Program Director: Tom Lenz

Being healthy is not just about managing chronic disease or even preventing such conditions.  The programs in Health and Wellness at Creighton University focus on the creation of health by emphasizing the true causes of illness with a highly personal approach.  The programs use an interdisciplinary approach with a focus on whole person health to help individuals thrive in the communities in which the live, work and spend their time.  The suite of programs within Health and Wellness include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthy Lifestyle Management, a Graduate Certificate in Lifestyle Management, and an upcoming Master of Science degree in Health and Wellness Coaching and other Graduate Certificates. 

Program Goals

The Master of Science in Health and Wellness Coaching prepares students to:

  1. Have the knowledge, skills and values to work with people across their lifespan to improve their personal health and well-being so that they can thrive in the community in which they live, work and spend their time, and
  2. Work collaboratively with patients/clients and an interdisciplinary team to promote health and well-being with and for individuals with and without a chronic disease, and
  3. Successfully obtain nationally recognized credentialing in health and wellness coaching, and 
  4. Successfully pursue a career in the health and wellness industry.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the graduate programs in Health and Wellness include:

  1. Completed application form with $50 application fee
  2. Current resume
  3. Statement of purpose (2-3 pages, double-spaced) outlining the reasons for applying for admission and the intended goals
  4. Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  5. Three recommendations by persons familiar with the applicant's academic background, achievements and personal qualities
  6. Proof of regular access to the technology needed to take online courses
  7. Proof of completion of a health related degree, credentialing, or health related coursework

*All international applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 80 iBT (213 CBT/550PBT).

*Creighton University reserves the right to request GRE scores or a personal interview.

The Master of Science in Health and Wellness Coaching program is designed to prepare students to have the knowledge, skills and values to work inter-collaboratively with people across their lifespan to improve their personal health and well-being so that they can thrive in the community in which they live, work and spend their time. A core value of the program emphasizes the whole person health needs of an individual with emphasis on personal care. Students have the option of choosing a traditional research/practicum track or may choose an applied track and specialize in one of three areas related to health and wellness coaching: healthy aging, care coordination, or program design, evaluation and leadership.

Degree Programs

Graduate Certificates

Courses

HWC 501. Personal Development for the Health and Wellness Coach. 3 credits.

A fundamental component to health and wellness coaching is self-awareness, continuous personal development, daily reflection, personal balance, and the self-promotion of health and well-being. This course provides students with tools and practices to achieve and maintain these fundamental components.

HWC 591. Advanced Lifestyle Medicine. 2 credits.

Lifestyle medicine is the use of healthy lifestyle behaviors to prevent and treat chronic diseases. In this course, students will consider comprehensively applying lifestyle medicine strategies to healthy individuals, to those with chronic diseases, and as part of a self-care program. Students will also consider lifestyle medicine as its own medical explanatory framework for disease, illness and health.

HWC 650. Health Behavior Modification. 3 credits.

This course provides students with a broad perspective on the many factors that determine health, with emphasis on healthy lifestyle behaviors. Students will construct, implement and modify healthy lifestyle programs for case patients/clients with and without chronic disease and across the lifespan. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the pathophysiology and current treatment strategies of common chronic diseases. Students also learn how to evaluate and read research papers that are based on lifestyle medicine practices and procedures.

HWC 651. Nutrition for Chronic Disease. 3 credits.

This course reviews the basic principles of human nutrition with emphasis on the relationship between diet and health, and diet and disease. Students will learn and practice how to construct, implement, and modify personalized nutrition programs for patients/clients with and without chronic disease and across the lifespan. Students also learn how to evaluate and read research papers that are based on nutrition practices and procedures. P: HWC 591.

HWC 652. Exercise for Chronic Disease. 3 credits.

This course reviews the basic principles of aerobic and anaerobic fitness and their relationship with health and disease. Students will learn and practice how to construct, implement, and modify personalized exercise programs for patients/clients with and without chronic disease and across the lifespan. Students also learn how to evaluate and read research papers that are based on exercise practices and procedures. P: HWC 591.

HWC 653. Stress and Sleep Management. 3 credits.

This course studies stress and sleep and their respective impacts on health and chronic disease across the lifespan. Several stress management techniques are debated and practiced with emphasis on mind-body medicine and the relaxation response. Students also learn how to evaluate and read research papers that are based on stress and sleep management practices and procedures.

HWC 654. Healthy Aging Across the Lifespan. 3 credits.

This course presents an analysis of contemporary issues that contribute to health risk factors across the lifespan from infancy to elderly populations. Healthy aging will be discussed from the perspectives of clinical health, healthy lifestyle choices, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. The promotion of health and well-being will be emphasized across the lifespan.

HWC 655. Care Coordination and Team-Based Care. 3 credits.

This course will discuss the skills necessary to help patients successfully navigate through the healthcare system over the course of the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on the knowledge, skills and values needed to serve as a liaison between patients and their healthcare team and serve as a guide and advocate. Students will learn about team-based care dynamics and how to be an effective member of a team in a health and wellness setting.

HWC 670. Research Methods and Program Design. 3 credits.

This course will explore of quantitative and qualitative research techniques applicable to health and wellness literature and program design. By the end of the course, students will be able to evaluate research and the program designs of others. In addition, students will be able to design their own programs with the appropriate methods of evaluation.

HWC 760. Advanced Health and Wellness Coaching. 3 credits.

This advanced course will prepare students for health and wellness coaching through the practice of program design and implementation of individuals within the community. Special emphasis will also be placed on team building skills and business practices related to health and wellness coaching.

HWC 770. Capstone in Health and Wellness Coaching. 3 credits.

This independent study course pulls together the many topics and experiences that each student obtained fromtheir program course of study and applies the knowledge, skills and values learned towards an independent study project. Students reflect on their prior coursework, service, research, experiential training and their own personal journey with health and well-being to complete a portfolio in preparation for the next step of their professional career.

HWC 771. Field Research and Thesis Writing. 6 credits.

This course is taken by students who opt for the field research track with writing a thesis based on the field research findings. Students will closely interact with and be mentored by their advisor in collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data and when they write the thesis.

HWC 772. Library Research and Thesis Writing. 6 credits.

This course is taken by students who opt for the library research track with writing a thesis based on the library research findings. Students will closely interact with and be mentored by their advisor in searching for, analyzing, and interpreting data and when they write the thesis.

HWC 773. Practicum and Program Development. 6 credits.

This course is taken by students who opt for the practicum track with developing a program, assessment tool, educational material, etc. for a practicum organization supervised by someone within the organization and by the academic advisor. Both the academic advisor and the organization’s supervisor will assess the developed “product” and the academic advisor will assign the grade.

HWC 795. Directed Independent Study. 1-6 credits.

Students partcipate in independent scholarly projects under the supervision of a faculty member. P: Department consent.

HWC 798. Practicum in Health and Wellness Coaching. 3 credits.

Students who opt for the practicum track will work with a health/well-being-related organization to gain experience in the field of helath and wellness coaching. During the practicum, students will design and develop an independent project that is mutually beneficial to the student and the organization. Students will be supervised by someone within the organization and by a faculty instructor. Course is repeatable up to 6 credits. P: Department Consent.

HWC 799. Capstone in Health and Wellness Coaching. 3 credits.

This course is designed to challenge students to reflect upon the Health and Wellness Coaching curriculum with the goal of defining their vocation, creating their personal health coaching philosophy, and identifying evidence based strategies they plan to use in their future health coaching practice while considering the broad and distinct landscape of health and well-being. P: Department Consent.