Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Going to school is an important decision, and it’s normal
to have a few questions.
Check out answers to the ones we hear most frequently below!
HEALTH COACH? WHAT'S THAT?
There’s a ton of buzz about Health Coaches right now, and the term “Health Coach” is being used a lot lately.
A Health Coach is a wellness professional who works with clients one-on-one or in group settings to help them achieve their personal wellness goals, like weight loss, increased energy, or better sleep. It doesn’t stop there, though. Health Coaches act as supportive mentors and accountability partners who help clients discover which foods and lifestyle habits make them feel best.
Health Coaches focus on a preventive approach to health and wellness.
WHAT’S THE FORMAT LIKE?
The Health Coach Training Program is offered in both one-year and accelerated formats. It includes 40 modules, released weekly (two per week for the accelerated course), with audio and video lectures and PDF handouts. Discussion questions, assignments, and a quiz follow each module. There are four tests, one every ten modules.
During the course, students must participate in Coaching Circle calls. An experienced Health Coach, who has graduated from the program and offers guidance and feedback to students as they practice coaching skills with peers, leads each call.
Students are also encouraged to participate in check-in calls throughout the program. These calls are an opportunity to review main content covered in the curriculum, discuss what’s coming next, and ask questions with our expert in-house coaches and curriculum developers.
The work is done completely online, but that doesn’t stop the program from being an interactive experience, as students are supported by peers, coaches, and IIN staff. The program was designed to fit into your life no matter your schedule and can be accessed from a smartphone, tablet, or desktop.
You can expect to spend about 5 to 8 hours per week on coursework for the yearlong program and 10 to 13 hours per week for the accelerated program; it really depends on what you want to get out of the training.
WHAT’S THE CURRICULUM LIKE?
Our curriculum covers five main areas:
- Nutrition and Health. This content teaches the basics of nutrition and health, including macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, and gut health, as well as how stress impacts health and the importance of physical activity.
- Primary Food. This content is centered on the things that nourish you off your plate. You’ll learn about spirituality, career, creativity, financial wellness, relationships, and education.
- Coaching Skills. This content focuses on the tangible skills necessary to be an effective coach. It includes information on active listening, high-mileage questions, and navigating the coach/client relationship.
- Foundation and Guidance. This area is designed to check in on your progress and give you tips for moving forward.
- Business. While considered “bonus” and not required, students who intend to become coaches are encouraged to complete this material. It includes information on setting up a website, using social media as a marketing tool, determining a target market, and setting rates.
Together, these components are designed to give you everything you need to be a successful Health Coach. Throughout our curriculum, we emphasize the importance of bio-individuality – the concept that what works for one person may not work for another – and encourage students to take what they are learning and put it into practice to see what works best for them.
HOW IN-DEPTH INTO NUTRITION DOES THE PROGRAM GO?
Our curriculum includes foundational information on nutrition and health. Our content is mostly evidence-based, but we acknowledge the intuitive side of nutrition and eating and teach the bio-individuality of diet.
Topics include nutritious cooking, macronutrients, vitamins and minerals, inflammation, calorie density, cravings, the gut microbiome, how stress impacts the diet, and multiple dietary theories, including Ayurvedic, plant-based, high-protein, gluten-free, and traditional diets.
HOW MUCH IS THE HEALTH COACH TRAINING PROGRAM?
The cost of IIN’s Health Coach Training Program is $5,995.
We understand that having your finances in order is an important part of your personal balance and happiness. We also want everyone who wants to be part of our community to be able to have that balance, so we offer personalized payment plans and (every so often) special offers on our tuition.
WHO IS MY TEACHER?
Joshua Rosenthal is our founder, director, and primary teacher. Joshua holds a master’s in education and has over 30 years of experience in health, wellness, personal development, and coaching.
Our visiting teachers are thought leaders and pioneers in their fields. Some of our amazing teachers include Walter Willett, MD; David Wolfe; Arianna Huffington; David Katz, MD; William Davis, MD; Andrew Weil, MD; Geneen Roth; and Manisha Thakor, MBA, CFA. Learn more here.
