Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Health Behavior Coaching

Health Behavior Coaches complement the work of other health and medical professionals by functioning as supportive mentors that motivate, facilitate and empower clients or patients: (1) to adopt positive and lasting health behavior changes, (2) to become accountable for their own health, and (3) to comply with health/medical recommendations that promote health and wellness and enhance overall well-being.

VCU’s post-baccalaureate graduate certificate in Health Behavior Coaching prepares professionals to serve a critical role on the interdisciplinary healthcare delivery team in the emerging preventative health care model in the U.S. Whether a clinical professional or health promotion professional, you will develop and enhance your professional competencies and skills that facilitate a client/patient-centered approach which assists them in determining their own personal health goals and action plans.

This unique program blends face-to-face instruction with 80% online learning. Successful completion of the program requires a minimum of 21 graduate credit hours beyond the baccalaureate level, consisting of 17 core credit hours and four credit hours in a selected focus area. It also prepares students for credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.), as administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), and may be applied towards the Master of Science (M.S.) in Health and Movement Sciences.

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Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Health Behavior Coaching Director:

Joann Richardson, Ph.D.