Health Coach Certificate Program

Mission: To train the highest quality Health Behavior Coaches in the Northwest.  

What are the qualities of students who will be successful as Health Behavior Coaches?

Students who will be most successful as Health Behavior Coaches are those who are deeply interested in the interrelationship among all aspects of health (social, emotional, mental, spiritual and physical) and in the social and behavioral sciences. Good Health Behavior Coaches have excellent active listening skills, show care (empathize), are persistent (energy) and work with clients on realistic, mutually agreed upon goals. Knowledge about the complexity of the behavior change process is critical to success. Health behavior coaches believe that people can change and bring optimism and hope to the change process.

What do Health Behaviors Coaches do?

Health Behavior Coaches promote lifestyle adaptations that have been shown to enhance quality of life and reduce health care costs through prevention or delayed progression of chronic disease. Facilitating healthy, sustainable behavior change that reflects clients’ values and goals is the main objective of a Health Behavior Coach.

Where do Health Behavior Coaches work?

Health care in America is in the midst of a paradigm shift from a system focused almost entirely on treatment to a system focused on both prevention and treatment. Governmental organizations, hospitals, primary care centers, insurance companies, non-profit organizations and corporate employers increasingly are recognizing the value of prevention. Employment in this field will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce healthcare costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors and utilization of available health care services.  

How to become a Health Coach?

Certificate Program in Health Behavior Coaching:

-Applications are available online or can be picked up at the HHP Student Advising Office, McGill room 104, or at the Curry Health Center Wellness office.  Applications for Spring Semester acceptance are due by Nov. 18th.  Applications for Fall Semester due by April 1st.  Admission to the program is competitive. 

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Course

Credits

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Kin 201 – Basic Exercise Prescription

3

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NUTR 221N – Basic Human Nutrition

3

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HTH 370 – Peer Health Education

3

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HTH 395 – Peer Health Practicum (specific to health coaching)

2

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HTH 430 – Health and the Mind/Body/Spirit Relationship

3

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KIN 483/84 – Exercise Disease and Aging

4

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CHTH 485 – Theories of Health Behavior and Counseling

3

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CHTH 495 – Internship (specific to health coaching)

4

                      Minimum Required Grade B-

25 Total

Admission requirements for the Certificate Program in Health Behavior Coaching include: 1) Sophomore level or higher standing; 2) 3.0 GPA; 3) BIOH 201 and 202 pre-requisite or co-requisite; and 4) letter of intent.

*there is an additional fee for the health coach training

Contact Us:

Kayli Julius Health Coach Coordinator-Curry Health Center

Kayli.julius@mso.umt.edu

243-6719

Linda Green Wellness Director-Curry Health Center

linda.green@mso.umt.edu

243-2801

Annie Sondag, Professor HHP

 (406) 243-5215

annie.sondag@mso.umt.edu