education settings including community and nonprofit health settings; government health agencies; schools, colleges and universities; clinical health organizations; and businesses and worksites. 

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