Help Set Yourself Apart 

Many organizations and agencies offer a health coach certificate, but our program provides you with a more comprehensive foundation in nutrition, exercise, and motivational coaching, helping you better compete for employment opportunities after graduation.

Health Coach Certificate Requirements

  • Required coursework (23 credits), plus prerequisites
  • A minimum of 12 credits are taken at Iowa State University.
  • A minimum of 9 credits are not used to meet any other department, college, or university requirements for the bachelor’s degree except to satisfy the total credit requirement for graduation and to meet credit the requirement in courses numbered 300 or above.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 earned in courses taken at Iowa State University.

Required Courses

To complete the Health Coach Certificate, students will take a variety of classes from three departments (Food Science and Human Nutrition, Kinesiology, and Psychology). The majority of classes required for this certificate will be offered in-person on the Iowa State campus. View all course requirements and prerequisites in the Iowa State University Catalog.


To apply, complete this application form (PDF) and submit to the academic advisor in your major’s department.

Food Science and Human Nutrition contacts
Anne Oldham

Kinesiology contact
Lisa Phillips

Psychology contacts
Alison Phillips

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