Graduate 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. The MSPP program trains licensed health care professionals to be ready to make a career change or to enhance and expand their current practice.
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.