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Course Details

Course Code: SPHS540 Course ID: 4724 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines a range of health related coaching skills including observation, active listening, asking the right questions, and motivating clients to facilitate changes toward health and fitness goals. Students explore coaching strategies for various health and wellness professional settings such as corporate wellness and health promotion, community health organizations, personal training, senior adult, and clients with lifestyle-related diseases. Competencies in health and wellness coaching include building rapport with clients; helping clients identify goals, helping clients identify strategies for action plans geared toward reaching their goals, and building accountability measures to ensure compliance and success. (Prerequisites: SPHS501 and SPHS503)

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Learning Objectives (L.O.):

LO1: Develop interviewing techniques designed to assess general health in clients and gather information necessary to design appropriate programs.

LO2: Examine tools designed to facilitate health and exercise programming and subsequent accountability strategies.

LO3: Assess health and wellness coaching strategies and organizations.

LO4: Develop exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle change strategies for a diverse group of clients.

LO5: Design appropriate strategies for clients from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

NameGrade %
DIscussion Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 3.75 %
Week 2 Forum 3.75 %
Week 3 Forum 3.75 %
Week 4 Forum 3.75 %
Week 5 Forum 3.75 %
Week 6 Forum 3.75 %
Week 7 Forum 3.75 %
Week 8 Forum 3.75 %
Assignments 40.00 %
Week 2 Assignment 1: Journal Profile 13.33 %
Week 3 Assignment 2: S.M.A.R.T. Contract 13.33 %
Week 6 Assignment 3: Lifespan 13.33 %
Final Assignment 30.00 %
Week 8 Assignment 4: Final Project and Journal Write-up 30.00 %

Required Readings: all reading resources are found within the resource section of the class

All Required resources for your course are provided in a course eReserve.
Please click here (, enter your course number in the ‘Search for course eReserves’ box, click Go, and then select the course when it appears below the search box. Information included in LibAnswers ( provides download and print options for offline reading of Library ebooks.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address


American College of Sports Medicine

Just Move Foundation

My Plate

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.