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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

Curriculum Overview

This Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching program begins with 15 credits of foundational courses that make up the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching plus an additional three credits for a total of 18 core coaching credits. These include a two-credit practice management course that teaches students the skills to build and sustain their own practice or business in coaching, and a one-credit capstone course that allows integration of the content in their area of concentration with their coaching skills. Students select an area of concentration in Herbal Studies, Integrative Health Practices, or Nutrition to provide the remaining 12 credits for a master’s degree.

Course of Study

18 Core Credits + 12 Area of Concentration Credits

Students must complete 18 core credits and select one 12-credit area of concentration.

If applicable, dependent upon their chosen area of concentration, students will choose from available elective courses to complete the remainder of their required credits for program completion.

Number Course Title Credits
APP 606 Becoming a Healing Presence 3.0
COA 610 Fundamentals of Health and Wellness Coaching 3.0
COA 616 Theories and Principles of Behavior Change 3.0
COA 620 Applied Healing Strategies* 3.0
COA 641 Seminar in Health and Wellness Coaching 1.0
ISCI 631 Introduction to Complementary and Integrative Health 1.5
ISCI 632B Foundations of Health and Wellness II 1.5
IHM 650 Practice Management in Coaching 2.0
MUIH 550 Academic Research and Scholarship 0.0
  Total Core Curriculum Credits 18.0

* Students who wish to pursue ICF credentialing must take COA 620 on campus to meet the required number of ICF-approved hours.

Herbal Studies

9 Required Credits + 3 Elective Credits

Code Title Credits
HRB 600 Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine 3.0
HRB 605 Materia Medica I 3.0
HRB 622 Herbal Pharmacy: Evaluating and Manufacturing Quality Herbal Products 3.0
  Electives  3.0
  Total Herbal Studies Credits 12.0

Integrative Health Practices

12 Required Credits

Number Course Title Credits
APP 700 Mindfulness, Meditation, and Health 3.0
COA 660 Advanced Coaching with Integrative Wellness Approaches 3.0
ISCI 671 Physical Activity and Health 3.0
NUTR 602 Nutrition: Food and Balance 3.0
  Total Integrative Health Practices Credits 12.0


Nutrition

8 Required Credits + 4 Elective Credits

Number Course Title Credits
NUTR 614 Human Nutrition I: Macronutrients 3.0
NUTR 601 Redefining Nutrition 1.0
NUTR 602 Nutrition: Food and Balance 3.0
NUTR 672 Mindful Eating and Nourishment 2.0
  Electives  3.0
  Total Nutrition Concentration Credits 12.0

Electives

Note: Electives students choose may not be the same as the required courses in their area of concentration. Elective offerings vary by trimester—check the Schedule of Courses of availability.

Number Course Title Credits
APP 700 Mindfulness, Meditation, and Health 3.0
HRB 600 Fundamentals of Herbal Medicine 3.0
HRB 605 Materia Medica 3.0
HRB 622 Herbal Pharmacy: Evaluating and Manufacturing Quality Herbal Products 3.0
HRB 654B Herbal Pharmacy and Phytochemistry 3.0
HRB 705 Materia Medica II 3.0
IHED 617 Health Education Leadership, Resource Development, and Management 2.0
IHED 619 Transformative Communication Strategies  2.0
IHEd 620 Foundations of Health Behavior & Health Education 2.0
IHED 626 Health Education Needs Assessment and Program Planning 3.0
IHM 620 Marketing for Health Professionals 1.0
ISci 547A  Physiology I: Healthy Function  3.0
ISci 630A Health Promotion: Integrative Health & Wellness Practices I 3.0
ISci 667 Science of Addiction 3.0
ISci 671 Physical Activity and Health 3.0
NUTR 601 Redefining Nutrition 1.0
NUTR 602 Nutrition: Food and Balance 3.0
NUTR 614 Macronutrients I 2.0
NUTR 634 Diabetes Education: An Integrative Approach 1.0
NUTR 662 Energetics of Food 1.0
NUTR 663 Sports Nutrition 1.0
NUTR 664 Food Systems and Policy 2.0
NUTR 665 The Dynamics of Food and Healing 1.0
NUTR 668 Culinary Herbs in the Kitchen and Beyond 1.0
NUTR 671 Food and Culture 1.0
NUTR 672 Mindful Eating & Nourishment 2.0
NUTR 675 Chinese Nutrition Therapy 2.0
NUTR 681 Cooking with Whole Foods Lab I 0.5
NUTR 682 Cooking with Whole Foods Lab II 0.5
NUTR 683 Cooking with Whole Foods Lab III 0.5
NUTR 684 Cooking with Whole Foods Lab IV 0.5
NUTR 685 Cooking with Whole Foods Lab V 0.5
NUTR 686 Cooking with Whole Foods Lab VI 0.5
NUTR 687 Cooking with Whole Foods Lab VII 0.5
NUTR 688 Cooking with Whole Foods Lab VIII 0.5

Total Program Credits: 30.0

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are available in the Academic Catalog.