Health and Wellness Coaching (Master of Science)

Program Availability

Creighton’s new online Master of Science in health and wellness coaching (MS-HWC) prepares you to fill a growing need in the changing landscape of health care. More and more, health care providers and other professionals collaborate to help individuals improve and maintain overall well-being.

The health and wellness coaching program prepares you to work with a health care team and one-on-one with clients to help them thrive. You’ll help clients see wellness as a lifelong journey in which they can be empowered to make good choices for their health.

In this interdisciplinary program, you’ll learn from faculty members and practitioners in medicine, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, pharmacy, public health, health promotion, exercise physiology, and medical anthropology. With this broad foundation, we prepare you to be a part of a diverse team as you gain an understanding of the many dimensions of health and wellness. You’ll learn about aspects of personal health, such as nutrition and stress management. In addition, you’ll learn coaching skills like conflict resolution, program design and communication skills.

Outcomes

Professional opportunities are abundant with a degree in Health & Wellness Coaching. Career possibilities available to graduates in this field include:

Health Educators and Health Coaches

  • Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families and communities achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles
  • The national median salary for health educators is $50,430 per year.
  • Employment for health educators is projected to grow 15 - 21% from 2012 to 2022, faster than average for all occupations.
  • Find out more at http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/21-1091.00

Wellness Coordinators

  • Manage or coordinate wellness programs and services in employer and community settings
  • The national median salary for wellness coordinators is $72,020 per year.
  • Employment for wellness coordinators is projected to grow 8 - 14% from 2012 to 2022, average for all occupations.
  • The 2015 Employee Benefits Report by the Society for Human Resource Management states that 70% of U.S. employers currently offer wellness programs, and an additional 8% plan to offer one in the next 12 months.
  • Find out more at http://www.onetonline.org/link/details/11-9039.02

Community Health Professionals

  • Community health professionals work in a variety of positions within the community to improve health and well-being by discussing health concerns with members of specific populations or communities.
  • The national median salary for community health workers is $42,450 per year.
  • Employment for wellness coordinators is projected to grow 13% from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.
  • Find out more at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/health-educators.htm

If you are already working in the health care or wellness fields, a master’s degree in Health and Wellness Coaching will enhance your professional skill set by providing advanced training.

Note: Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment settings and job opportunities in your geographic area may vary.

What You'll Learn

  • Gain advanced training needed to work with individuals to improve health, in areas such as:
    •  Motivational interviewing
    • Behavior change strategies
    • Client goal setting techniques
    • Advanced lifestyle medicine
    • Assessment and evaluation strategies
    • Stress and sleep management
    • Exercise and nutrition for chronic disease
  • Learn how to work effectively as part of a team of health care professionals
  • Learn problem-solving skills to address health concerns
  • Learn how to develop, implement and evaluate health lifestyle programming
  • Learn how to apply the Jesuit value of cura personalis–care for the person–to whole-person health
  • Understand social justice issues in relation to health and healthcare

Curriculum

The MS-HWC consists of 36 credits and is delivered via eight-week online courses. Review the complete curriculum.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for admission include:

  • completed application form with application fee
  • current resume
  • statement of purpose (2-3 pages, double-spaced) outlining the reasons for applying and your intended goals
  • bachelor’s degree or higher, evidenced by official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Three (3) recommendations by persons familiar with the applicant’s academic background, achievements and personal qualities
  • a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based) for students for whom English is not their first language
  • proof of regular access to the technology needed to take online courses
  • proof of completion of a health-related degree, credentialing, health-related coursework, or program’s consent

Creighton University reserves the right to request GRE scores or a personal interview.

Tuition & Scholarships

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