CSPH 5713 - Health Coaching for Health Professionals

For Summer 2021, this course will be online, with some synchronous remote meetings. Check the class search for meeting dates and times. 

Course Description:

This course will explore the basic tenets of 4 Pillars of Health Coaching model--self-awareness, mindful presence, authentic communication, and safe/sacred space. Students will learn to identify/benchmark stages/patterns of change, respectfully collaborate with interdisciplinary health care providers and facilitate clients’ ability to achieve sustainable lifestyle changes. Consistent, nonjudgmental application of a holistic perspective of optimal health and wellbeing in patient encounters will be discussed and demonstrated. Students will have the opportunity to see demonstrated and to practice applying tools and practices from motivational interviewing, appreciative inquiry, non-violent communication, and other authentic communication tools.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Describe the theory and practice of Health Coaching, including the Four Pillars of Health

    • Coaching™.

    • Identify the basic elements of an effective coach/client interchange.

    • Apply basic, effective coaching techniques including Motivational Interviewing, Emotional Intelligence, Non-Violent communication and Appreciative Inquiry.

    • Describe the Transtheoretical Model and Self-Determination Theory.

    • Differentiate between health coaching, nurse education, case/disease management, and

    • therapy.

    • Discuss the importance of ongoing personal development in one’s professional practice.

Course Details

Course ID: 
CSPH 5713
This course is for graduate students who have been admitted to the DNP-IHH track, students who are in the other UMN DNP tracks, or any healthcare professional or healthcare student who is interested in learning basic health coaching theory and technique.
Semesters Course Offered: 
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This course is an approved 1Health IPE activity.