With one of the nation’s only graduate degrees in health and wellness coaching, Maryland University of Integrative Health is a forerunner in one of the top careers of the decade. According to U.S. News & World Report, “Wellness coaches are being hired not only by individuals but by employers and health insurers as a likely cost-beneficial perk for their employees.”
As a graduate of the Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching program, you will be uniquely prepared to fill the growing demand for coaches with advanced knowledge and skills to help people take charge of their own health and create sustainable change. You will also enhance the scope of your skills by gaining expertise in integrative health and by working from a wellness perspective. This sets you apart from your peers and truly resonates with clients.
Career opportunities for Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching graduates include:
- Health and wellness coach in private and group practices
- Corporate health and wellness coach
- Health and wellness coach at fitness centers, medical centers, and other health-related organizations
- Faculty at colleges and universities
- Writer or publisher of books and articles
- Health researcher
The 30-credit program provides you with the skills and expertise to build a rewarding coaching practice or work in an organization so that you can help clients clarify their health goals, implement and sustain life-changing behaviors, and manage progress and accountability.
You will enhance the scope of your skills by selecting one of the following areas of concentration: Herbal Studies, Integrative Health Practices, Medical Herbalism, or Nutrition. See MUIH's website for more information about these concentrations.
- Expert faculty: Taught by leaders in the fields of health and wellness and coaching
- Relevant and current curriculum: Includes evidence-based models such as motivational interviewing; Prochaska’s change model; positive psychology; immunity to change theory; the emerging field of brain science; and skills in how to build a practice and inspire people to make positive, health-generating change
- Areas of concentration: Choices include integrative health practices, nutrition, herbal studies, and medical herbalism (for healthcare providers)
- Applied practice: Students work one-on-one with clients under faculty supervision to build coaching competencies and integrate content knowledge so that upon graduation they have the confidence and skills to work independently as health and wellness coaches
- International Coach Federation (ICF): Program provides ICF-approved Coach Specific Training Hours (ACSTH), a requirement to become an ICF-certified coach
- Approved transition program per the standards of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health & Wellness Coachings (NCCHWC)
- Flexibility: Delivered in online , on-campus, and hybrid formats to accommodate a variety of students' schedules and preferences.
Maryland University of Integrative Health is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The university's graduate degrees and certificates are endorsed by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
An applicant that has earned a bachelor’s degree or equivalent outside the United States, must submit an official evaluation from a foreign credential evaluation service confirming that the foreign degree earned is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate. Students must order this evaluation independently, and must be received in a sealed envelope.