Health Coach Certificate

Become a Certified Health Coach

The Affordable Care Act and the increasing need to prevent and treat chronic diseases through behavioral changes are creating new employment opportunities for those who have recognizable credentials (certification) in an
increasingly recognized specialty (health coaching).

The Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences at the Texas A&M School of Public Health has been training health professionals in health behavior change techniques for almost twenty years.  And now, we have a new program designed especially to train Health Coaches.

Health Coaches are a new and vital part of our evolving health care system.  They work independently or with
primary care providers and employers to help clients, patients and employees achieve health care goals.  The
benefits to using a health coach are substantial: they can tailor-fit a health promotion program to a client; they can help primary care providers more efficiently and effectively deliver care; and they can help employers reduce health care costs and maintain a healthier workforce.

While many different courses and programs may provide some skills useful in health coaching, having a certificate in health coaching from an accredited school of public health gives you an advantage.

Our program is unique in several ways:

  • It is focused on the prevention and management of chronic disease—it is not an athletic training program.
  • It contains graduate-level training on the etiology of common chronic diseases, so you can speak with confidence to health care providers and to clients.
  • It is based on a rigorous up-to-date review of diet and lifestyle research.
  • It requires mastery of current clinical guidelines for the prevention and treatment of common chronic diseases. 
  • It provides focused training and practice in techniques of motivational interviewing and other valuable behavior change techniques.

The certificate program is open to all graduate students of Texas A&M and requires four courses (12 credits)—listed below:

HPCH 603*: Social and Behavioral Determinants of Health
or HPCH 604: Social Ecology & Health Behavior
HPCH 607*: Biology of Health and Common Diseases
HPCH 640*: Diet and Lifestyle Interventions for Obesity, Diabetes, and CVD
HPCH 641*: Coaching Health Behavior Change

*These courses are available online and accommodate varying schedules. 

You are invited to enroll in these classes.  Upon satisfactory completion of the four classes (you must earn an “A” or a “B” in each class), you will be awarded a Certificate in Health Coaching from the Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences.

For further questions please contact:

Mary Pipkin