Health & Wellness Coaching: Program Description

The Advanced Certificate in Health & Wellness Coaching is a post baccalaureate graduate program that teaches the applied science of human performance enhancement and health and wellness coaching. Graduates of this program will learn the broad theoretical basis of effective behavior change facilitation and hone their skills through practice in real world situations to position them immediately to work as a health & wellness coach in a wide range of settings. The capstone to this integrative graduate program is a dynamic, hands-on internship that maximizes the application of classroom learning in the field in order to master the dynamics involved in coaching.

Certificate courses can be applied towards completing HPHD master’s degrees or other master’s degrees at UWSP and elsewhere* (Pending formal acceptance to a graduate program). Information regarding tuition costs can be found at

A health & wellness coach has a rewarding career focused on helping others achieve goals and overcome obstacles in their lives. This program provides the skills and knowledge needed to be a confident and effective coach who helps clients understand and navigate their path to wellness. Coaches expand the client’s repertoire of negotiation skills so that they can better manage their health and overall wellness. These specific, sought-after skills help clients overcome hurdles, surpass limitations and tap into their own unrealized personal and professional potential.
Who is the program designed for?
The program is designed with the professional needs of the following in mind:
  1. Physicians, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, chiropractors, nutritionists, dieticians, psychologists, counselors and other healthcare professionals seeking professional development in health and wellness coaching in order to improve patient outcomes.
  2. Physical fitness trainers, weight management coaches and health and fitness coaches wanting to hone behavior change coaching skills.
  3. Entrepreneurs who want to run their own wellness coaching business.
Wellness work in a variety of settings including:
  • Hospitals
  • Corporations
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Specialty clinics and treatment centers
  • Schools, universities
  • Social service agencies
  • Fitness centers
  • The military
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