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Continuing Education Online Self-Study Courses - CHES/MCHES Category I CECHs and CCs

Twenty (20) high quality and reasonably priced continuing education self-study courses are available for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES®) and Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES®). Health Education Partners is an approved provider by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC, #100538). Courses cover gun violence prevention, Healthy People, Leading Health Indicators, National Prevention Strategy, social marketing and health marketing, health reform, ACA, physical activity and health reform legislation.


Features: Study Guide and study materials available online, low cost, easy, convenient, no deadlines, start and study when you want to study, objectives match CHES/MCHES competencies. Additionally, five dollars of your fee for the six Healthy People 2020 companion courses supports the Community Tool Box. Healthy People 2020 uses many of its resources for MAP-IT. The $5 supports CTB’s research and development and the long-term sustainability of this free global resource. --- Before signing up and paying you can download and review the Study Guide (syllabus) with course objectives and links to reading/study assignments to determine if the course will meet your needs and interests.

The Evidence-Based Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (2nd Edition) - (13.0 CECHs, incluPhysical Activity Guidelines for Americans titledes 6.0 for MCHES/advanced hours, 13.0 continuing competency credits, $32.50). This course focuses on CHES®/MCHES® competencies related to principles of evidence-based practice. Learn the process used by the Secretary's Advisory Committee to find the evidence for health professionals to promote regular physical and reduce sedentary behaviors, and guidelines for age groups, population groups and health conditions.

Exercise, Aging and Older Adults: U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines for Move Your Way - Older AdultsAmeicans (2nd edition) - (8.5 CECHs, includes 3.5 for MCHES/advanced hours, $32.50). Learn about assessing data on health and older adult physical activity, analyzing relationships among sedentary and physical activity behaviors, determining needs for health education/promotion, and synthesizing findings from systematic reviews, develop materials and resources to implement physical activity to reduce falls and frailty; and improve physical function, brain health, cognition; serve as a health education/promotion resource person.

Developing Healthy People 2030 - Part 1 (8.0 CECH hours, includes 6.0 MCHES/advanced hours, $32.50). Learn how the 2030 national health goals are developed. This course covers meetings' goals, Secretary's Advisory Committee work and discussions, review of Healthy People 2020 outcomes, planning for measurable objectives, engaging stakeholders, evidence-based interventions, and resources.

Advocate for Health: Build on the Progress of the Affordable Care Act (10.0 CECH hours, includes 8.0 MCHES/advance hours, $32.50). Learn about the history of health care legislation, recent GOP repeal and replace proposals, supporters and opposers to ACA and GOP plans, recommendations and advocacy techniques. Practice applying critical and strategic thinking to project the impact of laws and policies, and influence decision-makers.

Prevent Gun Violence: Use the Public Health Approach & Evidence-Based Strategies (14.0 CECH hours, includes 6.0 MCHES/advanced, $35). Learn about the strategies implemented, how to determine and find evidence-based strategies to implement, Supreme Court decisions on permissible gun laws, and allies and opponents.

Leading Health Indicators (8.0 CECH/hours, includes 4.0 advanced, $30) Covers the smaller set of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions to address them.

The Surgeon General Prevention Strategy, Priorities and Reports (8 CECH/hours, 2 advanced, $30) The health care reform laws estalished an unprecedented opportunity to shift the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on wellness and prevention with public and private partnerships and evidence-based actions. The priorities and reports of achievements of the Surgeon General's office are presented.

Implement Healthy People 2020 (10.5 CECH/hours, 7 advanced, $30, comprehensively covers the recently launched Healthy People 2020 materials to understand, implement and marketing Healthy People 2020

Six companion courses to the Implement Healthy People 2020 course ($5 of each course fee goes to the Community Tool Box)

Additional Healthy People related courses

Health Reform II: the Final Bills Signed into Law (7.0 CECH/hours, 3 advanced hours, $25)

Social Marketing: Health Promotion Planning Using the Social Marketing Approach  (10.5 CECH, includes 4.5 advanced hours, $30)

The New Government Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (6.0 CECH/hours, 3 advanced hours, $25)

Social Marketing Overview (2.0 CECH/hours, 1 advanced hour, $10)

Health Marketing: Commercial Marketing Strategies to Improve Health (5.0 CECH/hours, 2.5 advanced, $25)

Become a Very Good Health Education Resource Person on Health Reform (covers history of health reform and bills leading up to the final passed bills) (5.0 CECH/hours, 2.5 advanced, $19.99)


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NCHEC Participant Course Evaluation Summary (PDF, from social marketing self-study course)

Overall Quality of Course: 4.4 to 4.8 (1 = Very Poor, 5 = Excellent)

Continuing Education Self-study Courses with +/- 0.5 hours of reading assignments per total course units often with and audio files (mp3). Hours were determined using average reading speeds of 250 words per minute. Take TF, multiple choice and short answer post-tests and pass with score of ≥70%.