Applying Health Coaching in Patient Care

Course 4 of 4: Professional Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine: Improving the Future of Health Care 3 weeks total 5 – 10 hours each week recommended

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About this course

For health practitioners, having knowledge of treatment protocols is not enough. They must be able to inspire behavior change in their patients. In order for the treatment to be effective patients must be empowered to implement therapeutic approaches in their lives.

In this course, you will learn about health coaching, which is an effective method for helping patients change their behaviors. Health coaching uses a blend of evidence-based strategies, interventions and communication to actively and safely engage patients. You will learn the core components of health coaching that can be applied to patient care, such as positive psychology, motivation, establishing trust and goal setting.


What you’ll learn

  • Recognize why health and wellness coaching is important.
  • Demonstrate how to effectively motivate and coach your patients.
  • Identify the health coaching process, from establishing trust, setting goals, and conducting a coaching session.

Meet your instructors

Kelsey Pruss

Kelsey Pruss

M.S., ACSM-CPT, Program Manager at Doane University
Kelsey Pruss is a wellness-lifestyle medicine coordinator, health coach, group fitness instructor, and personal trainer with a passion for demonstrating how nutrition and behavior change can elevate overall health. She has a Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition and Health Sciences, an ACSM certification as a personal trainer and is the Program Director of Doane University's Institute for Human and Planetary Health (IHPH). Throughout her career, Kelsey has focused on improving human health by providing alternatives to detrimental lifestyle behavior; creating healthy, resilient individuals. Creating a global culture of healthy lifestyles will have a positive impact on human and planetary health.

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Learning Partner

Doane University

Program Type

Professional Certificate


Medicine Social Sciences