Updated: October 13th, 2020

Laurel, Md.— Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) announced today that it is now an approved Continuing Education Provider for the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). This expands MUIH’s role as a leader in the education of health and wellness coaches. MUIH’s Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) Department offers a wide range of  professional development courses in flexible formats that provide health and wellness coaches with opportunities to sharpen their skills, develop new areas of expertise, and earn additional credentials.

“Health and wellness coaches are an essential part of an integrative model of health and healthcare to promote a whole-person centered approach to wellbeing. It’s an exciting time for the field as more credentialed health and wellness coaches are needed, and all practitioners can benefit from coaching skills to support lasting behavior change in their clients and patients. We are thrilled to be approved as a qualified Continuing Education Provider for NBHWC to provide advanced and relevant continuing education programming for health and wellness coaches to thrive and excel in their profession,” said Beth Romanski, director of professional and continuing education at MUIH.

Health and wellness coaching has been identified as a cutting edge career. It has emerged as a $6 billion service market in the U.S., with an estimated 109,000 health and wellness coaches and health educators.

Leigh-Ann Webster, executive director for NBHWC, said, “The NBHWC is excited to welcome MUIH as an approved health and wellness coach training program. It’s wonderful to see this University provide a learning experience centered on the interconnection of mind, body, and spirit, and I look forward to supporting graduates from MUIH who would like to become National Board Certified (NBC-HWC). This is such a growing industry with a lot of opportunities for health & wellness coaches in healthcare!”

For more information about MUIH Professional and Continuing Education offerings, visit www.muih.edu/ce.

MUIH also offers graduate programs in health and wellness coaching. MUIH launched a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in 2010 and the nation’s first Master of Arts degree in the field in 2012. These programs are offered in the online, hybrid, and on-campus formats and are grounded in MUIH’s holistic and natural approach to health and wellness. Both academic credentials hold approvals from NBHWC and the International Coaching Federation.

About Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH)

Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH) is a leading academic institution focused on the study and practice of integrative health and wellness and one of the few universities in the U.S. dedicated solely to such practices. Deeply rooted in a holistic philosophy, its model for integrative health and wellness is grounded in whole-person, relationship-centered, evidence-informed care.

Since 1974, MUIH has been a values-driven community educating practitioners and professionals to become future health and wellness leaders through transformative programs grounded in traditional wisdom and contemporary science. MUIH has more than 20 progressive, graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines, offered on-campus and online. In the on-campus Natural Care Center and community outreach settings, MUIH provides compassionate and affordable healthcare from student interns and professional practitioners, which delivers more than 20,000 clinical treatments and consultations each year. For more information visit www.muih.edu.

About National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC)

The National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) is a nonprofit affiliate of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). Its mission is to lead the advancement of health and wellness coaching by establishing professional standards and collaborative partnerships. NBHWC is a volunteer team of U.S. leaders who pioneered science-based training, education, and research of health and wellness coaches. Since 2010, NBHWC has consulted widely, developed a broad consensus, created national standards, and formed a partnership with the NBME in May 2016 to launch a National Board Certification for Health & Wellness Coaches in September of 2017. The objective of the professional credential National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC) is to provide a minimum standard and measure of foundational competencies: the knowledge, tasks and skills essential to the practice of health and wellness coaching. The application of coaching knowledge is assessed by the HWC Certifying Examination. Development and assessment of practical skills are provided by NBHWC approved health and wellness coach training and education programs, like those found at MUIH. For more information visit https://nbhwc.org.