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Master of Arts in Health & Wellness Coaching

With one of the nation’s only graduate degrees in health and wellness coaching, Maryland University of Integrative Health is a forerunner in one of the top careers of the decade. According to U.S. News & World Report, “Wellness coaches are being hired not only by individuals but by employers and health insurers as a likely cost-beneficial perk for their employees.”

As a graduate of the Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching program, you will be uniquely prepared to fill the growing demand for coaches with advanced knowledge and skills to help people take charge of their own health and create sustainable change. You will also enhance the scope of your skills by gaining expertise in integrative health and by working from a wellness perspective. This sets you apart from your peers and truly resonates with clients.

Career opportunities for Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching graduates include:

  • Health and wellness coach in private and group practices
  • Corporate health and wellness coach
  • Health and wellness coach at fitness centers, medical centers, and other health-related organizations
  • Faculty at colleges and universities
  • Writer or publisher of books and articles
  • Health researcher

The 30-credit program provides you with the skills and expertise to build a rewarding coaching practice or work in an organization so that you can help clients clarify their health goals, implement and sustain life-changing behaviors, and manage progress and accountability. 

Taught by leaders in the fields of health, wellness, and coaching, the curriculum includes evidence-based models such as Motivational Interviewing, Prochaska’s Change Model, Positive Psychology, Immunity to Change Theory and the emerging field of brain science. While engaged in the study of theoretical models, students also gain the practical skills of building a coaching practice through working one-on-one with clients, and can prepare graduates to become National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC) certified health and wellness coaches and Internatinal Coach Federation (ICF) certified coaches, depending on format.

In addition to obtaining behavior changing coaching skills, students enhance the scope of their skills by broadening their view of the field of wellness and gaining expertise in herbal studies, integrative health practices, or nutrition:

Herbal Studies

The herbal studies concentration is designed for individuals with a keen interest in herbs, wellness, and self-care. People with a background or interest in horticulture and gardening, culinary arts and nutrition, public health and education, and the environment and sustainability, as well as people who are parents and caregivers, will find the program relevant and valuable. This one-of-a-kind program combines modern, scientific knowledge with traditional herbal wisdom, using the cycles of nature to guide the integration of herbs into daily life. The program’s emphasis on practical skills ensures that students learn to incorporate herbs into food preparation and a healthy diet, and prepare simple and useful herbal remedies.

Integrative Health Practices

The integrative health practices concentration offers students an opportunity to learn about the wide range of integrative approaches that are taught at MUIH. It includes courses that expose students to mindfulness, meditation, deep breathing (along with other relaxation and stress management strategies), physical activity, basic nutrition concepts, and an advanced coaching course centered on the integration of these approaches when coaching clients. This concentration allows students to develop into integrative health-focused professionals who are to be competent in determining and applying the most appropriate interventions when working with their clients. 

Nutrition

The nutrition concentration offers a unique approach to the study of nutrition that will complement a student’s coaching skills, emphasizing the vital and interrelated physiological, medicinal, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual roles of food in our lives. Students can apply nutritional theory through cooking labs and learn to integrate nutritional knowledge into their coaching practice.

Program Highlights

  • Expert faculty: Taught by leaders in the fields of health and wellness and coaching
  • Relevant and current curriculum: Includes evidence-based models such as motivational interviewing; Prochaska’s change model; positive psychology; immunity to change theory; the emerging field of brain science; and skills in how to build a practice and inspire people to make positive, health-generating change
  • Areas of concentration: Choices include integrative health practices, nutrition, and herbal studies
  • Applied practice: Students work one-on-one with clients under faculty supervision to build coaching competencies and integrate content knowledge so that upon graduation they have the confidence and skills to work independently as health and wellness coaches
  • Certification: Approved Transition Program by the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches (NCCHWC), qualifying students to sit for the national certification exam. On-campus and hybrid programs approved by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a 60-hour Approved Coach Specific Training (ACSTH) program.
  • Flexibility: Delivered in online- , on-campus, and hybrid formats to accommodate a variety of students' schedules and preferences.
  • Eligible for federal financial aid

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