Emory University's Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate is an Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the HWC Certifying Examination to become National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC).

Emory Continuing Education’s 20-week Online Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate Program prepares students to help improve health and wellbeing for individuals, groups and organizations by utilizing evidence-based relational/behavior change skills and approaches in a variety of settings.

Our hybrid certificate program combines live online and self-paced curriculum with weekly coaching practice sessions, as well as a five-session mentored coaching practicum. Experienced instructors with significant health and wellness coaching backgrounds will provide thorough, development-focused evaluations and individual feedback.

Emphasis is placed on the foundational knowledge and practical skills of the coaching process standards and competencies of the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC). 

Our curriculum includes theory and practice in behavior change and coaching psychology, client-centered communication skills that facilitate self-directed change, evidence-informed process and structure, the ethics of coaching, and understanding health and lifestyle conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, exercise, nutrition, work-life balance and more.


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After successfully completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Design and practice coaching relationships and structure to support clear, productive roles and responsibilities for the coach and client.
  • Outline and facilitate coaching processes and evidence-based techniques to support client-centered discovery, self-efficacy, autonomy and setting and meeting goals.
  • Practice coaching skills one-on-one demonstrating mindful and client-centered listening, open inquiry, effective variations of reflections, action planning and goal setting.
  • Describe and utilize communication techniques that support enhanced client motivation and facilitate the client’s desired and lasting behavior change.
  • Identify and discuss the fundamentals of positive psychology which commonly impact client motivation and goal attainment.
  • Identify and practice assessing the stages of change and the common effective coaching techniques for various stages.
  • Apply mindfulness practices to their own coaching presence, and model or coach them with clients when appropriate.
  • Recognize the common signs, symptoms, evidence-based management and the impact of holistic care in chronic diseases including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, hypertension, and lipid abnormalities.
  • Describe the guidelines for evidence-based complimentary care and lifestyle behaviors that impact human health and wellness including exercise, nutrition, tobacco use, substance abuse, stress management, sleep and social connections.
  • Describe settings where health coaches work and illustrate a clear understanding of the field and scope of practice.
  • Recognize and effectively make appropriate referrals for client needs and services outside their own scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of, and accountability to, the standards of professional conduct and code of ethics.
  • Summarize the components and importance of legal factors in coaching to include confidentiality, record keeping, HIPAA considerations, licensure and familiarity with differing local regulations.


This program is open only to students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree (or verified foreign equivalent) or higher.

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Health & Wellness Certificate Application

You must submit your application before you can register. Your application does not have to be approved before you register.


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