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.  From on-line learning to on-site personal 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.

“Wellness coaching brings a fresh approach to behavior change that fosters curiosity, client motivation, and personalization that empowers individuals to take steps forward in their health. Our mission is to create a rich learning experience for every professional that desires to make an impact in wellness and help people live their lives to their fullest potential."

Brooke Werneburg, NBC-HWC, Program Director, Mayo Clinic Wellness Coach Training Program

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 11-session online training course and the onsite workshop which is a four-day interactive training including an immersive wellness experience at the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. In addition, the live distance component including webinars and conference calls as well as skill development with peer coaching practice and mentored coaching skills are included.  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 International Consortium of 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 International Consortium of Health and Wellness Coaching, meeting coaching competencies and highest standards in the field. Our program has trained more than 700 Wellness Coaches since beginning in 2011.

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 International Consortium 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. She is the medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Coaching program and director of the Patient Education Research Program. 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 medical director for the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, and author of The Mayo Clinic Diet.

Dr. Amit Sood, M.D.

Director for Research for the Complimentary and Integrative Medicine

Dr. Amit Sood, the director for research for the Complimentary and Integrative Medicine program at Mayo Clinic, a specialist in stress and resiliency, and the author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living, a guide to finding joy, peace and contentment in life.