Coaching curriculum to promote innovation, academic rigor, collaboration, and cultural humility.

New session begins January 2023

The UCI Susan Samueli Integrative Health Institute (SSIHI) Academic Integrative Medicine (AIM) Health & Wellness Coaching certificate program, which emphasizes integrative practices, is grounded in the conventional healthcare model. This powerful combination of traditional and whole health training prepares health coaches to participate on multidisciplinary teams within the healthcare setting.

Students are trained to provide integrative and holistic health coaching to clients with a variety of clinical conditions and prevention goals. The program offers a focus on supporting those with mental health challenges that impact their experience of wellness.

Our program prepares integrative health coaches to:

  • Work on interdisciplinary teams to help patients/clients create sustainable lifestyle changes that contribute to their experience of optimal wellness.
  • Use evidence-based behavioral change and coaching strategies to support their clients to make self-selected lifestyle changes.
  • Extend care to those in underserved and underrepresented populations, using culturally competent and person-centered care.

The program is approved by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC), making our graduates NBHWC board eligible.

More information:

Register here for the AIM Health & Wellness Coaching Program information session.

Who should apply:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in healthcare
  • Interest and/or work experience in: academic medicine, healthcare in underserved communities, and incorporating integrative health into a medical practice.

Program commitment:

  • Online program begins: Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023
  • Program concludes: Tuesday, June 27, 2023
  • Synchronous learning: Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., PT
  • Asynchronous learning: two hours a week, plus reading

How to apply:

Click here to complete the application. Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Applications open: Monday, July 11, 2022
  • Applications close: Friday, Dec. 9, 2022

Tuition cost:

$10,000. If you live or work in Los Angeles County, scholarships may be available thanks to Cedars-Sinai.

Scholarships available for UCI students, staff and faculty.

Upon completion:

AIM Health & Wellness Coaching is a National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) Approved Health and Wellness Coach Training & Education Program. Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the HWC Certifying Examination to become National Board Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC).

To view the Health & Wellness Coaching Information Session held on September 1, 2022, click here.

Learn about Marcelle Hayashida, PhD’s experience with the AIM Health & Wellness Coaching Program here.

For more information regarding the AIM Health & Wellness Coaching program, please email Laurie Skorheim at