Health Coaching Track

Health coaching is a rewarding field of study that will allow you to work directly with people to help increase their wellbeing. There is not a better time to become a nationally board certified health and wellness coach (NBC-HWC). As an approved training program by the NBHWC, we prepare you to work in a variety of settings including interdisciplinary healthcare teams in preparation for health coaching reimbursement codes. Please see the press release from the NBHWC here. Our Certificate program is unique as we emphasize health equity and an integrative health focus. We believe this helps students in this program learn a more holistic approach to health coaching.

For those already in a health sciences program or working in healthcare, earning our certificate in health coaching can help you elevate your skills in motivational interviewing and coaching psychology to better help your patients adopt new health behaviors. Health behavior change can be hard and all healthcare practitioners can benefit from new ways to communicate and motivate their patients.

Courses are taught in a blended delivery format, requiring physical presence on campus once a semester for each semester of the certificate program. Only two semesters and you are done!

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An In-Demand Area of Practice

Graduates of this new degree program will work in a multitude of practice settings, including hospitals, clinics, health educational facilities, community centers, senior living centers, fitness venues, corporations, schools, and private practice.

“Health coaching is a relatively young and rapidly developing field, which shows great promise as a player in changing the nature of our existing healthcare system," said Dr. Nico Pronk, vice president and chief science officer at HealthPartners. “We whole-heartedly look forward to interfacing with UMN student interns and graduates as they provide needed services in tomorrow’s health care system."

A Unique Curriculum with a Heart of Personal Transformation and Leadership

Our curriculum builds upon our strengths of personal transformation, group coaching skills, a strong internship program, the integrative health focus and our pass rate of 100% for the NBC-HWC exam. In Fall 2023, we will launch new courses that will increase the emphasis on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. In addition, our curriculum prepares graduates to transition into healthcare settings including interdisciplinary healthcare teams in preparation for health coaching reimbursement codes. Please see the press release from the NBHWC here.

We believe that building on our strengths, and with our new focus on health equity and preparing health coaches to work in a variety of settings including interdisciplinary healthcare teams, we will increase the impact our students can make with individuals, in their communities, and beyond.

In this 14-credit degree program, all coursework is offered in a blended format—a combination of on-line curriculum with in-person intensives. Students will be required to visit campus no more than 2 weekends per semester, thus making it accessible to students from across the US. 

Certificate Program Program Outcomes

  1. Apply evidence-based health coaching strategies and integrative health and healing science to facilitate improved health outcomes for individuals.
  2. Evaluate the influence of personal bias, health inequities, and social determinants of health within healthcare and on the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and populations.
  3. Collaborate with colleagues in a wide variety of settings to provide an integrative and holistic approach to prevention and healthcare.
  4. Develop a personal reflection and mindfulness practice to ensure one’s growth and development as a transformational leader in health and integrative health coaching.

Curriculum

Fourteen (14) semester credits are required to complete this certificate track. It is not possible to complete this certificate track fully online. CSPH 5701 (fall only) & CSPH 5702/CSPH 5704 (spring only) will have in person requirements twice a semester. Required courses are:

Course Descriptions

  • CSPH 5101 Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices (3 credits)
  • CSPH 5701 Fundamentals of Health Coaching I (2 credits)
  • CSPH 5702 Fundamentals of Health Coaching II (4 credits)
  • CSPH 5703 Health Coaching Practicum I (1 credit)
  • CSPH 5704 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Health & Wellbeing (3 credits)
  • CSPH 5716 Health Coaching Practicum II (1 credit)

Up to 7 credits may be completed^ prior to entering the program as a graduate non-degree seeking student or while enrolled in another master, doctoral, or professional level program at the University of Minnesota. Students must be admitted to the program before completing the remaining 7 required credits. A maximum of three graduate course credits may be counted in common between two University certificate plans.

^ Students must be admitted to the program before completing the core health coaching courses: CSPH 5701, 5702, 5703, 5704, and 5716. For more information about how to enroll in courses that may be taken as a non-degree seeking student prior to entering the program, please contact Christina at [email protected].