In my first job out of grad school, I was fortunate enough to have my employer pay for my training as a Certified Health and Wellness Coach through the Wellcoaches Corporation. I didn’t realize at first how much this extra training would enhance my MPH skills. While the MPH focuses on macro health promotion, the health coaching certification introduces a micro approach to influencing individual health decisions. With both skill sets, I am even more prepared to impact individual and population health.
The Wellcoaches Certified Health and Wellness Coach Training is an 18-week course that covers the theoretical and practical skills of coaching. Classes are held via teleconference and students are able to sign up for a time slot that best fits their individual schedules. Students are awarded the CHWC certification after finishing the class, logging practice hours, and passing both a written and practical exam.
Health coaches are needed in doctors’ offices, community health centers, gyms, corporations, and more. Many health coaches even start their own businesses coaching private clients and have the flexibility of conducting their work from home or in a private office. The health coaching certification creates additional opportunities to get paid for your health promotion skills while enhancing your ability to impact individual health.
There are many organizations that offer health coaching training, such as The Cooper Institute, The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, American Council on Exercise, and others. Each program is unique, so check out which one works for you.