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SPHS540 - Health and Wellness Coaching and Behavior Change

Course Details

Course Code: SPHS540 Course ID: 4724 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines a range of health related coaching skills including observation, active listening, asking the right questions, and motivating clients to facilitate changes toward health and fitness goals. Students explore coaching strategies for various health and wellness professional settings such as corporate wellness and health promotion, community health organizations, personal training, senior adult, and clients with lifestyle-related diseases. Competencies in health and wellness coaching include building rapport with clients; helping clients identify goals, helping clients identify strategies for action plans geared toward reaching their goals, and building accountability measures to ensure compliance and success. (Prerequisites: SPHS501 and SPHS503)


Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
06/24/19 - 11/29/19 12/02/19 - 01/26/20 Fall 2019 Session D 8 Week session
09/30/19 - 02/28/20 03/02/20 - 04/26/20 Winter 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

LO1: Develop interviewing techniques designed to assess general health in clients and gather information necessary to design appropriate programs.

LO2: Examine tools designed to facilitate health and exercise programming and subsequent accountability strategies.

LO3: Assess health and wellness coaching strategies and organizations.

LO4: Develop exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle change strategies for a diverse group of clients.

LO5: Design appropriate strategies for clients from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Introductory Forum 3.33 %
Forum 1 3.33 %
Forum 2 3.33 %
Forum 3 3.33 %
Forum 4 3.33 %
Forum 5 3.33 %
Forum 6 3.33 %
Forum 7 3.33 %
Forum 8 3.33 %
Assignments 30.00 %
Assignment 1 Week 1 10.00 %
WK 2 -Assignment 2: S.M.A.R.T. Contract 10.00 %
Week 6 Assignment 10.00 %
Final Assignment 40.00 %
Final Assignment Due WEEK 8 40.00 %

Required Readings: all reading resources are found within the resource section of the class

Additional Resources:

Students should utilize all resources in the resource folder


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address


American College of Sports Medicine

Just Move Foundation

My Plate

Book Title:There are no required books for this course.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.