Health Sciences (Healthy Lifestyles Coaching), BS

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The BS program in health sciences with a concentration in healthy lifestyles coaching is designed to provide the academic knowledge and skills to allow students to move directly into a range of employment opportunities within the health and wellness fields or continue their education in discipline-specific programs.

Students complete an assortment of core courses that emphasize ethics, critical thinking, personal well-being, cultural awareness, fundamentals and prevention of chronic illnesses, behavior change, and coaching psychology.

The healthy lifestyles coaching interdisciplinary approach equips students with fundamental knowledge from diverse disciplines such as nutrition, fitness, stress management and substance abuse prevention. Students learn about evidence-based resources and practices recommended to improve the well-being needs of individuals and populations.

Students who complete this degree and one additional supervised coaching practical course are eligible for certification as a health and wellness coach through the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching.

Learn and practice the competencies needed to facilitate improved well-being of individuals and communities and sustain self-care. Your interdisciplinary study will focus on diverse disciplines such as nutrition, fitness, stress management, substance abuse, behavior change and coaching psychology.

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The BS program in health sciences with a concentration in healthy lifestyles coaching is designed to provide the academic knowledge and skills that allow students to move directly into a range of employment opportunities within the health and wellness fields or continue their education in discipline specific programs. The healthy lifestyles coaching interdisciplinary approach equips students to apply evidence-based practices in exercise prescription, wellness education and coaching psychology to help people adopt and maintain healthier habits and combat ongoing health problems caused by poor lifestyle choices.

Upon completion of the degree, students are qualified to sit for an exam to become certified personal trainers or fitness instructors. Also, students who complete this degree and one additional supervised coaching practical course are eligible for the National Board Certification for Health and Wellness Coaches offered by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches: http://www.nbhwc.org.

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Health Sciences (Healthy Lifestyles Coaching), BS

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Career outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for health coaches and health educators is projected to grow 21% from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and to reduce health care costs by teaching people about healthy habits and behaviors and utilization of available health care services.

Health, wellness and fitness coaches work in hospitals and health care facilities, schools, public health departments, nonprofit organizations, prevention agencies (e.g., American Heart Association), lifestyle and weight management consulting firms, outpatient fitness centers, university fitness and wellness centers, and private businesses.

Specialty areas may include:

  • bariatric weight loss clinic counseling and management
  • corporate fitness and worksite wellness
Career options include positions such as:
  • elder service or congregate meal program coordinator
  • fitness center director
  • group exercise specialist
  • health and patient educator
  • Healthy Start or corporate wellness coordinator
  • personal training
  • physical therapy technician
  • school health and nutrition program specialist
  • women, infants, children, and community nutrition aide
  • worksite wellness coach/coordinator

Students are also well-prepared for admission into graduate programs in health promotion, population health, lifestyle management, integrative health, health administration, psychology and medicine.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Coaches and Scouts 12.9%$32,270
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Fitness Trainers and Aerobics Instructors 10.1%$39,210
Fitness and Wellness Coordinators 10.6%$81,630
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other 11.7%$37,220
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists 8.1%$71,780
Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary 25.9%$97,870
Medical and Health Services Managers 20.5%$98,350

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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