Health & Wellness Coaching Graduate Certificate: Curriculum

9-Month Program Plan
​ Fall ​HPW 705 - Theories of Health Coaching and Behavior Change

HPW 735 - Critical Evaluation of Health Recommendations
​ Spring

HPW 725 - Cross Cultural Coaching and Systems

​HPW 765 - Advanced Coaching Techniques: Motivational Interviewing (not offered in 2017)

HPW 690 - Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
HPW 690 - Compassion-Focused Therapy

HPW 775 - Internship/Ethics


HP/W 690. Contemporary Issues in Health Promotion
1 cr. per offering. *If you are unable to attend the three workshops described in the following link, you can still participate in the credit courses. Workshop details.

HP/W 705. Theories of Health Coaching and Behavior Change.
3 cr. Provides the foundational knowledge and skills needed for coaching professionals to assist individuals and groups with health behavior change.
HP/W 735. Critical Evaluation of Health Recommendations.
3 cr. Explore and identify lifestyle factors that contribute to health and reduce morbidity risk. Collect, assess, and evaluate evidence-based information on chronic disease risks related to physical activity, diet, stress, alcohol and other drugs, smoking and weight management. Examine and explore techniques designed to guide and support client decision-making with regard to implementing specific lifestyle strategies.
HP/W 725. Cross-Cultural Coaching of Groups/Systems.
3 cr. Develop culture specific communication skills that are sensitive and helpful to various cultural groups. Coaching requires a basic understanding not only of the worldviews of different groups but also one’s own possible stereotypes, which may hinder effectiveness in the caring and empathetic process. Examine issues of racism, differences in cultural values and worldviews, verbal and non-verbal communication and other factors that affect the processes of coaching individuals and groups.
HP/W 765. Advanced Coaching Techniques: Motivational Interviewing.
Complements the theory, skills, and techniques in HP/W 705 related to guiding groups and individuals through meaningful lifestyle changes by emphasizing motivational strategies and behavioral and holistic practices. Diverse advanced coaching methodologies will be taught, practiced, and compared and contrasted; however, advanced motivational interviewing techniques will be emphasized.
HP/W 775. Practicum/Internship/Ethics.
3 cr. Supervised, pre-professional practice experience in health and wellness coaching. You’ll be placed in practicum sites in a range of venues and will receive on-site supervision by both a field supervisor and the course instructor. Provides intensive preparation early in the course on professional standards, ethics, assessment of clinical issues, interviewing skills, and referral strategies. Prereq: 705, 725, 735.

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