Wellness Coaching (Minor)

Wellness Coaching (Minor)

The Wellness Coaching Profession

Wellness specialist Paula Kommor sat down with Juliana Valenica to discuss UofL's wellness coaching initiatives.

Wellness specialist Paula Kommor sat down with WHAS11 anchor Juliana Valenica to discuss UofL's wellness coaching initiatives.
 Watch the WHAS11 interview. | Read the transcript.

Wellness Coaching is an emerging profession that has roots in applied behavioral science and adult development, and more recently has embraced positive psychology. Behavioral scientists have shown that one-on-one coaching is among the most effective approaches to helping people make and sustain improvements in their lives.

The relationship between a coach and client offers a profound level of support, guidance, and encouragement to making changes, without being judgmental. A coach enables change by focusing on a client's stated needs, values, vision, and goals and helping to bring out his/her personal best. [from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) website]

What Are Health & Wellness Coaches?

Coaching is a one-on-one conversation between a coach and a client that guides and motivates the client to make behavioral health & wellness changes. A coach acts as a champion, personal resource, and accountability partner, thus inspiring the client to achieve more than they could alone. Coaches strategize with clients in order to discover the most productive and sustainable ways to enhance the client’s overall wellness in the areas of fitness, nutrition, stress, and time management.

Kyle Versalle
Former UofL Get Heatlhy Now Wellness Coaching Intern

Career Successes

The culminating experience of the Wellness Coaching Internship pulls together all of the knowledge of the minor and gives interns the opportunity to practice wellness coaching with real-life clients and reflect on this experience. Wellness coaching skills give students a marketable edge when entering the work force--leading to a multitude of career opportunities. Past Wellness Coaching Minor interns have been hired by:

  • American Mortgage Service Co.
  • Aramark
  • Balanced Wellness
  • Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center
  • Baptist Health Floyd
  • Brown-Forman
  • Corporate Health Partners
  • Elder Care
  • Epic Insurance Solutions
  • FitOrbit
  • Frazier Rehabilitation
  • Health Sync
  • Heuser Health
  • Humana
  • Insuramax
  • Intermountain Heathcare
  • Norton Children's Hospital
  • Norton HealthCare
  • Nth Works
  • Papa John's Corporate Headquarters
  • SHPS Carewise Health
  • University of Louisville, Office of Health Promotion
  • UPS
  • US Army (Health Educator)
  • YMCA
  • Yum! Brands
  • Zen Planner


Magaret Moore

I am impressed with not only the Interdisciplinary Wellness Coaching Minor curriculum, but also with the expert team of interdisciplinary faculty  involved with the Wellness Coaching Minor, and the corporate partnerships U of L is creating to increase job placement for its wellness coaching graduates...The University of Louisville is at the cutting edge in teaching wellness coaching at the undergraduate level.

Margaret Moore
Founder & CEO, Wellcoaches Corporation
Co-Director, Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School

Marc Clancy

Wellness Coaching has sharpened my communication skills with others around me. I am connected with people, and I am able to have an impact on their lives. Putting myself in someone else’s shoes has become second nature.

Marc Clancy
Get Healthy Now Wellness Coaching Intern
Health and Sports Science Student

Danielle Crowe

My passion is helping people be their best. That is exactly what the Wellness Coaching program is all about!

Danielle Crowe
Get Healthy Now Wellness Coaching Intern
School of Nursing Student

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The University of Louisville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).www.louisville.edu/accreditation