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Program Structure

The Clinical Health Promotion and Wellness Coaching graduate-level certificate requires 21 hours of graduate study in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion.

Students complete six courses:

Four (4) courses are available completely online.
There are two (2) courses that feature a face-to-face component:

  • 3 credit hour Health Center Practicum currently offered in the MSU Longest Student Health Center in Starkville, MS.
  • 6 credit hour field-based clinical internship in a specified health care facility within the state of Mississippi.

Fall

FNH 8513 Theory and Practice of Health Education - Online

FNH 8523 Health Promotion Techniques - Online

Spring

FNH 6393 Prevention and Control of Disease - Online

FNH 8553 Behavioral Epidemiology - Online

FNH 8443 Health Center Practicum - MSU's Longest Student Health Center in Starkville, MS

Summer

FNH 8556 Clinical Internship in Health Promotion and Wellness Coaching - Specified Health Care Facility*

* The Internship can only be taken once all other components have been completed.

The practicum and internship courses can be applied to the Master of Science in Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion with a concentration in Health Promotion within the 9-hour elective block, please consult your advisor for details.

Course Descriptions

FNH 6393 Prevention and Control of Disease Three hours lecture. An examination of how food science, nutrition and health promotion relate to chronic diseases. Prevention, control and detection are examined.

FNH 8513 Theory and Practice of Health Education Three hours lecture. Historical perspectives and current status of health education/promotion. Fundamental constructs of the discipline in school, community, and worksite settings.

FNH 8523 Health Promotion Techniques Three hours lecture. Examination of techniques utilized in delivery of health promotion interventions. Emphasizes uses of technology in development of activities suitable for diverse audiences and settings.

FNH 8553 Behavioral Epidemiology Three hour lecture. Behavioral and social environmental issues related to premature morbidity and mortality patterns. Current research literature and application of epidemiological principles to health education/promotion.

FNH 8443 Health Center Practicum: Three hours. Clinical Practicum. Supervised rotation and shadowing experiences related to health promotion and wellness coaching in a clinical setting.

FNH 8556 - Clinical Internship in Health Promotion and Wellness Coaching: Six hours. Internship. Clinical internship in a field-based, preceptor-based setting.