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Walden News // Nov 08, 2017

Walden University Named to Top 10 List of CHES® Candidate-Producing Professional Preparation Programs

Minneapolis—November 9, 2017Walden University was named to the Division Board for Professional Preparation and Practice’s (DBPPP) 2016 Top 10 Schools list with the most students qualifying to take the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES®) examination. The DBPPP is a division of the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and seeks to promote professional preparation through work with colleges, universities and accrediting agencies to improve professional preparation programs.

Walden’s School of Health Sciences prepares students to improve lives in today’s rapidly changing and global health environment through innovative online programs in public health, healthcare administration, and health education and promotion. Its educational programs use a scholar-practitioner model to equip a diverse array of learners as social change agents who will promote, educate, motivate and advocate for healthy communities.

“We strive to teach our students the critical and creative thinking skills needed to improve lives and address the health challenges facing today’s local and global communities. We are honored to be recognized by the DBPPP among the top schools in the number of students qualifying for the national health education specialist examination,” said Dr. Jörg Westermann, dean of Walden’s School of Health Sciences.

The annual list highlighting the top 10 universities in producing the number of eligible candidates for the CHES® examination was designed to spotlight the positive work of universities that encourage and motivate their students to obtain certification.

“We congratulate these universities for their dedication to promoting the importance of certification in their professional preparation programs. Their commitment to the credentialing process serves to strengthen the profession of health education and may position graduates for future employment,” said Linda Lysoby, NCHEC executive director.

Walden’s MS in Health Education and Promotion program aligns to CHES competencies helping to illustrate the skills and expertise needed to be a health education specialist. For more information about Walden University and the School of Health Sciences, visit

About Walden University
For more than 45 years, Walden University has supported working professionals in achieving their academic goals and making a greater impact in their professions and their communities. Students from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 150 countries are pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees online at Walden. The university offers more than 85 degree programs with more than 435 specializations and concentrations. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Walden is one of more than 70 institutions in 25 countries that make up the Laureate International Universities network. For more information about Walden, visit