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Application & Review Procedures for SABPAC Review & Approval

  1. Undergraduate Community Health Education preparation programs considering application for SABPAC review and approval should obtain a copy of the SABPAC Manual: Criteria, Process, & Procedures for Quality Assurance in Community Health Education 2007. This can be ordered from the SOPHE office for $50.00. Click here to order.
  2. The chair or director of the department or unit (Institutional Representative) seeking review and approval should submit a letter of application to the SABPAC co-chairs, c/o Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), 10 G Street NE, Suite 605, Washington, DC 20002. In this letter the Institutional Representative should confirm that the program meets eligibility requirements, described in the SABPAC Manual, and summarized below:
    • The department or unit is an integral part of an institution of higher education accredited by a regional accrediting organization.
    • The institution does not discriminate with regard to age, gender, race, religion, disability, or national origin.
    • Appropriate representatives of the institution are prepared to conduct a self-study program evaluation in compliance with guidelines in the SABPAC Manual.
    • The department or unit seeking program approval meets the following requirements:
      • A baccalaureate degree with a major or option in community health education is offered, which prepares students to sit for the CHES exam.
      • A capstone or culminating internship of at least 320 hours is required.
      • The program director or administrator and at least one additional faculty member (or 2 other faculty members) are full time, with educational qualifications and experience in health education and eligibility for CHES certification by NCHEC.
    • Finally, the letter needs to be co-signed by all appropriate superior administrators, including the chief academic officer of the institution.
  3. The Institutional Representative will receive a letter indicating that the application was accepted and that the self study process may begin. Most self studies require 10-12 months to complete. Included with the letter will be an invoice for the initial SABPAC review fee of $1,000.00. This must be submitted within 60 days of notification.
  4. The Institutional Representative must submit a self-study document to SABPAC within two years of the date on which the application was accepted. The SABPAC Manual includes a complete description of all required components and criteria for the self-study. An inherent component of the self-study process is documentation that the program assures graduates of being able to demonstrate competencies for entry-level health educators. One month prior to the visit, copies of the completed self study must be sent to the three members of the site review team and to each of the co-chairs of SABPAC.
  5. The Institutional Representative must notify SABPAC of approximate dates for a three-day site visit review, at least six months in advance. The institution is responsible for all expenses and arrangements related to the site visit review, including travel and lodging for three people. Site Visit Team expenses typically range from $2000 to $3000, depending on travel fares, local lodging and meals. During the site visit, using an agenda prepared by the institution and agreed upon by the site visit review team, reviewers will verify the self-study, gain additional information or clarifications, interview individuals associated with the program.
  6. At the conclusion of the site visit, an oral exit interview will take place between the SVR Team and the department or unit personnel and any other invited guests. Within 30 days the SVR Team will prepare a written report for SABPAC, with a copy for the institution. Any factual errors may be corrected at this point. The final report is considered by the SABPAC at their fall or spring meeting. A representative of the institution may attend the SABPAC meeting if desired. o o o
  7. The SABPAC Co-Chairs will send the final report and notification of approval status to the administrator of the program or unit within 30 days of SAPBAC's decision on approval designation. Approval designations include:
    • Approval for five years
    • Provisional approval for one year
    • Denial of approval
  8. Prior to the end of the five-year approval, programs must submit a letter of application to SABPAC, indicating the desire to be reviewed for renewal, and the expected timeline for submitting a self-study document. Programs will be invoiced, by SOPHE, a renewal fee of $1,500.00. No site visit review is required for renewal of approval. Approval designations for renewal are the same as for initial approval. A site visit review is required only every 10 years.
For further information or questions, please contact the SABPAC Co-Chairs or the SOPHE National office.
  • Ellen M. Capwell, PhD, MCHES, Otterbein University, 894 Puddington Ct., Westerville, Ohio 43081; E-mail: ecapwell@otterbein.edu
  • Carol Cox, PhD, MCHES, Truman State university - HES, 329 Pershing Building, Kirksville, MO 63501; E-mail: ccox@truman.edu
  • Society for Public Health Education, 10 G St., NE, 605, Washington DC 20002; Phone: 202-408-9804; E-mail: info@sophe.org