Curriculum

The following graduate-level courses (or their equivalents) comprise the minimum requirements for our Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching:

  • CSPH 5101 Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices (3 credits)
  • KIN 5123 Motivational Interventions in Physical Activity (3 credits) 
  • CSPH 5431 Functional Nutrition: An Expanded View of Nutrition, Chronic Disease, and Optimal Health (2 credits) 
  • CSPH 5701 Fundamentals of Health Coaching I (4 credits)
  • CSPH 5702 Fundamentals of Health Coaching II (4 credits) 
  • CSPH 5703 Advanced Health Coaching Practicum (3 credits) 
  • CSPH 5704 Business of Health Coaching (2 credits) 
  • CSPH 5705 Professional Internship in Health Coaching (2 credits) 
  • CSPH 5706 Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine (2 credits) 
  • CSPH 5707 Coaching People with Clinical Conditions (2 credits) 
  • CSPH 5708 Mind-Body Science and the Art of Transformation (1 credit; on-line) 
  • CSPH 5709 Health and Wellness Coaching for Groups (2 credits) 
  • CSPH 8701 Master’s Capstone project work and presentation (2 credits) 

ELECTIVES (6 credits to be selected from CSPH or Minor coursework.)

For class descriptions visit our Courses page.

Required Prerequisites for admission to the MA include:

  • BA or BS in a health related-field; or,
  • BA or BS in a non-health related field, with the following included minimum University of Minnesota coursework, or equivalent from another accredited college or university:
  • 1 basic course in Human Physiology
  • 1 basic course in Psychology
  • 1 course in Basic Statistics

Recommended prerequisites:

  • Coursework in, or applied work experience with, basic medical terminology
  • School or work/life experience with communication skills and human resources management
  • School or work demonstration of strong written communication skills

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Information Sessions for Fall 2019 Applicants

Information sessions will take place on East Bank Campus, Room TBD

Tuesday Jun. 266-7:30 pm
Wednesday Sept. 266-7:30 pm
Thursday Oct. 25, 6-7:30 pm
Thursday Nov. 29, 6-7:30 pm

View our online information sessions

Contact Christina Owen at clowen@umn.edu or 612-624-3399 for more information and to RSVP.

Lifestyle Medicine Online CE Course

Some health and wellness coaches may find that they need more content expertise in the area of lifestyle medicine. In the future, accredited Health Coaching educational programs will be required to contain 15 hours of content in this field, but current transitionally-approved programs have not offered this to all students. Examinees will be held responsible for knowing this content on the exam.

Additionally, other health professionals and community members may have professional or personal interest in learning about how lifestyle factors impact health and wellbeing, and about the current recommendations for optimal behaviors.

The University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing is now offering an affordable, fully-online, self-paced Lifestyle Medicine continuing education course that is composed of 4-units that each include video, readings, and quizzes for self-evaluation.

Learn more and register.