This program provides the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed to become skilled health and wellness coaches who help clients clarify health and wellness goals through introspection, leverage their strengths, address challenges in behavior change, implement and sustain life-changing behaviors, and manage both setbacks and progress. The program develops an understanding of behavior change theories and principles, excellence in core coaching competencies, and the skills necessary to help clients adopt individually designed attitudes and lifestyle changes most conducive to optimal health and wellness. Students build a broad view of health and wellness that incorporates both conventional measures of health that focus on the prevention of illness and disease and promotion of healthy lifestyles, as well as additional measures of health found in complementary and alternative health practices from a variety of wisdom traditions.
*This program is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
A program sheet, which provides a required coursework sequence, is available for download in the Courses tab below.
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The proposed graduate program in integrative health and wellness aligns with the institution’s mission by empowering students to realize their full potential through academic engagement. This unique, online graduate degree-seeking program will tap into the high demand field of preventative and integrative health. Graduates for this degree program will have the skill set to contribute responsibly and creatively to a complete 21st Century global society.
Method of Delivery
The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Credit and transfer
Total semester hours required: 30
This program is offered entirely online. Though a student may choose to sign-up for a face-to-face elective or core course, one can earn this degree completely online.
UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited university of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen. In addition, online courses and programs can mean a huge cost-savings in many non-evident ways: No more high gas charges. No childcare needed. The flexibility can allow one to maintain a job while attending school. Regardless of state residency, out-of-state non-resident students are not charged non-resident tuition for online course credit hours.
- Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
- The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
- Face-to-Face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
- Fully or entirely online course tuition rates and fees my vary depending on the program. Students enrolled in exclusively online courses do not pay non-Resident rates.
- Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
- One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, they will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
- For the cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Student Accounts and Billing Services website
There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.
This program is 100% online.
CMWL-6100 - Lifestyle Medicine and Integrative Health
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.
CMWL-6200 - Behavior Change Models, Methods and Theories
This course is designed to examine the accepted theories, models, and methods for facilitating behavior change initiation and adherence. Common topics will include but are not limited to the self-determination theory, social cognitive theory, theory of planned behavior, transtheoretical model, broaden and build model, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, and self-compassion.
CMWL-6300 - Mind Body Medicine
Students in this course will examine the relationship between the mind, body, and behavior. Students will explore and apply physical, emotional, social, and spiritual factors that impact resilience and well-being. An emphasis will be placed on mindfulness and spirituality to promote social emotional learning and resilience in patients and wellness professionals.
CMWL-6400 - Exercise and Nutrition for Health and Healing
This course evaluates the critical role that physical activity, exercise, and nutrition play in preventing and treating chronic diseases. Students will examine current research, established guidelines and best practices in order to design and deliver comprehensive lifestyle interventions that optimize health, healing, and well-being.
CMWL-6500 - Health Technologies
This course evaluates effective and equitable uses of health technologies within the health and wellness industries to support long-term behavior change and improved well-being. Students will examine the science, design and real world application of these innovative technologies as an affordable and practical tool to deliver lifestyle interventions aimed at preventing and managing chronic disease.
CMWL-6600 - Wellness Law and Entrepreneurship
This course provides an overview of the legal landscape, leadership and entrepreneurship skills, and ethical responsibilities around the development of an integrative health and wellness coaching business. Students will learn to develop a coaching business that leverages their skills and interests while also reducing legal risk.
CMWL-6700 - Personal and Professional Development for the Health and Wellness Coach
This course provides students with leadership development, social emotional learning skills, problem solving skills, effective decision making, and team building skills to aid in personal growth and professional development.
CMWL-7000 - Advanced Health and Wellness Coaching
This course is designed to advance the theoretical understanding and practical application of health and wellness coaching skills. Students will apply health and wellness coaching knowledge and skills via case studies, real-world application, and supervision by NBHWC faculty. This course will also provide specific application to health and wellness coaching design and implementation across a myriad of settings.
CMWL-7100 - Capstone (Culminating Experience)
This course will help students apply the 24 hours of coursework in integrative health and wellness coaching. Students will develop a health and wellness coaching mission statement, create a coaching manual, provide real-world coaching sessions, receive supervision and feedback, and develop long-term behavior change techniques based on theory and peer-reviewed research. This course presents opportunities for students to pursue practical work in their chosen field of study that relates to their professional plans. It is expected that the student has completed coursework and the necessary experience to carry out the objectives of the course as well as possess the habits and motivation to be of benefit to the client or sponsoring agency. Furthermore, the student must understand that he/she represents the University of West Georgia during the entire course and therefore should act professionally and ethically at all times.
EDRS-6301 - Introduction to Research in the Human Sciences
Students will become successful consumers of research through the introduction of principles of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods designs. Within these categories of research, students will learn the foundations of action research and single subject research.
Guidelines for Admittance
- All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
- See Graduate Studies Application Process.
- International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
- Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Graduate Admissions Office.
Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
All applicants to the MS in Integrative Health and Wellness must submit the following:
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- 2 letters of professional recommendation (i.e. employer, faculty member)
- 2-3 page Statement of Purpose
Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School
Admission Process Checklist
The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here.
Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School
Upon completion of this program students will be able to:
- Demonstrate the professional qualities, relationship skills, and behaviors that comprise a healing presence
- Demonstrate the range of both practice and evidence-informed coaching skills needed to facilitate sustainable behavior change in clients.
- Apply a wide variety of theories, principles, and coaching practices that promote behavior change.
- Integrate an understanding of conventional and complementary health perspectives to develop a comprehensive understanding of health and wellness in a variety of settings.
- Develop skills to accurately review and evaluate research literature from the field of health and wellness coaching for application to coaching practice.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the core competencies and an understanding of the ethical codes and Scope of Practice of the International Coaching Federation and the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching.
- Develop a business plan based upon concepts, principles, and sound practices of integrated health management.