Health Coaching

Integrative Health and Wellbeing coaching, an emerging method of partnering with patients to achieve their overall goals, is practiced from a holistic perspective that views each person as intrinsically whole and the ultimate expert in his or her healing journey. Health coaching is being offered in a wide range of venues including hospitals, clinics, community health and fitness facilities, corporations, educational institutions, and private practices. The Center for Spirituality & Healing is a pioneer in the field of health coaching, working to advance education, research and care model innovation.

The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) is delighted to announce that the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing has qualified to become an Approved Program per the NBHWC’s standards. As a result, health and wellness coaches who have met NBHWC's requirements and completed the Center's Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching Program will qualify to sit for the national exam. The NBHWC is in a time of deep collaboration with health and wellness coach training programs that are working diligently towards creating a national standard which will help further professionalize and advance the field of health and wellness coaching.

Degrees, Certificates and Courses

A 38-credit degree program, all coursework is offered in a blended format—a combination of on-line curriculum with in-person intensives

Innovative, interdisciplinary 12-credit graduate certficate enables students to acquire advanced knowledge and skills to enhance their professional careers, their own lives as well as the lives of their patients.

Our 20-credit graduate certificate in health coaching requires specific coursework.


Health coaching helps people make behavior changes to improve their health and wellbeing, and is gaining national attention for its patient-centered and empowering approach. It is designed to help an individual identify their goals or desires, recognize where they are in a change process, identify their strengths and assets, and determine what resources and support are needed to achieve optimal wellbeing.

The Center has worked with a national health plan to assess the effectiveness of their health coaching program. Through this collaboration and work with other plans and service providers, the Center is advancing research on the impact of health coaching as an intervention.


The Center has created local and national partnerships to provide internship sites for our health coaching students.

We have also worked with other universities, health care plans and systems to further their health coaching programs.

 We are currently working with community partners to develop and assess pilot models for group coaching with facilitation by either professional coaches or trained peer facilitators, cutting edge area for health and wellness coaching.