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Wellness Coaching Interest Area

Exercise and sport science majors can become a certified wellness coach.

What is Wellness Coaching?

Wellness coaching is an emerging profession with roots in applied behavioral science and adult development, and has recently embraced positive psychology.

Behavioral scientists have shown that one-on-one coaching is among the most effective approaches to helping people make and sustain improvements in their lives.

The relationship between a coach and client offers a profound level of support, guidance and encouragement to making changes without being judgmental. A coach enables change by focusing on a client's stated needs, values, vision and goals and helping to bring out his or her personal best.

Source: International Coaching Federation (ICF) website.

Which Courses Are Required?

You must be enrolled in a health promotion or exercise and sport science program (for exceptions, contact Dr. Michael Olpin).

  • HLTH 2400 Mind/Body Wellness (3)
  • HLTH 3200 Methods in Health Education (3)
  • HLTH 4700 Wellness Coaching (3)

In these courses, you will:

  • Develop International Coaching Federation (ICF) core coaching competencies
  • Practice and refine your wellness coaching skills, using best practice standards and evidence-based research
  • Prepare for the Wellcoaches/ACSM® course and certification
  • Increase marketable skill sets and competitive edge to meet workplace demands


Contact Dr. Michael Olpin at 801-626-6485 or