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Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Coaching

The Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine welcomes you to the Department of Health and Wellness Coaching. Students pursuing a B.S. in Health and Wellness Coaching major will have the opportunity to work directly with faculty members from the departments of public health, human nutrition and family therapy in the classroom as well as in the community. The B.S. in Health and Wellness Coaching degree is an excellent onramp to medical school, graduate degrees in family therapy, public health or nutrition, in addition to many other graduate and professional programs.

Working alongside professionals in the fields of family therapy, mental health and medicine, you will learn critical strategies for engaging clients in their exploration and understanding of their unique paths toward wellness. In the Department of Health and Wellness Coaching, you will develop the knowledge and skills to coach clients of all ages, work closely with their families and health care systems, establish a private practice or work in a community setting. The choice is yours.

What You’ll Study

Students will learn to provide personalized health solutions for patient/clients in a holistic manner—including the ability to assess client lifestyles and family support systems, develop tailored diet and/or wellness plans, create health education materials, conduct health workshops and seminars, build a clinical practice, and apply solution-building strategies to coaching. The interprofessional experiences of our faculty members will provide you with a real-world perspective on the benefits, rewards, and challenges of working in health and wellness coaching. The program also provides a strong foundation for students who want to continue their education in other health-related postgraduate programs or in behavioral health professions such as family therapy.

Why Health and Wellness Coaching?

The B.S. in Health and Wellness Coaching provides students with significant flexibility with career opportunities. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Overall employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people healthy behaviors and explaining how to use available healthcare services.” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019)

Health and Wellness Coaching Major Learning Outcomes

  1. Communicate evidence-based information on health and wellness coaching to support individuals and groups to improve their health and well-being.
  2. Monitor trends, issues, and policies in the area of health and wellness coaching and incorporate the information into curricula, training programs and/or individual education sessions.
  3. Apply principles of systemic family therapy to collaborate with clients to develop interventions in support of their health and well-being.
  4. Demonstrate skills to provide personalized health solutions in a holistic manner, including the ability to develop tailored wellness plans in collaboration with clients and their support systems.
  5. Apply research principles and methods to the examination of current problems in health care and other relational issues that are impacted by personal health.
  6. Demonstrate the qualities needed to obtain postgraduate education and/or successfully enter the job market as a health and wellness coach.
  7. Understand the role of human relationships in the promotion of physical and mental health.
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