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Health & Wellness Coaching Certificate

Emory Continuing Education’s 20 week Online Health & Wellness Coaching Certificate Program prepares students to utilize evidence-based relational & behavior change skills & approaches, in a variety of settings, which help improve health & wellbeing for individuals, groups & organizations. This course is a hybrid certificate combining live online & self-paced curriculum coupled with weekly coaching practice sessions. A development-focused evaluation & individual feedback from faculty who are experienced health & wellness coaches will add to the value of the experience. Emphasis is placed on the foundational knowledge & practical skills of the coaching process standards & competencies of the National Board of Health & Wellness Coaches (NBHWC.).

After this program, students will be able to:

  • Design/practice coaching relationships & structure to support clear, productive roles/responsibilities for the coach & client.
  • Outline/facilitate coaching processes & evidence-based techniques to support client-centered discovery, self-efficacy, autonomy & setting & meeting goals.
  • Practice coaching skills one-on-one demonstrating mindful/client-centered listening, open inquiry, effective variations of reflections, action planning & goal setting.
  • Describe/utilize communication techniques that support enhanced client motivation & facilitate the client’s desired & lasting behavior change.
  • Identify/discuss fundamentals of positive psychology which commonly impact client motivation & goal attainment.
  • Identify/practice assessing the stages of change & common effective coaching techniques for various stages.
  • Apply mindfulness practices to their own coaching presence/model or coach them with clients when appropriate.
  • Recognize common signs, symptoms, evidence-based management & the impact of holistic care in chronic diseases.
  • Describe/understand the guidelines for evidence-based complimentary care & lifestyle behaviors that impact human health & wellness including exercise, nutrition, tobacco use, substance abuse, stress management, sleep & social connections.
  • Describe settings where health coaches work & illustrate a clear understanding of the field & scope of practice.
  • Recognize/effectively make appropriate referrals for client needs/services outside their own scope of practice.
  • Summarize components/importance of legal factors in coaching to include confidentiality, record keeping, HIPAA considerations, licensure & familiarity with differing local regulations.


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Course Content


Weekly Coaching Practice Sessions to include 5 Mentored Coaching sessions that will be scheduled in the following weeks: Feb 1-7, Feb 22-28, Mar 22-28, Apr 19-25, May 3-9

  • Lessons by class title
    • Intro to Health Coach I
    • Intro to Health Coach II
    • Opening Weekend (Setting You up for Success)
    • Health & Wellness Coaching Structure Part I, 2, 3 and 4
    • Routine and Ongoing Sessions
    • Active Experimentation & Self Discovery
    • Emotional Intelligence/Client Emotions and Energy
    • Revisiting Active Listening
    • Expand the Conversation
    • Psychology: Increasing Positive Psychological Resources; Improving Support
    • Terminating the Coaching Program
    • Review Coaching Structure/Process/Map & Skills
    • Legal and Ethics Part I
    • Legal and Ethics Part II
    • Clinical Basics
    • Health & Wellness Lifestyles
    • Health Coaching Opportunities
    • Setting You up for Success, Next Steps
    • Clinical Basics Q&A
    • Professional Panel
    • Self-care for coaches
    • Mindfulness
    • Legal/Ethics (professional development focus)
    • Becoming an NBC-HWC
    • Next Steps
    • Lessons in Health and Wellness:
    • Promoting Health & Wellness
    • Alcohol & Substance Abuse
    • Basics of Nutrition
    • Cholesterol Testing & The Lipid Panel
    • Diabetes
    • Evidence Based Nutrition
    • Exercise & Physical Activity
    • Hypertension
    • Inflammation
    • Mental Health
    • Metabolic Syndrome
    • Obesity
    • Sleep Basics
    • Basics of Cardiovascular Disease
    • Tobacco Use
    • Weight Management