Master of Arts Degree in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching

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A Tradition of Health Coaching Leadership

The Center has been a leader in the health coaching field for over 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.”

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Information Sessions for Fall 2019 Applicants 

Wednesday Sept. 266-7:30 pm, on East Bank Campus, room TBD
 
Thursday Oct. 25, 6-7:30 pm, on East Bank Campus, room TBD
 
Thursday Nov. 29, 6-7:30 pm, on East Bank Campus, room TBD

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.