Dietary needs and motivational factors change during each stage of life. For this reason DSWI offers Health Coach Certification courses that provide age specific programs, advanced training, resources and tools. We help you achieve this by giving you the option to choose one (1), two (2), or all three (3) life-stage specialty courses (Families, Adults & Seniors, and/or Pregnancy).

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Online Science-Based Health Coach Training and Certification

Health Coaching is a personalized, collaborative approach to helping individuals lead healthier live. It bridges the gap between the clinical and science aspects of knowledge and learning that you acquired during your formal education to produce outcomes on an individual and community-wide basis.

Think of the education as bridging the gap to learn the things you may not have learned in your formal education. Medical professionals, such as registered dieticians, acquire from Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Health Coach Certification acquire the behavior change skills to institute guide clients and patients—setting and tracking health goals, developing healthier habits, stress management,  and make sustainable lifestyle changes.

Get Certified and Earn CEUs

Approved by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) for 30-60 contact hours of NANP category 1 CEUs. Approved through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) for 30-107 CPEs.

Step Inside Our Open House

Join us today to embark on this golden opportunity for a rewarding career as a Certified Health Coach with the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

Tuition & Registration

Next Courses Begin July 15, 2024

30 Week Course*

Master Health Coach Certification
with 1 Life-stage

Choose One:
Families – Adults & Seniors – Pregnancy


33 Week Course*

Master Health Coach Certification
with 2 Life-stages

Choose Two:
Families – Adults & Seniors – Pregnancy


36 Week Course*

Master Health Coach Certification
with 3 Life-stages

Includes all Three:
Families – Adults & Seniors – Pregnancy


* Followed by a self-paced Practical Skills Assessment with 3 live mentor coaching feedback sessions

Want to learn more about our programs for dietitians and nutritionists?

Q&A with our Health Coaches in Nursing

  • What prompted you to become a Certified Health Coach?

    I realized that a lot of my clients are missing a key component to their health. It is not that they do not have desires or mindset but rather they lack accountability and guidance on creating SMART goals and having the accountability to stay on track.

    – Joanne P., CHC, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

  • How has your health coaching education helped change your approach as a nurse?

    It definitely gave me other views and to help more individualize the process.

    – Pam D., CHC

  • Why was becoming a Certified Health Coach important to you?

    I decided to become a Master Certified Health Coach after having several conversations with young adult patients with issues such as PCOS and Diabetes about lifestyle and dietary changes. I realized how little this group knew about the effects these changes could have on their chronic diseases.

    – Gilli T., MCHC, Pediatric Advice Nurse

Master Health Coach Certification

In the Master training, students develop advanced coaching skills and communication strategies to guide clients through the change process and help them achieve lasting behavior change. The Master training includes core health coaching content, your choice of 1-3 life-stage courses, the 24 week Master training plus the self-paced Practical Skills Exam. 

Core Curriculum

Basic & Advanced Nutrition

Basic & Advanced Nutrition

  • Understanding Protein, Fats, and Carbs
  • Science of supplementation
  • Foods to avoid and why
  • Allergies and intolerances
  • Superfoods
  • Metabolic programming
  • Food quality vs. quantity
Health Coaching Methods

Coaching Methods

  • Accountability
  • Goal setting
  • Identify stages of change
  • Initiating motivation to change
  • Group coaching
  • Individual coaching
Strategic Marketing for Health Coaches

Strategic Marketing

  • Tools to get started
  • Connecting with potential clients
  • Identifying key coaching opportunities
  • Creative marketing methods
  • Tailoring to maximize effectiveness

Life-stage Curriculum


  • Traffic Light Eating & Portion Control
  • Brainy Breakfast & Healthy Carbs
  • Vegetables, Fruit and Fiber
  • Protein, Fats and Fast Foods
  • Physical Activity
  • Hydration

Adults & Seniors

  • Make Your Own Medicine
  • Make Health Your Hobby
  • Move Waste From Your Waist
  • Live Without Pain and Inflammation
  • Exercise’s Role in Health
  • Healthy Eating Made Simple


  • Planning for Pregnancy
  • Nutrition for all Stages of Pregnancy
  • Nutrition Skills for a Healthier Pregnancy
  • Lifestyle and Attitude During Pregnancy
  • Exercise and Movement During Pregnancy
  • Bringing Baby Home

Master Curriculum

Health & Wellness

  • Expand upon the content covered in the Lifestage Specialty courses 
  • Support clients in obtaining credible health and wellness information 
  • Gain a solid familiarity of current recommendations from public health groups such as the Center for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health 
  • Understand health promotion and disease prevention, applying a whole person perspective 
  • Learn about chronic disease risk factors and current lifestyle recommendations for optimal health 
  • Recognize commonly used biometric health measures 
  • Identify social determinants of health and understand how they impact client behavior 

