Health Coaching Certificate Program

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About the program

The Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching at the University of Delaware provides students and professionals working in with the knowledge and skills to facilitate positive behavior change to promote health and reduce chronic disease risk and experience. Program training serves to develop health coaching skills that will:

  • Help people clarify their health goals and implement and sustain behaviors, lifestyles, and attitudes that are conducive to optimal health
  • Guide people in their self-care and health-maintenance activities
  • Assist people in reducing the negative impact made on their lives by chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes

This graduate certificate program allows students to take courses (15 credit hours) specializing in health coaching to enhance their academic and professional experience. Students have worked towards the graduate certificate while pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree. Students have also enrolled in this graduate certificate program solely for the purpose of personal and professional development. All students must achieve a cumulative 3.0 (B) grade point average in each graduate certificate course in order to receive the graduate certificate.

Courses in the Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching program are offered on campus face to face in late afternoons and/or early evenings to accommodate working professionals and students in other programs. Full-time students may take two courses per semester and complete the 120-hour clinical practicum during the summer months or in the subsequent year. For working professionals who choose to enroll on a part-time basis, one course per semester is recommended over the course of two years and the practicum hours may be extended over the course of two semesters.

Upon completion graduates are eligible to take the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching Certification as a Health & Wellness Coach.

Admission to the Health Coaching Certificate Program is determined by the satisfactory completion of the following:

  • A health-related undergraduate degree from an accredited institute of higher education (e.g. behavioral health, nutrition, exercise science, nursing, or related discipline(s).
  • Health professionals with master’s or doctoral degrees may choose to participate in this program. Individuals with a non-health-related undergraduate degree but with commensurate and demonstrable experience in behavioral health and/or health care are also eligible to apply.
  • Successful completion of the University of Delaware Graduate College application including official transcript(s), 3 letters of recommendation, and an application essay. Applications are accepted until July 1 for fall admission. 

Acceptance into the program will be determined by a faculty committee comprised of those that teach in the program curriculum. Qualifications of each applicant are assessed on the basis of a record of success in undergraduate work and potential for success in graduate-level work or demonstrated success in graduate work. If academic deficiencies are identified applicants may be required to take prerequisite courses prior to formal admission. Review of applications and admissions are conducted on a rolling basis.

UD Tuition

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Credit Requirements

  • HLPR 630 Behavior Change Strategies (3 cr)
  • HLPR 631 Health Coaching (3 cr)
  • HLPR 605 Concepts of Chronic Disease Management (3 cr)
  • HLPR 650 Healthy Lifestyles: Mind, Body, Behavior (3 cr)
  • HLPR 664 Health Coaching Practicum (3 cr)


Upon completion of the 12 credit hours of didactic course work and the 3 credit, 120 hour practicum, students must take a qualifying exam to receive a certificate of completion. The exam format involves two 45 to 60 min coaching sessions with a standardized patient under the observation of two health coaching program faculty.