Educate, Motivate, Refer!


Becoming a Health Coach

Created in 2011, The Health Coach Institute has trained and certified more than 700 students to become Health Coaches. Our Health Coaches' three main areas of focus are:

  • Education: Attending annual training and weekly continuing education to sharpen their skills
  • Facilitation: Working with their peers in individual and group coaching sessions as well as interactive tabling activities
  • Outreach: Spreading awareness through signature health events and fairs across campus.

Health Coaches are trained to facilitate individual and group health coaching sessions within our iHealth menu: iHP, iChill, iPlan, iSleep, iChoose, and iNourish. Each of these programs have a dedicated curriculum and each Health Coach is encouraged to add their own personality and creativity. Through these individual and group settings our Health Coaches help students to manage stress and time, understand and develop healthy friendships, learn and discuss decision-making around alcohol and drugs, and learn about healthy eating and sleep. Health Coaches aim to support their peers by discussing personal health behaviors, knowledge, attitudes, and skills to develop goals and strategies to become healthier.

Health Coaches are trained in Readiness to ChangeMotivational InterviewingAppreciative Inquiry, Positive Psychology, how to have a health conversation, and set goals and strategies while demonstrating empathy and active listening.

By becoming a Health Coach you will:

  • Learn about health, become healthier, and increase your health knowledge
  • Develop presentation and facilitation skills
  • Empower others to reach their personal goals
  • Gain career and leadership skills
  • Develop lasting relationships with other Health Coaches
  • Serve the Boston College community

To be selected to become a Health Coach you will need to apply and be selected for an interview and callback. After you are selected you will need to:

  1. Attend a two-hour training session in April
  2. Attend a two-day training in late August, which requires early move-in for the fall 
  3. Select and become trained in a specialty area
  4. Attend weekly continuing education through the academic year 
  5. Attend once a month all Health Coach meetings 
  6. Attend educational inservices
  7. Submit service logs each semester