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Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness Coaching

Completing an undergraduate degree in the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Health and Wellness Coaching Program can open doors to exciting careers and further graduate studies. This professional specialty focuses on helping people to find ways to lead healthier lives. The program will provide a strong foundation toward a variety of health profession degrees as well as stand-alone career options. You will have opportunities to apply what you learn with hands-on, experiential classes. Students will complete two coaching practicum courses in the community with both individual and group clients.

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 wellbeing;
  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 wellbeing;
  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 healthcare and other relational issues that are impacted by personal health;
  6. Demonstrate the qualities needed to obtain post-graduate 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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