Institute for Transformational Leadership

Health Coaching

Health Coaching

Ideal for Individuals seeking to join the health and wellness fields as a health coach and current health professionals interested in learning about the health coaching role and/or expanding their own skill set and advancing within health, wellness, or preventive care.
Program Format This cohort-based program combines traditional classroom learning with interactive experiential methodology. Classes typically meet for three consecutive days – Wednesday through Friday — at our downtown Washington, D.C. campus. Students also complete a 30 hour practicum.
Program Length Six courses – including the 30 hour practicum are completed in sequence over six months.
Program Cost Total program tuition including all six courses is $6,995.00, not including textbooks.

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Start Date Spring 2018 (Tentatively January)- Application will be available July 2017.

Program Overview

The Certificate in Health Coaching program is a collaboration between the Georgetown University Medical Center and the Institute for Transformational Leadership at the School of Continuing Studies. The program prepares students to be health coaches and covers wellness-oriented coaching, the psychology of behavior change in a health context, and the fundamentals of chronic disease.

Our program is distinct in that it adopts a holistic approach to health coaching based on Georgetown University's core value of cura personalis, or Care of the Person, which calls on health practitioners to address the whole person - mind, body, and spirit - of those they care for. Students examine health and wellness topics, engage in mindfulness activities, practice individual and group coaching, incorporate self-reflection into their practice, and achieve competency through a supervised practicum.

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate skills in mindfulness, motivational interviewing, and facilitating behavior change
  • Conduct one-on-one and group coaching sessions toward positive and healthy behavior change
  • Develop an individualized health coaching approach
  • Understand the business elements of a health coaching practice

Industry Accreditation

The International Consortium for Health & Wellness Coaching (ICHWC) has qualified the Georgetown University Health Coaching program as an Approved Transition Program per the ICHWC’s professional standards.

Certificate Requirements

To receive the Certificate in Health Coaching from Georgetown University, students must successfully complete six (6) required courses for a total of 12.75 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), which is equivalent to 127.5 contact hours. The program must be completed in sequence as a cohort over the six-month duration of the program.

  Course Name Course Type CEUs
1 Psychology of Behavior Change Required 2.25
2 Health Coaching Fundamentals Required 1.50
3 Health Coaching Skills I Required 2.25
4 Health Coaching Skills II Required 1.50
5 The Business of Health Coaching Required 2.25
6 Health Coaching Practicum Required 3.00
Total 6 Required Courses   12.75

See below for course schedules and application information.

Program Prerequisites

In order to ensure that there is a baseline of knowledge and experience of students in the cohort, applicants must meet at least two of following pre-requisites:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Completion of a degree or licensure in a related field (i.e. nursing, social work, psychology, counseling, nutrition, personal training/fitness)
  • Completion of a related educational program and/or training program (i.e. patient navigation, leadership coaching)
  • A minimum of one year of employment in a related field (i.e. home health care, social work, social services support, fitness, nutrition, allied health). On a case-by-case basis, volunteer experience in a related field will also be considered as an alternative to the employment pre-requisite.

Applicants must also be open to feedback, capable of self-examination, and willing to challenge their own beliefs.

International Students

Georgetown University cannot sponsor student visas for non-credit professional certificate programs, however, international students who enter the U.S. on a valid visa are eligible to enroll in courses. For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions. A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program.

Application Process

The Health Coaching certificate program has a selective admissions process. For each cohort, an application review committee offers admission to a select and diverse group of students to enrich the classroom experience.

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted online through the MySCS Portal. Applicants are responsible for uploading all required application materials by the posted deadline for their desired semester of entry. Students will be notified of their admission decision via e-mail within 2-4 weeks after the application deadline.

Applicants are encouraged to review cohort schedules before applying to confirm that they are able to commit to all scheduled course dates required to successfully complete the program.?


Health Coaching Fundamentals
Health Coaching Practicum
Health Coaching Skills I
Health Coaching Skills II
Psychology of Behavior Change
The Business of Health Coaching

Course Schedule

Course Name Semester and Section
Psychology of Behavior Change
Health Coaching Practicum
Health Coaching Fundamentals
Health Coaching Skills I
Health Coaching Skills II
The Business of Health Coaching
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