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Health Coach - Certificate

The undergraduate health coach certificate provides a rigorous academic and theoretical background in three components of health (nutrition, exercise and motivational coaching) required to prepare workers for the challenges of being a health coach. The certificate provides additional credentials for students already pursuing a bachelor's degree in food science and human nutrition, kinesiology, or psychology. Students would be able to sit for the American Council on Exercise exam should they choose to do so.

Any Iowa State University student may apply for the undergraduate health coach certificate. Application form The completed application should be submitted to the academic adviser in the student’s home department: Food Science and Human Nutrition – Anne Oldham Kinesiology – Marsha Wissink Psychology – Kristin Towers.

The Health Coach certificate requires 23 credits:

Note: Pre-requisites apply for all courses required in the health coach certificate.

FS HN 265Nutrition for Active and Healthy Lifestyles3
FS HN 364Nutrition and Prevention of Chronic Disease3
or FS HN 365 Obesity and Weight Management
FS HN 361Nutrition and Health Assessment2
KIN 458Principles of Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription4
KIN 467Exercise and Health: Behavior Change3
PSYCH 422Counseling Theories and Techniques3
PSYCH 485Health Psychology3
FS HN 495Practicum2
or KIN 494A
KIN 494B
Practicum in Motivational Interviewing for Health: Principles of Motivational Interviewing
and Practicum in Motivational Interviewing for Health: Supervised Experience
Total Credits23