IS THE INSTITUTE FOR INTEGRATIVE NUTRITION ACCREDITED?
IIN has been licensed by the New York State Department of Education since 2009 and has received recognition by the National College Credit Recommendation Service.
The Institute for Integrative Nutrition is continuing to gain traction and recognition by the government and has developed educational partnerships with several colleges and universities, allowing graduates to earn up to 40 college credits and use their IIN certification toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree. IIN’s partnerships include International Health Coach University, Saybrook University, Goddard College, Maryland University of Integrative Health, California Institute of Integral Studies, Excelsior College, SUNY Purchase, and Qualifi.
Learn more about our partnerships and affiliations here.
WHAT SETS IIN APART FROM OTHER HEALTH COACHING SCHOOLS?
The first Health Coach certificate was awarded back in 1992. We know – we awarded it.
Here are just a few of the many reasons why the Health Coach Training Program is unique:
Department of Education Licensure
We are licensed by the State of New York Department of Education as a vocational school.
College Affiliations and Continuing Education Opportunities
We are proud to offer students continuing education opportunities, including the chance to put the Health Coach Training Program toward either a bachelor’s or master’s degree. We also offer advanced courses that allow students to deepen their knowledge as a Health Coach and continue to specialize their skills.
Accomplished Visiting Teachers
Nutrition and health is a rapidly changing field, and it’s important to learn from the experts who are leading the charge. Our curriculum includes an impressive lineup of instructors who have revolutionized their fields.
A Track Record of Success
We are one of the longest-running schools offering training in health coaching with over 100,000 graduates all over the world.
We’re proud of the profession we’ve worked for 25 years to create and encourage you to be part of it. However, we urge you to carefully examine and evaluate any school before committing your valuable time, effort, and money.
WHAT WILL I DO AFTER I GRADUATE?
Our graduates offer one-on-one coaching, corporate wellness, and online programs; develop healthy food products and skincare lines; and write books – IIN grads are everywhere.
In case you’re a numbers person, here are some stats:
- 96% of our students consider themselves an expert in health and wellness
- 74% of our students have clients before they graduate
Ever heard of Purely Elizabeth, Gnosis Chocolates, or SW Basics? They’re all IIN grads!
WHAT REQUIREMENTS DO I NEED TO ENROLL?
Passion. Drive. Determination.
Our only academic requirements are a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, and students must be 18 or older.
Our students have a commitment to health and wellness, a desire for a transformative personal experience or career change, and the determination to make a difference in the world.
If you fulfill these, you’ll find success within our program.
DOES INSURANCE COVER HEALTH COACHING?
It depends. There are a few insurance companies that recognize health coaching, and more and more doctors are hiring Health Coaches to work alongside them in their practices. We recommend that you encourage your clients to always check with their insurance company as coverage will vary based on the individual plan.
As the field of health coaching becomes more recognized, there are an increasing number of people who are looking for preventive and lifestyle management services from a Health Coach rather than typical doctors’ visits. We are working tirelessly with policy makers to make health coaching more accessible to all.
HOW DOES IIN SUPPORT THE GREATER GOOD?
We believe in the power to use business to make the world a better place and help those in need, which is why we support like-minded organizations through charitable contributions. Since 2010, we have donated $1.7M to nearly 200 charities worldwide.
I’M HESITANT TO TRUST ONLINE PURCHASES. IS IIN A SCAM?
Joshua founded the Institute for Integrative Nutrition nearly 25 years ago, and it has since become a global movement. During that time, we have stayed true to our mission and what we can do for the health coaching industry. We’re so proud to have ~100,000 students and graduates in over 100 countries – it’s amazing how far we’ve come!
We’ve seen the true value of the Health Coach Training Program come to life time and time again, and we are constantly revising our curriculum to meet the needs of our students.