The Certificate in Health Promotion and Health Education (HPHE) is a one-year comprehensive program that encompasses health promotion, health education, nutrition and community health, and environmental health and is designed for individuals interested in pursuing certification in health promotion and education.* A certified health educator specialist is a competent professional committed to continued development in the field of health education and health promotion. These individuals design, conduct and evaluate activities in a variety of settings to improve the health of all people. Certified health educators may pursue employment as patient educators, health education teachers, health coaches, community organizers, public health educators, and health program managers. Individuals who successfully complete the Allied Health Graduate Certificate in HPHE are eligible to take the Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) examination administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. (NCHEC).
Requirements. The student develops a plan of study with the assistance and approval of the Allied Health Graduate Certificate Program Coordinator. Core competency course work completed at another institution or in another department within the University of Connecticut may apply toward a student’s Graduate Certificate in HPHE plan of study with the approval of Allied Health Certificate Program Coordinator. However, a minimum of 12 credits in health promotion and health education must be completed within the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in HPHE requires enrollment in each course for a letter grade, a “B” or better in the required courses, and an overall earned grade point average in the Graduate Certificate Program in HPHE of 3.0 or higher.
* This program is not accepting new applicants at this time.
This certificate is offered by the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources.