Health Coaching & Health Promotion

School of Health, Physical Education & Sport Sciences

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Empowering individuals to attain and maintain wellness is at the core of health coaching and promotion. It is a versatile career path that addresses today's ever-growing need for health awareness and education.

BW's program combines coursework in health and physical education, psychology and biology. You'll learn about nutrition, fitness, exercise, stress management, substance abuse and more.

Through your studies, you'll learn an integrative approach to wellness that focuses on whole-person care and disease prevention. Emphasis will be placed on program design and behavior modification as methods of educating and supporting clients.

A rewarding major, health coaching and promotion fosters insights and competencies that will enable you to work in schools, public and private agencies, worksites, health departments and clinical settings.

A required internship bridges classroom learning with real-world experience. You'll gain valuable networking contacts and resume-enhancing experiences. BW's 20-minute proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to top hospitals, clinics, corporations and public health organizations.

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In addition to becoming a health educator, counselor or coach, career opportunities include:

  • Worksites: Corporations and businesses hire health educators to assist employees through wellness programs.
  • Public Health Agencies: Disease prevention is central to organizations and departments administered by the government to address public health.
  • Hospitals and clinics: Health education outreach programs are a vibrant component of these facilities.
  • Nonprofit Agencies: The American Cancer Society and American Heart Association are among the many organizations seeking leadership for educational programs.
30,000 and climbing practicing health coaches in the U.S.

Growing Profession

There are an estimated 30,000 practicing health coaches in the U.S. It is among the fastest growing professions in the health and wellness industry.

Cleveland Health Care Hub

BW's 20-minute accessibility to Cleveland and its expansive offering of renowned hospitals, clinics, sports medicine facilities and public health organizations provides outstanding opportunities for internships, clinical experiences and career placement.

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Offered as a major, health coaching and promotion is a broad-based program. You'll gain insights and motivational techniques for educating and supporting individuals in making positive health choices.



Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Health coaching and promotion offers small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities.

At the annual Honors Ceremony in the spring, recognitions include:

  • Bonnie Raye Graduate Scholarship (in honor Bonnie Raye, who taught at BW and was the women's basketball coach, 1980-89).
  • Dr. Lee J. Tressel Scholarship (in honor of Dr. Lee Tressel '48, who taught and was BW's football coach, 1957-80).
  • Hower-Stover Award (in honor of Dr. Marjorie Hower, who was a professor at BW, 1947-80, and Myrta Stover, who coached and taught at BW, 1943-68).


At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.


Amy Jo Sutterluety
Associate Dean, Health and Physical Education
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Cassandra August
Associate Professor
M.S., Kent State University

Kerry A. Bebie
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Akron

Charles Campisi
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Jaimy M. Dyer
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Karyn Gentile
Program Director for Athletic Training Program
Assistant Athletic Trainer
M.S., Syracuse University

Erin Sweeney Hutzelman
Assistant Professor
M.Ed., George Mason University

Jessica Emlich Jochum
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Southern Mississippi

Jesse Jones
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

James Mattern
Assistant Professor
M.S., Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Alvy Styles
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Megan Williamson
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University