Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies

Medical and Healthcare Programs

Medical and Healthcare Programs

Health Coaching

Program Description

A Health Coach is a wellness authority and supportive mentor who motivates individuals to cultivate positive health choices. The Certificate in Health Coachingis designed for healthcare and wellness professionals who desire to educate and support clients to achieve health goals through lifestyle and behavior modification. This program will help individuals develop effective, efficient, and integrative interpersonal coaching skills while maintaining a supportive environment for behavior change. The Certificate in Health Coaching prepares individuals to work with diverse groups of people and have the tools necessary to meet client needs by combining a strong coaching emphasis along with competencies in nutrition, mindfulness, and physical health.

The Jesuit value of cura personalis (care for the whole person) is both integral to the core values of Georgetown University and to the goals of a health coach working to promote wellness by addressing the mind, body, and spirit. As such, this certificate provides formalized health coaching education with a focus on holistic care.

As a key component of the curriculum, participants will develop a Health Coaching Approach for serving client needs. Upon completion, students will have the tools to effectively plan, market, and implement their individualized Health Coaching Approach. Through the Health Coaching Modules I, II & III course, students will further refine this plan to develop specific strategies relevant to common health conditions. Practical application will include engagement in community meetings, a supervised practicum, and group coaching sessions. In addition, courses will include lessons on facilitating individual coaching sessions and creating a successful coaching practice.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the Certificate in Health Coaching, participants will:

  • Learn to become a proficient health coach, with skills in motivational interviewing and experience working with volunteer clients
  • Understand the psychology of behavior change
  • Be able to work one-on-one or with groups to implement and maintain change in lifestyle and/or health behaviors
  • Develop an individualized Health Coaching Approach with condition specific strategies
  • Gain exposure to career opportunities in health coaching and the business development of a successful coaching practice

Course Sequence

Designed For

  • Healthcare and wellness professionals seeking a career transition or advancement
  • Health administration or health allied professionals interested in learning about the health coaching role, as well as a desire to expand their own skill set and role within health, wellness, and/or preventive care
  • Individuals seeking to join the healthcare and wellness fields as a health coach

Program Format

The Certificate in Health Coaching is a cohort-based program combining traditional classroom learning with interactive experiential methodology. Over the 5-month program students will complete a total of 128 program hours (88 hours of instruction and 40 practicum hours). The program offers a personal and transformative learning environment for students to gain a deep understanding of the material, as well as understanding the path of coaching a client towards positive behavior change.

Each course will feature readings and online exercises as preparation for class meetings, which are designed to then discuss and apply the course content.Practical application includes engagement in community meetings, group coaching sessions, and a 40-hour practicum. The program coaching advisors supervise the practicum experience. Although students will be provided with guidance by the coaching advisors and program faculty, it is ultimately the responsibility of the student to secure their practicum. Participants may begin the practicum after the third course. It is recommended that a participant spread out the 40 hours in order to maximize the opportunity for application. All 40 hours must be completed by February 1 for the Fall term and July 1 for the Spring term.

Due to the experiential nature of the program, attendance is required for every class meeting and online session, as well as successful completion of all assignments. Courses must also be taken in the outlined sequence over one term. To enroll, students must complete an application and be accepted. Courses are not available for independent enrollment.

Program Schedule

Each course meets on Wednesday/Thursday to Friday from 8:30 am-5:30 pm. There are two courses in the first month and then one per month following.

Course Name Day Spring ’14 Dates Fall ’14 Dates Time
Health Coaching Fundamentals Thursday
Feb 13, 14 Sept 11, 12 8:30 AM-
5:30 PM
Psychology of Behavior Change Thursday
Feb 27, 28 Sept 25, 26 8:30 AM-
5:30 PM
Health Coaching Skills Thursday
Mar 20, 21 Oct 16, 17 8:30 AM-
5:30 PM
Health Coaching Modules I, II, & III Wednesday
Apr 9, 10,
Nov 12, 13, 14 8:30 AM-
5:30 PM
The Business of Health Coaching Thursday
May 8, 9 Dec 11, 12 8:30 AM-
5:30 PM

Program Requirements

Successful completion of all six courses, for a total of 128 hours (including the practicum) is required to receive the Certificate in Health Coaching. All six courses must be completed in sequence over one term.

Application Process

For information regarding the application process, please visit the How to Apply page.


Tuition for this program is $6,995.00. Full payment is due at the time of enrollment and is subject to our refund policy (refer to Resources and Policies for details). An interest free payment plan is available, which divides the full tuition cost into three installments between registration and program completion. Third party payment is also available if an employer has arranged to cover a percentage or all of the tuition costs.

These prices do not include associated course costs, such as textbooks and supplies.


The faculty who teach in the Certificate in Health Coaching are leaders and experts in the healthcare and wellness profession with a passion for teaching and making contributions to the field.

Contact Us

For more information or to speak to program staff, please fill out a Request Information form or call 202-687-2246.



Minimum Required:  6.0  Courses
    XMED-520   Health Coaching Fundamentals
    XMED-521   Psychology of Behavior Change
    XMED-522   Health Coaching Skills
    XMED-523   Health Coaching Modules I, II, & III
    XMED-524   The Business of Health Coaching
    XMED-525   Health Coaching Practicum