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Continuing Education in Workforce Health Promotion

photo of people in classThere are many opportunities for those who want to expand their skills and knowledge in workforce health promotion (WHP) topics such as employee wellness, fitness, health benefits, and productivity. Continuing education includes certifications, mechanisms to maintain certifications, seminars, workshops, conferences, and annual meetings. Continuing education opportunities in WHP are offered by a broad range of organizations and agencies, including those related to public health, human resources/benefits, productivity, health promotion, and sports medicine. The topics range from specific technical skills for staff level employees, to very broad knowledge on WHP issues and best practices for senior level employees. Employees who work in WHP planning, work site fitness centers, and benefits management will find continuing education opportunities in the information below.

The Internet contains an unlimited amount of health information and this list is not intended to be exhaustive but rather a place to start. Links to non-federal organizations are provided solely as a service to our users. Links to .com Web sites are not included. Links do not constitute an endorsement of any organization by CDC or the federal government, and none should be inferred. CDC is not responsible for the content of Web pages found at non-federal links.

Eligibility and Cost information

The following explains how the different services and costs are coded.

M = portions may be available to members only
D = discounts offered for members, students, early-bird registration
$ = < $249
$$ = $250–699
$$$ = > $700

Certifications and Certification Maintenance

Work Site Fitness & Wellness

  • American College of Sports Medicine
    Certification in personal training and health and fitness instruction. $ (D)
  • Cooper Institute
    The Cooper Institute ELITE Certification includes courses for fitness and wellness practitioners. Topics include group exercise, physical fitness, dietary guidance, and coaching healthy behaviors. $$

Work Site Health Promotion

  • Cooper Institute
    The Cooper Institute ELITE Certification includes a course for health promotion directors. $$
  • Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA)
    Offers training about designing and delivering effective work site wellness programs. $$$

Health Education and Communication

Seminars and Workshops

Work Site Fitness and Wellness

  • American College of Sports Medicine
    The Annual Health and Fitness Summit and Exposition features information about the latest practices, standards, guidelines, and applications of sports medicine research; includes Work Site Health Promotion track. $$ (D)

Work Site Health Promotion

  • Cooper Institute
    Preventive Medicine and Wellness Lecture Series. $
  • Wellness Councils of America (WELCOA)
    WELCOA provides a list of keynote speeches and seminars on strategies for developing work site wellness programs. $$$
  • WorldatWork
    Offers three work-life effectiveness courses as part of the WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals program. $$$ (D)

Policy and Best Practices

  • National Business Group on Health
    Webinars and Solutions Seminars about the latest innovations in products and services to improve how benefits are delivered and administered, the latest updates in health care policy and how to prepare for the work force of the future. $ (M)

Conferences and Annual Meetings

Work Site Fitness and Wellness

Work Site Health Promotion

Health Education and Communication

Policy and Best Practices

Other Organizations

All organizations and agencies listed below provide information or education on worksite specific topics, some more extensive than others. Some of these organizations may also offer continuing education credits.

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