Master of Arts Degree in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching

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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. 

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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.”

Apply Now

While the formal application window for 2017 admission to our Master's Degree in Integrative Health & Wellbeing Coaching program is closed, we do consider late applications on an individual basis through May 29. For further consideration, please contact Erin Fider at 612-624-5166 fider002@umn.edu . Applications for Fall 2018 open this fall, and are due March 15, 2018.

Information Sessions for Fall 2018 Applicants

  • Tuesday, August 86:00-7:30, East Bank campus, Room TBD
  • Thursday, September 216:00-7:30, East Bank campus, Room TBD
  • Wednesday, October 186:00-7:30, East Bank campus, Room TBD
  • Tuesday, November 146:00-7:30, East Bank campus, Room TBD