College of Education

Health Coaching (Graduate Certificate)

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Health Coaching has been defined as, “…the practice of health education and health promotion within a coaching context, to enhance the wellbeing of individuals and to facilitate the achievement of their healthrelated goals” (Palmer et al., 2003). Health coaches help clients identify their goals, develop an action plan, and help put the plan into action while giving support and helping to motivate clients toward success. The Department of Kinesiology & Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky proposes a new 15-credit graduate certificate in health coaching designed to meet the supplemental education needs of current health promotion professionals and those training to become health promotion professionals. The graduate certificate would be open to any students who are already are or will be enrolled in a degree 7 program, or those who simply apply for postbaccalaureate (non-degree) status in order to complete the certificate, are eligible to apply for admission. 

Students may complete the certificate as a complement to a graduate disciplinary degree program or as a stand-alone curriculum. Students who are currently enrolled as a graduate student in a department at the University of Kentucky are encouraged to apply for the Health Coaching Graduate Certificate program early in their graduate studies.

Applications are accepted throughout the year and are considered on a rolling admission basis.

Note for current M.S. Health Promotion students: Students who are enrolled in the M.S. in Health Promotion program are eligible to count up to 9 credit hours from their program, requiring them to take six additional credit hours (on top of their M.S. curriculum) to complete the graduate certificate.

Application Deadlines

Fall: July 22

Spring: December 9

Applicants must meet the Graduate School admission requirements.