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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Curriculum and Course Schedule

Page address: http://ahn.mnsu.edu/wellnesscoaching/curriculum.html

This is a 30-credit degree cohort program to be completed in two academic years and one summer. Students can choose the internship option (3 credits), manuscript option (3 credits), or thesis option (3-6 credits) for the capstone project.

All required courses in this program are online courses.

Required

Fall Year 1

WCDP 617: Principles of Wellness Coaching, 3 credits
HLTH 654: Disease and Prevention in Public Health, 3 credits

Spring Year 1

WCDP 577: Behavior Change Foundations and Strategies, 3 credits
FCS 625: Nutrition is Medicine, 3 credits

Summer Year 1

HP 610: *Statistical Methods (required for thesis), 3 credits
HLTH 551: Emotional Health and Stress, 3 credits

Fall Year 2

WCDP 650: Advanced Wellness Coaching, 3 credits
HLTH 630: *Techniques of Research in Health (required for thesis), 3 credits

Spring Year 2

HP 687: Exercise is Medicine, 3 credits
FCS 699: Capstone Project: Internship (3), or Manuscript ( 3 credits), or Thesis (3-6 credits), 3-6 credits

Elective

PSYC 578: Health Psychology, 4 credits

Total required for master’s: 30-36 credits

Questions?

Lynnette M. Engeswick
Chair of Human Performance
lynnette.engeswick@mnsu.edu


Course Descriptions

WCDP 617 (3) Principles of Wellness Coaching
This course contains content associated with achieving entry-level certifications for wellness coaching. Health behavior change strategies are emphasized within the context of the health coaching theory, coaching relationship skills, well-being assessment, and goal setting.

HLTH 654 (3) Disease and Prevention in Public Health
Human health problems comprise a wide range of infectious, degenerative, and genetically-based disease factors. In addition to these factors, human disease results from a wide range of environmental and socially- caused pathologies. This course presents the basic scientific and biomedical concepts of modern public health problems and explores, in depth, mechanisms and models of the major categories of disease. The biologic principles presented in this course are foundations to developing and implementing public health disease prevention, control, or management programs in the student’s future.

WCDP 577 (3) Behavior Change Foundations and Strategies
WCDP 577 (3) Behavior Change Foundations and Strategies Behavior Change Foundations and Strategies is a course that focuses upon the complexity of health behavior change and the skills necessary for wellness coaches to assess, plan, and evaluate behavior change interventions for individuals and communities. Health behavior change theories and strategies will be discussed. Topics covered in class will include: behavior modification, goal setting, self-management, coping skills, and social support. Emphasis will be placed upon the application of theory and foundations to wellness coaching and disease prevention.

FCS 625 (3) Nutrition is Medicine
FCS 625 (3) Nutrition is Medicine Using a population health management perspective, students will gain a strong foundation in the science of nutrition as medicine and the application of nutrition in prevention in coordination with the healthcare team.

HP 610 (3) Statistical Methods
Introduction to the concepts of descriptive and inferential statistics, applied and theoretical research, and validity and reliability methods used in the disciplines of physical education, human performance, and exercise science.

* Prerequisite: an undergraduate or graduate level statistics class or a “test and measurement” class.

HLTH 551 (3) Emotional Health and Stress
The course examines the foundations of emotional health and explores methods for promoting and maintaining emotional health. Emphasis is on recognition of, and enhancing awareness about, how stress affects human health and performance. Stress management techniques such as relaxation, effective communication, cognitive-behavioral approaches, eating behaviors, regular exercise, and time management are explored.

WCDP 650 (3) Advanced Wellness Coaching
In the course Advanced Wellness Coaching students will have an opportunity to further develop their one-on-one and/or group coaching skills with a variety of clientele. In addition, students will further develop their diversity/intercultural communication skills as it relates to health behavior change and the coaching relationship.

HLTH 630 (3) Techniques of Research in Health
Examines and applies research methods common to health science. Requires an extensive literature review. This course should be taken near the end of a graduate program when the student is ready to begin work on the thesis or alternate plan paper. The student must have completed a plan of study prior to enrollment.

HP 687 (3) Exercise is Medicine
HP 687 (3) Exercise is Medicine Using a population health management perspective, students will gain a strong foundation in the physiology of exercise as medicine and the application of exercise prescription in coordination with the healthcare team.

PSYC 578 (4) Health Psychology
The interface of behavioral and medical science is explored. Research on environmental and learning factors in the etiology and treatment of physical disease and rehabilitation is examined. Specific topics include pain management, medical compliance, behavior disorders in nursing homes, and chronic illnesses.

*Prerequisite: Three courses in PSYC V

FCS 699 (3-6) Thesis