Certificate in Health Coaching

Health Coaching is a recently developed model in the coaching profession. Health coaches work with individuals one on one to help them set up and reach healthy lifestyles. Individual presentations span across a continuum from a person desiring to move from a sedentary and unhealthy life style to an improved set of health behaviors to a person living with a chronic illness who wants to make the most positive adaptation to the challenges of their illness. As healthcare moves towards accountable care, primary prevention and health promotion, health coaching offers a valuable service to individuals.  In terms of prevention, the World Health Organization estimates that up to 80% of chronic illness may be preventable if life style changes, including healthy nutrition and regular exercise were practiced. Health Coaches guide individuals to make the often difficult transition to improved health behaviors. Coaches are employed in a variety of settings including health insurance companies, health maintenance organizations, primary care, behavioral health and in private practices. Our program trains licensed health care professionals to be ready to make a career change or to enhance and expand their current practice.

Why

Many people today want to be physically healthier but don't know how to do it. Health Coaching is a rapidly growing field now recognized by insurers for reimbursement purposes with the goal of getting people healthy and keeping people healthy in a variety of health care settings.

Who

The Health Coaching program is for licensed professionals interested in becoming a Health Coach.

Our Certificate in Health Coaching is designed for professionals in serious pursuit of a well-grounded education in health coaching from a recognized and fully accredited academic institution. This multi-disciplinary program can be completed in six months.  Qualified applicants have completed a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent. The applicant has then obtained a license in their chosen healthcare profession.

Applicants must hold a license in one of the following professions:  Mental Health Professional, Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Registered Dietician and Nutritionist.

Please note that all students are required to sign an agreement that they will use their health coaching skills only within the scope of practice described by their Board of Registration.

What

 This is a six-month program with a health coaching practicum included in the curriculum.

The program provides coursework in adult development and change, perspectives in the psychology of health and illness, foundations of health coaching and evidence-based coaching techniques. The program aims to train professionals ready to function with competence and confidence in a variety of healthcare settings. The program uses a cohort training model along with an emphasis on experiential education. Each of the five courses focuses on the development of International Coaching Federation competencies as well as on best practices in health coaching.

Where

Our Health Coaching Certificate is offered in a blended learning model. Each course will include weekly online course work. Students open the course page and find the syllabus, course calendar, professor or student announcements, readings, documents and videos, an online discussion board and an option for threaded conversations. Papers are submitted electronically and graded by the professor online as well. Each course, (once a month) has a required weekend-in-residence (WIR) on our Newton, MA campus. There are 6 residential weekends in all. Students need high speed Internet access and a current computer to participate.

When

 Entry into the program is in Fall (September)