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. 

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.
Semesters Course Offered: 
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