In order to join SOPHE online, you must first create an account. If you were a previous member, or if you have had business transactions with SOPHE in the past, we should already have an account for you in our database. If that is the case, please search for your name first to reactivate the account.

After creating your account, or reactivating your account, you can then proceed to join online.

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Membership at a Glance

SOPHE brings together public health education professionals to promote the health of society. SOPHE advances research and best practices and advocates to put policy into action.

Who should join?

SOPHE welcomes members working in public health across a diverse range of disciplines. All health education specialists, health communicators, K-12 teachers, behavioral scientists, allied health professionals, university faculty and students will benefit from the opportunity to network and exchange new health education strategies, connections, and ideas from all settings of health education and health promotion.

SOPHE membership includes the following:

  • Distance learning - Continuing education contact hours for Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), and Certified in Public Health (CPH).
  • Research - Bimonthly journals, Health Education & Behavior (formerly Health Education Quarterly) Health Promotion Practice, and Pedagogy in Health Promotion: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Discounts on registration fees for conferences and books
  • Connect to like minds via 14 Communities of Practice
  • Professional online membership directory
  • Electronic newsletters, News & Views and E-News U Can Use
  • Local chapter affiliations in many regions
  • Access to career resources specific to health education
  • Professional preparation and practice standards
  • Professional recognition through awards, scholarships, and fellowships
Member Type Description Amount
Practicing - New  First time member

Practicing - Renew/Returning Health educational professional with more than 1 year of experience 

Practicing - 3-year $45 discount for 3-year membership
Student*  Full-time student in good standing with at least 6 months or more until graduation

Transitional* Health educational professional who has graduated within the last 24 months (Maximum of one year of membership is allowed at this category)
Emeritus Retired professional. Available to health educators who, upon retirement, submit a request for this status in writing.
Emeritus - 3-year $45 discount for 3- year membership
 $ 355

*Documentation Verification Required

  • Student Membership: Acceptable documents include a copy unofficial transcripts, enrollment verification certificate, or a letter from a faculty or school representative certifying your status as a full-time student in good standing AND that you have at least 6 months remaining before graduation.
  • Transitional Membership: Acceptable documents include a copy of unofficial transcripts or enrollment verification certificate certifying that you have graduated within the last 24 months.

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