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Winter Session Course: Health Coaching

Posted by Tim on November 13, 2014 in Academics, Winter Session

ES 461 Special Topics – Health Coaching and Behavior Modification

This course will provide an overview of behavior modification strategies related to health behaviors, including physical activity, nutrition, weight management, and tobacco cessation. Discusses principles of health coaching and provides students with practical experience utilizing coaching techniques. See course syllabus for more information.

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe scope of practice, professional ethics and competencies for health coaches.
  2. Apply health behavior theory to assess individual behaviors and motivation to change.
  3. Describe how motivation, knowledge, skills and attitude affect individual behavior change.
  4. Discuss how to address common barriers to adopting new health behaviors.
  5. Describe health coaching principles used to assist individuals in modifying health behaviors, such as exercise, diet, tobacco cessation, weight management and stress management.
  6. Practice health coaching techniques, such as motivational interviewing, active listening, values-based coaching, goal setting, guided imagery, and reframing.

Instructor: Heather Kearns, MPH, Master Certified Health Education Specialist

The course may be useful for undergraduate majors in exercise science, nursing, psychology, biomedical sciences, social work or any student entering a health profession.  Class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11:30am.