Liberty's Bachelor of Science in Public Health program prepares students for careers in health-related professions, wellness, injury prevention, and disease prevention through either the Health Promotion Concentration or the Pre-Clinical Concentration.
The Health Promotion Concentration trains students to serve as health education specialists in the healthcare industry, business, government, and in non-profit organizations. It also trains those seeking graduate studies in clinical fields, public health, and more. Health promotion students qualify and are encouraged to take the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
The Pre-Clinical Concentration prepares students for entrance into medical, dental, physician assistant, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition or other allied health graduate programs. Pre-Clinical students also qualify to take the national Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) exam.
A Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) is a professional who has successfully passed the credentialing exam administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC). Students majoring in public health are eligible to take the CHES exam, which tests students' knowledge of the Areas of Responsibility. Employers tend to prefer graduates who are CHES certified, as passing the exam demonstrates that the student is qualified to be a health educator.