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.

>> Read how this program supports VCU's strategic plan, Quest 2028: One VCU Together We Transform.


The post-baccalaureate graduate certificate in Health Behavior Coaching is now 100% online, and can be completed as a full-time or as a part-time student. Successful completion of the program requires a minimum of 21 graduate credit hours beyond the baccalaureate level. The coursework consists of 17 core credit hours plus four credit hours in a selected focus area.

Along with previous coursework, this program may help to prepare 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).

>>Find out more about the curriculum.


Admission to the Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Health Behavior Coaching requires that prospective students:

  1. Have earned an undergraduate degree in a health science, social science, behavioral science or other health-related discipline
  2. Possess a minimum of one year of health-related work experience
  3. Have completed a minimum of four prerequisite course credits in Medical Terminology and Personal Health

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Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in Health Behavior Coaching Director:

Joann Richardson, Ph.D.