Profession of Public Health Education
Order Description
To prepare for this Assignment:
• Read about the development of responsibilities and competencies of health educators as presented in Chapter 6 of the Cottrell, Girvan, and McKenzie course text, and the “Health Education Credentialing: Health Educator Job Analysis Projects” reading found in this week’s Learning Resources.
• Consider how individual certification and program accreditation relate to quality assurance within a profession.
• Explore the various settings of public health education as presented in Chapter 7 of the Cottrell et al. course text, and consider how the seven areas of responsibility are applied to these settings.

To complete this Assignment, write a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following:

• Summarize how the responsibilities and competencies of health educators have evolved over time and how the Competencies Update Project (CUP) of 2010 has helped to shape current professional standards in the field.

• Describe individual certification opportunities available in the field of public health education. Explain the significance of individual certification and program accreditation in the field of public health education. Include in your explanation potential barriers to obtaining both individual certification and program accreditation.

• Select any public health education setting from Chapter 7 of the Cottrell et al. course text and provide specific examples of how a public health educator working in that setting would fulfill all seven responsibilities.
Your written assignments must follow APA guidelines. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from this week’s Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate.
Required Resources
Readings
• Course Text: Cottrell, R. R., Girvan, J. T., McKenzie, J. F., & Seabert, D. S. (2015). Principles and foundations of health promotion and education (6th ed.). Glenview. IL: Pearson.
o Chapter 1, “A Background for the Profession”
? Review Subsection, “The Levels and Limitations of Prevention” (pp. 18-21)
o Chapter 6, “The Health Education Specialist: Roles, Responsibilities, Certifications, and Advanced Study”
o Chapter 7, “The Settings for Health Education/Promotion”
Course Text: The process of community health education and promotion
o Chapter 3, “Epidemiological Considerations”
? Subsection, “Prevention” (pp. 59–60)
Websites
• National Board of Public Health Examiners. (n.d.).About NBPHE. Retrieved September 7, 2011, fromhttp://www.nbphe.org/aboutthecph.cfm
• National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. (2008). Retrieved from http://www.nchec.org/
• National Commission for Health Education Credentialing. (2010). Health education credentialing: Health educator job analysis projects. Retrieved from http://www.nchec.org/credentialing/competency/
• Public Health Practitioner Certification Board. (n.d.). Retrieved September 7, 2011, from http://www.phpcb.org/
Optional Resources
Readings
• Article: McDermott, R. J. (2008). If health education had “vital signs,” then where would we take its pulse? Health Educator, 40(1), 3–9.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Education Research Complete database.