Coaching Structure

  • Learn how to design a coaching program that supports clients as they make lasting behavior changes 
  • Understand the difference between and early and later stage coaching sessions and how to conduct each type of session 
  • Learn when and how to guide client to assess current state of health and wellness 
  • Explore client vision of optimal wellbeing, establish client-directed long- and short-term goals and back-up plans 
  • Grasp how to implement client preferred methods for learning and accountability 
  • Discover how to support clients in ongoing sessions and how to manage coaching program termination 

Coaching Process

  • Learn how to create a client-centered coaching relationship in a one-on-one setting 
  • Become an active, empathetic listener  
  • Apply communication strategies that promote a guiding style of coaching that honors client autonomy, improves client-self efficacy, elicits intrinsic motivation, and supports client-directed goal setting 
  • Discover how positive psychology and the transtheoretical model of change support clients in making lasting behavior changes 
  • Use evidence-based coaching techniques such as Motivational Interviewing and Appreciative Inquiry in coaching conversations 
  • Use other coaching process knowledge to recognize client emotions, foster client self-compassion and raise client awareness of their strengths, values and sense of purpose 

Coaching Ethics

  • Learn about ethical and legal considerations applicable to the health coaching profession including professional conduct, conflicts of interest, privacy, and confidentiality requirements 
  • Discover when and how to refer clients to other professionals 
  • Understand and apply the NBHWC Code of Ethics for health coaches 
  • Understand and apply the NBHWC Scope of Practice for health coaches 
  • Learn how to be an example for client through personal lifestyle choices that promote self-awareness and self-care 
  • Recognize the importance of ongoing professional development 

Let’s Connect

We would love to learn more about your unique goals and explore the courses that best fit you.
(866) 446-1967

Select Your Master Course Track

Our interactive classroom environment is designed to meet the needs of the auditory, visual or hands-on learner. Select the track toward Master certification that is right for you.

Master Health Coach Certification

1 Life-stage

30 weeks*

Mater Plus One Life-Stage

Master Health Coach Certification

2 Life-stages

33 weeks*

Master Plus Two Life-Stages

Master Health Coach Certification

3 Life-stages

36 weeks*

Master Plus Three Life-Stages

* Followed by a self-paced Practical Skills Assessment with 3 live mentor coaching feedback sessions 

Select Your Master Course Track

Our interactive classroom environment is designed to meet the needs of the auditory, visual or hands-on learner. Select the track toward Master certification that is right for you.

Master Health Coach Certification

1 Life-stage (30 weeks*)

Health Coach Certification

2 Life-stages (33 weeks*)

Health Coach Certification

3 Life-stages (36 weeks*)

* Followed by a self-paced Practical Skills Assessment with 3 live mentor coaching feedback sessions 

Our Accreditations & Approvals

UMass Global

Life-stage Health Coach Certifications

Select from one, two, or all three of our Life-stage courses to earn your Health Coach Certification and begin coaching in as little as six weeks.

Health Coaching Certification with Families Specialty

Health Coach Certification


In the Families course, students learn a proven method to help clients and their families develop healthy habits to prevent nutrition-related diseases, improve health, and enhance learning and behavior.

Health Coach Certification with Adults Specialty

Health Coach Certification


In the Adults & Seniors course, students learn to empower adults with information to sharpen thinking, boost energy, prevent age-related diseases, and take charge of their health.

Health Coach Certification


In the Pregnancy course, students learn to guide pregnant and new moms toward a healthy pregnancy and baby, a smooth delivery and recovery, and optimal pre- and post-natal nutrition practices.



In the coaching setting, the advanced course of study allowed me to grow in a new way which has dramatically impacted my confidence with one-on-one coaching as I use the different methods I learned. I am more than thankful that I took the class as it added to both my daily life and my professional endeavors.

Kim V.Master Certified Health Coach

All these years I have been basically scaring people away by telling them what to do, which I have learned…no one likes. It is all about motivating (guiding) people so THEY make the decisions and choices. The Master Certified Health Coach Training gave me the skills and confidence I needed to get started.

Deborah SueMaster Certified Health Coach

The Master Certified Health Coach Training is amazing. I highly recommend it.  We focused on motivation, communication and how to really connect with clients. I’m finding I use these techniques with every interaction I have with clients as well as in my personal life. Well worth it.

Brooke L.Master Certified Health Coach

Dr. Sears Wellness Institute (DSWI) has created a powerful and impactful Master Training Course and Board Exam Study Group. I cannot say enough good things about it. I use what I learned everyday.

Monica N.Master Certified Health Coach