Why Us

The Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program is a one-of-a-kind experience that blends evidence-based skill sets with insightful mentor coaching in a flexible learning environment.  With on-line learning and discussion, our goal is help you grow your skills to become a confident wellness coach. Whether you are learning strategies to use in your current profession or you are launching your own wellness coaching practice, our training program will prepare you to help individuals reach their greatest health potential.

Our Unique Approach

Students learn how to establish relationships and practice core coaching skills that assist individuals in identifying their values and desires, transforming them into action, and maintaining lasting change over time. You will partner in dynamic collaboration with your peers as you advance through the Mayo Clinic 5-E Model of Wellness Coaching, bringing coaching to life with your clients.

“During your training with the Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training program we hope to provide a lot of opportunities for live interaction and feedback. Coaching brings a new and fresh approach to behavior change and to support students in learning the skills and practices of coaching, live interaction is key! We also have a large team of professionals currently working as Health and Wellness Coaches. Your learning is built from and facilitated by individuals that are working with the very same skills you are learning on a daily basis and within a variety of professional roles. Our mission is to create a rich, interactive and connected learning environment for professionals interested in supporting people as they reconnect to the best version of themselves."

Jamie Friend, NBC-HWC, Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program Director

What Makes Us Different

The Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training and Certification Program is an all-inclusive training led by an array of Mayo Clinic experts. Our faculty bring a wide-spectrum of experiences in coaching, patient-care, research, worksite wellness and behavior change in the areas of weight management, stress reduction, tobacco cessation, work-life balance and chronic disease self-management.

One registration fee includes the 12-session online training course, a four-day intensive virtual workshop, scheduled webinars and conference calls, as well as skill development with peer coaching practice and mentored coaching skills.  Concluding successful training completion, you will be eligible to complete Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Certification and/or prepare to sit for the National Board Certified – Health & Wellness Coach exam through the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching.


The blended learning environment affords the learners with an experience that is collegial, accommodating, accessible, and academically rigorous. We encourage connection, discussion and learning from peers and faculty-drawing from the variety of coaching experiences from clinical to worksite wellness.

Content founded on evidence-based research

The course content is grounded in established research and theory of behavior change and incorporates current published research by Mayo Clinic faculty into the effective elements of Wellness Coaching.

Approved Program

The Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program is an approved program by the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching, meeting coaching competencies and highest standards in the field. Our program has trained more than 1000 Wellness Coaches since beginning in 2011. Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program is approved by the NBHWC, PAC for the continuing education and training of National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBC-HWC) (CEP #100103)

World-Class Faculty

The Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program is coordinated and taught by clinical, scientific and practicing wellness coaches of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Faculty members are chosen for their commitment to teaching, as well as clinical practice or research. In addition, our Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program core faculty are credentialed as Nationally Board Certified- Health and Wellness Coaches by the National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching

“...if we excel in anything, it is in our capacity for translating idealism into action”

Charles H. Mayo, 1931

Uniquely Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic has been a leader in health care and serving the needs of the patient for over 150 years. The Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program embraces many elements unique to Mayo Clinic values, culture, clinical practice, and research, including the work of:

Kristin Vickers, Ph.D., L.P.

Professor of Psychology College of Medicine

Dr. Kristin Vickers, is a professor and clinical health psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry & Psychology, Mayo Clinic. Dr. Vickers is a published author in the field of behavior change, self-management, and patient well-being with nearly 100 publications.

Matthew Clark, Ph.D., L.P.

Professor of Psychology College of Medicine

Matthew Clark is a board-certified clinical health psychologist with a focus on health behavior change and resiliency.  He has worked with our health and wellness coaching team to publish studies that have examined quality of life improvements, stress reductions and health behavior change from participating in health and wellness coaching.  He has over 165 scientific publications and he is Chair for Research for the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at Mayo Clinic. He has presented nationally on Health and Wellness Coaching at various conferences and symposiums. He has received funding from NIH as co-investigator on a study that will provided health and wellness coaching to patients with COPD.  He also recently completed pilot wellness coaching projects with breast cancer survivors and patients receiving care in the primary care setting. .

Dr. Donald Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H

Associate Professor of Nutrition and Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine

Dr. Donald Hensrud, an associate professor of preventive medicine and nutrition in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, the previous medical director for the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, and author of The Mayo Clinic Diet.