CSPH 5702 - Fundamentals of Health Coaching II

This is a blended course. Course will meet primarily online, but will have required in person dates. Check the class search for in person meeting dates and times. 


Course Description:

This course provides a foundation of Health Coaching theory and practice.  We will continue to explore basic tenets of the health coaching model (a 4-pillared construct), including deep listening, effective and empathic communication, and tools for self development, as well as examining the core building blocks for optimal health from a holistic perspective.  In Health Coaching, each person is recognized as an intrinsically healthy, whole, and wise being, who is the ultimate expert in his or her healing journey.  It is the role of the Health Coach to provide a safe environment and professional expertise to support this journey.  In this course you will learn how to facilitate the client’s process by identifying and benchmarking stages and patterns of change, effectively interfacing with a wide range of interdisciplinary health care providers, locating quality resources to assist clients in decision making, and educating clients on a variety of self-care practices.   In this semester, students participate in a peer-coaching model with their fellow students in dyads or triads, to create opportunities for applying the tools and skills they are learning.  The skills that were initiated in Fundamentals I will also be taken to a greater depth this semester, with increased in-class coaching practice.

Note: this course has an additional course fee. Please check here for more information

Course Objectives:

At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Apply the theory and practice of Health Coaching, including the 4 Pillars of Health Coaching™ in peer coaching scenarios.
  • Describe and demonstrate the basic elements of an effective coach/client interchange.
  • Demonstrate the ability to gather, assess, and communicate information that is relevant and useful for that client.
  • Apply knowledge of core coaching constructs in health coaching interactions including change theory, therapeutic relationship, modeling, and goal setting.
  • Demonstrate increasing interpersonal communication skills in health coaching interactions
  • Apply effective coaching techniques including holistic listening, intention, story-telling, and ritual.
  • Apply multilevel listening and interpretation skills.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching skills including an ability to educate clients about health risks, health information sources, appropriate services and care (both conventional and complementary), as well as cost, value, and potential benefits of these services.
  • Apply a holistic framework to one’s own life in order to enhance personal growth and health, becoming an example for others.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continuing ongoing personal development in one’s professional coaching practice, applying one or more tools for self-reflection and personal growth. 

What Students Are Saying

"As a person who had never experienced a blended (online and in-person) program, I was a bit nervous about whether or not I'd enjoy it or feel community. However, I have been pleasantly surprised at how perfect of a fit it has been. I work full time, so I need flexibility for where and when I do my school work. In addition, I feel an immense sense of community with my cohort and professors due to the activities we do with our peers and the subject of material we study which encourages connection and community."

"The program's online learning platform has exceeded my expectations. The professors provide a diverse mix of digital mediums to engage with the curriculum and fellow students. I don't feel burnt out on any one platform and their unique method of utilizing video-conferencing technology has allowed me to feel a sense of belonging, even at a distance."

“My greatest takeaway is that having access to a virtual coaching program in the world we live in today couldn't be any more appropriate. I feel it has been a realistic and eye opening training ground for working as a health coach in a virtual setting, as well as in person. Seeing how people are suffering emotionally, physically, and spiritually from the pandemic has increased my sense of pride and passion for being in the health coaching program. The need for virtual mental health and coaching support is probably higher now than it ever was. Discovering how many online mental health and coaching resources are available makes me wish I could work as a health coach NOW to support people through this challenging time. For those who want to help people increase their overall sense of wellbeing, this couldn't be a better or more fitting time to become a health coach given. I am grateful for the virtual platform of the program because I feel I get more out of the online discussions, flip grids, and video lectures since I can go at my own pace. It is more efficient as I spend less time commuting and parking. I really enjoy waking up, grabbing my coffee, and accessing the coursework through Canvas. I feel that my peer cohort has been able to create a unique and trusting connection and support group that was missing in my life. And what better way to take on a new challenge than to do it with other people who share the same passion. I believe that the virtual aspect of the program has made this stronger connection possible because it is easier to access people remotely than it is in person.”


Course Details

Course ID: 
CSPH 5702
CSPH 5701; Must be a graduate student admitted to the Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching or Certificate-Health Coaching Track Programs or instructor consent.
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