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How long will it take?

The Health and Wellness Coaching Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is a 10 semester hour program of study.

Where will I take classes?

All required classes to earn a certificate can be completed online.

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Fall: August 12

Health and Wellness Coaching Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Jessica Alexander-White
[email protected]

Georgia State University's Health and Wellness Coach Certificate Program integrates nutrition and health knowledge with counseling skills. This online certificate program will provide a strong nutrition and health coaching background for students and professionals interested in pursuing coaching positions (nutrition and wellness promotion in government agencies and private industries).

  • Students will be taught the different behavior change theories, including motivational interviewing, transtheoretical model, social cognitive theory, and appreciative inquiry in order to support clients and patients in the process of change for improved health and well-being.
  • Students will train and practice using the client-centered approach to help clients engage in self-discovery, goal setting, active learning, and self-monitoring behaviors while maintaining their appropriate scope of practice.

This online certificate program will prepare students for careers in nutrition and health and wellness fields.

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Become a Certified Health and Wellness Coach

There are plenty of health coaching programs to choose from. Why should you choose Georgia State?
  • High-quality education - Georgia State is the #2 public university for Best Undergraduate Teaching and #2 for Most Innovative Schools in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. You can trust that you are getting a solid, evidence-based education, and your courses may be used for college credit.
  • NBHWC-approved – This program is approved by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC). The esteemed NBC-HWC credential represents training, education, and assessment standards which allows healthcare professionals, patients, clients, and employers to identify you as an expert in a competitive and expanding field.
  • Financial aid – As an approved certificate program offered by Georgia State, the Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate program is eligible for federal financial aid.
  • A focus on nutrition and health – Instructors are registered dietitians and NBHWC-certified health and wellness coaches with extensive training in nutrition, health, and wellness, in addition to clinical practice experience.
  • A safe and diverse space to learn and grow - Our program gives you the space and time to develop skills so that when practicing, you can be confident in your coaching knowledge and ability. The change process for your clients takes time and so does the learning process!

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Program Details

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A personal statement indicating the applicant’s interest in the program. The statement should be one to two paragraphs describing why you want to be a health coach and if you are interested in working with a specific population.
  • Contact information for two professional references that can be contacted if needed. Applicants will be notified before references are contacted.Reference information:
    • Name
    • Job Title
    • Relationship to applicant
    • Email address
    • Phone number

The Health and Wellness Coaching Post-Baccalaureate Certificate is an 10-credit hour online program of study.  The program consists of at least three courses:

  • NUTR 4500 Health Coaching I
  • NUTR 4550 Health Coaching II
  • NUTR 7200 Nutrition and Disease

The goal of this certificate is to provide student's with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively initiate, manage, and end coaching sessions with a diverse client population.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Organize and guide a coaching session from beginning to end using appropriate coaching
  • Apply appropriate responses to clients to reflect understanding and compassion (Reflective statements, Affirming statements, etc.)
  • Differentiate a client's readiness to explore a health and well-being vision and adjust coaching appropriately.
  • Accurately and appropriately incorporate health information into coaching sessions while staying within the scope of practice.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional conduct and code of ethics
    1. Show competence in legal factors of coaching, including confidentiality, HIPAA, and licensure
    2. Understand and show competence in the scope of practice
    3. Identify and make appropriate referrals for services outside of your scope of practice


These outcomes focus both on the cognitive and psychomotor objectives. The Health and Wellness Coaching Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program focuses on teaching students to apply concepts early in the program so that they will be proficient in incorporating different counseling theories into their practice.


Jessica Alexander-White
Clinical Instructor
[email protected]

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