Health Coaching Promotion Major

BW's program takes an integrative approach to wellness that focuses on whole-person care and disease prevention. 

Community Health Promotion

College of Education and Health Sciences

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Department of Allied Health, Sport and Wellness

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Empowering individuals to attain and maintain wellness is at the core of community health promotion. It is a versatile career path that addresses today's ever-growing need for health awareness and education.

BW's program combines coursework in health behavior management, psychology and biology. You'll learn about nutrition, fitness, exercise, stress management, substance abuse and more.

Through your studies, you'll learn an integrative approach to wellness that focuses on whole-person care and disease prevention. Emphasis will be placed on program design and behavior modification as methods of educating and supporting clients.

A rewarding major, community health promotion provides the competencies to enable you to work in schools, public and private agencies, worksites, health departments and clinical settings.

A required internship bridges classroom learning with real-world experience. You'll gain valuable networking contacts and resume-enhancing experiences.

  • Brittany Smith internship

    BW's 20-minute proximity to Cleveland gives you access to internship opportunities at top hospitals, clinics, corporations and public health organizations.

  • Maggy Urban '16 health coaching and education project

    Community health promotion is an integrative approach to wellness that focuses on whole-person care and disease prevention.

  • Michelle Yako Health Jeopardy

    You will gain insights and motivational techniques for educating and supporting individuals to make positive health choices. Michelle Yako '17 encourages healthy behaviors with a health Jeopardy game. 


In addition to becoming a health educator, counselor or coach, career opportunities include:

  • Worksites: Corporations and businesses hire health educators to assist employees through wellness programs.
  • Public Health Agencies: Disease prevention is central to organizations and departments administered by the government to address public health.
  • Hospitals and clinics: Health education outreach programs are a vibrant component of these facilities.
  • Nonprofit Agencies: The American Cancer Society and American Heart Association are among the many organizations seeking leadership for educational programs.
30,000 and climbing practicing health coaches in the U.S.

Growing Profession

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a favorable career outlook for health educators and community workers through 2026. The projected growth for employment is higher than the average due to a need for professionals who are educated in wellness and healthcare initiatives and services.

Cleveland Health Care Hub

BW's 20-minute accessibility to Cleveland and its expansive offering of renowned hospitals, clinics, sports medicine facilities and public health organizations provides outstanding opportunities for internships, clinical experiences and career placement.

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Offered as a major, community health promotion is a broad-based program. You'll gain insights and motivational techniques for educating and supporting individuals in making positive health choices.


Course Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.


Our world-class faculty will help you make your educational experience everything you want it to be. Small class sizes and an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio mean professors get to know you and your interests.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities.

At the annual Honors Ceremony in the spring, recognitions include:

  • Bonnie Raye Graduate Scholarship (in honor Bonnie Raye, who taught at BW and was the women's basketball coach, 1980-89).
  • Dr. Lee J. Tressel Scholarship (in honor of Dr. Lee Tressel '48, who taught and was BW's football coach, 1957-80).
  • Hower-Stover Award (in honor of Dr. Marjorie Hower, who was a professor at BW, 1947-80, and Myrta Stover, who coached and taught at BW, 1943-68).


Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Nine out of 10 BW graduates who completed a bachelor's degree in the 2016-17 academic year reported that they were employed or pursuing graduate and/or professional studies within six months of graduation.



Full-Time Faculty

Amy Jo Sutterluety
Chair, Department of Allied Health, Sport and Wellness
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Jaimy M. Dyer
Program Director, M.S. in Exercise Physiology
Ph.D., The Ohio State University

Cory Beaumont
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., The University of Tennessee

Kerry A. Bebie
Associate Professor
Ph.D., The University of Akron

Megan Frank
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Kent State University

Karyn Gentile
Associate Professor
Assistant Athletic Trainer
M.S., Syracuse University

Wendy Hyde
Assistant Professor
M.Ed., Springfield College

Alexander Morgan
Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Sara Schimelpfenig
Administrative Assistant
M.M., Cleveland State University
(440) 826-7473,