Program Director - Anna Nelson  

UnitsCost per UnitLLU Quarterly FeeAverage Completion Time
56$895$8332.3 years
(9 quarters)

Become a leader in helping people change their lives.

The program leading to MPH degree in Health Education/Wellness Coaching allows students to achieve the competencies necessary to promote health and wellness to individuals and communities alike. The integration of health education and wellness coaching courses will provide the students with a combination of cutting-edge skills in health and wellness, health education, health coaching, and whole person care.

The health education component of the program focuses on educational, interpersonal, community, and legislative factors that promote positive health behaviors. The curriculum emphasizes interventions based on scientific data and established behavioral and learning theories that promote public health through the processes of education and community organization.

Along with the knowledge of lifestyle-related diseases, health, nutrition, and fitness, the wellness coaching component of the curriculum delivers motivational and behavioral skills needed to enable graduates to become a part of the rapidly growing field helping individuals achieve optimal wellness.

Course work for the Health Education/Wellness Coaching program may be pursued in the following formats:

  • An on-campus program (combination of on-campus and online coursework)
  • An online program (combination of synchronous & asynchronous coursework)

Students who complete the curriculum may function as workplace wellness coordinators, health educators and health coaches in a variety of public and private settings. They are academically prepared to conduct community assessments; design, implement, and evaluate health education interventions; organize health promotion efforts; and assist individuals and communities to better utilize techniques of health behavior change.

Professional practice is addressed during the laboratory and field experience portions of the curriculum. Students may develop skills while working in community agencies, healthcare, school, and worksite settings.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible to sit for the following credentialing examinations

  • CPH – offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners, https://www.nbphe.org
  • Wellness Coach – offered by National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching, https://ichwc.org/
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) or MCHES— offered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., http://www.nchec.org/
  • Physical Activity in Public Health Specialist (PAPHS), offered by American College of Sports Medicine, https://certification.acsm.org/

Learner Outcomes

Graduates of the program with a major in health education and wellness coaching will have the skills necessary to:

  • Accurately assess individual lifestyle-related risk factors for chronic diseases in culturally diverse populations
  • Administer and manage health education
  • Plan, implement and evaluate health intervention programs
  • Demonstrate empathetic coaching skills when delivering wellness counseling to clients
  • Conduct culturally competent wellness coaching assessment, counseling and evaluation for individuals and groups

Educational Effectiveness Indicators

Achievement of program learner outcomes will be evidenced by:

  • Signature assignments linked to course and non-course requirements
  • Applied Practice Experience
  • Comprehensive Examination

Prerequisite

Behavioral science

Campus Program Requirements

Public Health Core (PCOR)

PCOR 502

Public Health for Community Resilience

5

PCOR 502

Public Health for a Healthy Lifestyle

5

PCOR 503

Public Health and Health Systems

5

Major

HPRO 526*

Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction

3

HPRO 568

Wellness Coaching I

3

HPRO 569

Wellness Coaching II

3

HPRO 573*

Exercise Physiology

3

NUTR 529*

Health Aspects of Vegetarian Eating

3

HPRO 530

Fundamentals of Research in Health Education

3

HPRO 535*

Health Education Administration and Leadership

3

HPRO 537A

Community Program Laboratory A3

2

HPRO 537B

Community Program Laboratory B3

1

HPRO 537C

Community Program Laboratory C3

1

HPRO 538

Health Education Program Development & Eval.2

3

HPRO 589

Qualitative Research Methods 1

3

STAT 515

Grant- and Contract-Proposal Writing

3

HPRO 539*

Policy & Issues in Health Promotion & Education

3

RELR 540*

Wholeness and Health

3

HPRO 570

Wellness Coaching Laboratory

1

1 HPRO 537A and HPRO 589 to be taken concurrently.
2 HPRO 537B and HPRO 538 to be taken concurrently.
Community Lab A, B, and C must be taken during the same year
* Asynchronous online courses

Online Program Requirements

Public Health Core (PCOR)

PCOR 502

Public Health for Community Resilience

5

PCOR 502

Public Health for a Healthy Lifestyle

5

PCOR 503

Public Health and Health Systems

5

Major

HPRO 526

Lifestyle Diseases and Risk Reduction

3

HPRO 568*

Wellness Coaching I

3

HPRO 569*

Wellness Coaching II

3

HPRO 573

Exercise Physiology

3

NUTR 529

Health Aspects of Vegetarian Eating

3

HPRO 530*

Fundamentals of Research in Health Education

3

HPRO 535

Health Education Administration and Leadership

3

HPRO 696

Directed Study1

4

HPRO 538*

Health Education Program Development & Eval.1

3

HPRO 589*

Qualitative Research Methods

3

STAT 515

Grant- and Contract-Proposal Writing

3

HPRO 539

Policy & Issues in Health Promotion & Education

3

RELR 540

Wholeness and Health

3

HPRO 570

Wellness Coaching Laboratory

1

1 HPRO 696 and HPRO 538 to be started concurrently.
* Synchronous courses requiring online attendance