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SPH among top 10 schools for CHES 2005 examination

The department of health promotion and education recently received national confirmation of its success in preparing students to become health educators. The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. has listed LLU School of Public Health among the top 10 schools with the most students/graduates passing the certified health education specialist (CHES) exam for the year 2005.

While nationally in 2005 only 79.53 percent of test-takers passed the exam, 94.44 percent of Loma Linda University test-takers were successful.

The department is very conscientious to teach courses that place emphasis and focus on the areas of responsibilities and competencies for graduate level health educators, says Naomi N. Modeste, DrPH, professor and chair, health promotion and education. She says the department is pleased with this accomplishment.

“We in the department of health promotion and education have dedicated much time and effort to ensure that the classes taught encompass the graduate level responsibilities and competencies for health educators, and we are experiencing exciting results,” Dr. Modeste says.

In addition to health promotion and education students, students from other majors are eligible to sit for the test if they have taken at least 37 units of health education classes.

By Heather Reifsnyder

TODAY news for Thursday, March 9, 2006