Certificate in Health Behavior Coaching
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Health Behavior Coaches complement the work of other health and medical professionals by functioning as supportive mentors that motivate, facilitate and empower clients or patients: (1) to adopt positive and lasting health behavior changes, (2) to become accountable for their own health, and (3) to comply with health/medical recommendations that promote health and wellness and enhance overall well-being.
VCU's post-baccalaureate graduate certificate in Health Behavior Coaching prepares professionals to serve a critical role on the interdisciplinary healthcare delivery team in the emerging preventative health care model in the U.S. Whether a clinical professional or health promotion professional, you will develop and enhance your professional competencies and skills that facilitate a client/patient-centered approach which assists them in determining their own personal health goals and action plans.
The post-baccalaureate graduate certificate in Health Behavior Coaching is now 100% online, with both synchronous and asynchronous coursework, and can be completed as a full-time or as a part-time student. Successful completion of the program requires a minimum of 21 graduate credit hours beyond the baccalaureate level. The coursework consists of 17 core credit hours plus four credit hours in a selected focus area.
The program may prepare students for credentialing as a Certified Health Education Specialist (C.H.E.S.), as administered by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (NCHEC), and may be applied towards the Master of Science (M.S.) in Health and Movement Sciences.
|Course Title||Credit Hours|
|HEMS 640||Health Care Organization and Delivery in the U.S.||3|
|HEMS 641||Human Disease Prevention, Prevalence and Lifestyle Risk Factors||3|
|HEMS 642||Theoretical Foundations of Health Behavior Change||3|
|HEMS 643||Fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing||1|
|HEMS 644||Advanced Motivational Interviewing||1|
|HEMS 647||Concepts and Applications in Chronic Disease Self-Management||3|
|HEMS 695||Externship: Health Behavior Coaching||3|
|Specified Elective Courses||Credit Hours|
|Select a specified pair of elective courses based on your focus area:|
|HEMS 645||Application of Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Settings||1|
|HEMS 648||Health Behavior Change Counseling Techniques for Clinical Interventions||3|
|HEMS 646||Application of Motivational Interviewing in Group/Community Settings||1|
|HEMS 649||Planning, Implementing and Evaluating Group/Community-focused Health Behavior Change Interventions||3|
|Total graduate credit hours (minimum)||21|
Receiving a C or below in two courses constitutes an automatic dismissal from the program. Courses with a grade below C cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements.
Admission to the Certificate in Health Behavior Coaching requires that prospective students:
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