Master of Arts Degree in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching
The International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) is delighted to announce that the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality & Healing has qualified to become an Approved Transition Program per the ICHWC’s standards. As a result, health and wellness coaches who have met ICHWC’s requirements and completed the Center's Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching Program will qualify to sit for the national exam to be launched in 2016. The ICHWC 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.
A Tradition of Health Coaching Leadership
The Center has been a leader in the health coaching field for nearly a decade. Since 2005, it has offered the first academically-based graduate health coaching program in the United States, which is a post-baccalaureate graduate certificate in integrative therapies and healing practices with an emphasis in health coaching.
"We are drawing to the program professionals from many fields including nursing, medicine, psychology, social work, and counseling as well as many other disciplines,” said Center Founder and Director Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer. " While some want to specifically work as a health coach, many are recognizing the importance of incorporating coaching skills into their regular practice as a health care provider."
An In-Demand Area of Practice
Graduates of this new degree program will work in a multitude of practice settings, including hospitals, clinics, health educational facilities, community centers, senior living centers, fitness venues, corporations, schools, and private practice.
“Health coaching is a relatively young and rapidly developing field, which shows great promise as a player in changing the nature of our existing healthcare system, “said Dr. Nico Pronk, vice president and chief science officer at HealthPartners. “We whole-heartedly look forward to interfacing with UMN student interns and graduates as they provide needed services in tomorrow’s health care system."
A Unique Format
In this 38-credit degree program, all coursework is offered in a blended format—a combination of on-line curriculum with in-person intensives. Students will be required to visit campus no more than 2 weekends per semester, thus making it accessible to students from across the US. Students will take a common set of core classes and have an opportunity to do a minor in another department, or an area of concentration from among many options at CSH.
“This unique program, based upon our years of experience in teaching integrative health coaching, will offer new opportunity to those students looking to become leaders and innovators in this young but rapidly evolving field,” said Health Coaching Program Lead Dr. Karen Lawson. “We seek to transform health and healthcare in the United States, and believe that master’s trained integrative health coaches will be powerful agents of such change.”
Take the Next Step
Attend an Info Session
Thursday, January 19: 6:00-7:30pm, East Bank Campus, Room 1250 Mayo Memorial Building
Wednesday, February 22: 6:00-7:30pm, East Bank Campus, Room W2-120 Weaver-Densford Hall
Contact Tiffany Ralston to learn more about our info sessions.
Interested in becoming a health coach?
- Focus Areas
- Online Modules and Resources
- Academic Courses
- Master of Arts Degree in Health Coaching
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
- Graduate Minor
- Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Integrative Health and Healing
- For Health Professions Students
- Scholarships and Student Opportunities
- Whole Systems Healing