Ms. Smith has over 25 years in the fields of wellness and integrative health. An educator, researcher, health coach, and mind-body practitioner, she teaches at multiple universities and medical schools at the the undergraduate and graduate levels and holds leadership positions in national public health and health coaching organizations.

Professional Narrative

Katherine Smith, MPH, NBC-HWC, ACC is a Professor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), teaching in their health and wellness coaching and health promotion departments. She got her MPH in Health Behavior from the University of Michigan. With 25 years in the field of health and wellness, she is also Adjunct Faculty at the George Washington University School of Public Health, Georgetown University and Meharry Medical College, where she teaches mindfulness and health coaching to students and staff. In addition to her University work, Ms. Smith has spent several years teaching and training as part of the Veterans Administration Whole Health Initiative. She conducts research on worksite wellness and coaching and was the 2021 recipient of the MUIH Excellence in Scholarship and Research Award. She serves on the American Public Health Association (APHA), Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practices Executive Committee and the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) Research Commission.

Before coming to MUIH, Ms. Smith served as Senior Consultant and Program Manager at the Samueli Institute where she developed and evaluated programs that contribute to optimal healing and human flourishing. Prior, she was Director, Stress Management Services & Cardiovascular Executive Health Program at the University of Michigan (U-M) Preventive Cardiology clinic. In that role, she managed mind-body focused stress reduction services for all patients and families in the heart clinic. She also launched and ran a patient-centered program to prevent heart disease among professionals and executives.


Health Promotion, Worksite Wellness, Fundamentals of Health and Wellness Coaching, Theories and Principles of Behavior Change


Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) Excellence in Scholarship and Research Award (2021)

MUIH Faculty Great Esteem Award for teaching excellence (2020)

American Public Health Association (APHA), Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practices Leadership Award (2020)

Personal Narrative

My path to becoming a coach began when I was hired to teach Motivational Interviewing (MI) to coaching students at MUIH. I knew a lot about MI, but very little about health coaching, and to best serve the students I wanted to know more. I attended an intensive 5-day coach training program and got hooked! I went on to enroll in an 18-month training program at Vanderbilt University and become a nationally board certified coach. I am passionate about coaching because it is a way of empowering people to attain their highest possible quality of life as they define it. I find it an honor to walk alongside clients, as well as students training to be coaches, as they take what is often a transformative journey.

Other professional interests include working with Veterans in the VA health system, teaching mindfulness to K-12 students in schools, coaching caregivers and patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETS), a rare form of cancer, and training medical students at Meharry Medical College, one of the nation’s oldest HBCU’s,

In addition to my work, which I often consider fun, I like to run, read, explore out of doors, travel, and play with my black lab(Shadow), husband, and two spirited teenage daughters.

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