Our Accredited Whole Health Education 3-in-1 Program includes courses and skills in:
Since 1977, the mission of NIWH has been to facilitate change in the delivery of health care in all settings by transforming way consumers receive their primary care services. This is achieved through educating credentialed professionals to better serve their patients and clients through a whole health – whole person care approach. Whole Health is focused on all aspects of an individual’s health behaviors. The NIWH 5 Aspects of Whole Health™ look at the physical, emotional, nutritional, environmental and their values, beliefs and worldview (spirituality) of each individual.
Learners will be able to apply their skills to integrate whole health patient education, patient health advocacy and whole health coaching skills into their health focused service to their clients and into the practice of medicine and health care in all settings.
Our program goals are designed to achieve overall philosophy of our mission statement. NIWH develops, tests and offers comprehensive, evidence-based health education programs which are integrative and whole person directed, for credentialed healthcare and education professionals.
Here is what a recent NIWH graduate stated about the program:
“The content covered and the amount of knowledge gained throughout the Whole Health Education program is on par with graduate-level programs. The coursework is intensive and thorough. The resources are endless. It was an incredible growing experience that opened my eyes to a new field that merges whole-person healthcare with patient-centered education. This powerful combination creates the potential for sustainable lifestyle change.”Taylor Worland, M.Ed, Whole Health Educator
Whole Health explores the inter-connected science of how everything in the body is connected with every aspect of the individual’s life – and how their chronic health or disease presentation has been scientifically shown to manifest through lifestyle choices. Our Whole Health training programs are accredited, endorsed or approved by all major health, nutrition, fitness, medical, nursing and allied health professional organizations in the U.S. In addition, Whole Health Education has been named a BEST PRACTICE in Relationship Centered Care by a Harvard Affiliate Hospital, and nominated for the Fetzer Institute’s Norman Cousins Award.
“As a physician, I find that Whole Health Educators are incredibly supportive in my attempt to help patients regain or maintain wellness. The Educators reinforce knowledge, motivate patient behavior, and have the time to help remove barriers to wellness. Whole Health Education is a very potent, valuable tool in helping patients transform their lives.”Harvey Zarren, M.D., F.A.C.C. Principal Investigator,
Whole Health Education Pilot Study Union Hospital, Lynn, MA,
a Partners HealthCare Affiliate
Celebrating 40 years
Each Year NIWH accepts a limited number of applicants into its Whole Health programs. This is to ensure the quality of education and one-on-one interaction between the learner and their program Academic Adviser. In addition, while other programs may not require prior education or training in the broad field of health care and education, NIWH program are exclusively designed for credentialed, licensed health and education professionals.
A potential learner must apply and have their credentials verified prior to be offered enrollment. While all Whole Health Education programs share the 24 CORE courses, plus the Patient Health Advocacy and Whole Health Coaching tutorials. The three (3) Whole Health Education curricula offered are:
> Whole Health Educator™ for Nurses 3-in-1 program for degreed or licensed nurse professionals only. This program qualifies nurses to sit for both the national Holistic Nurse certification exam and the AHNCC Board Certified Nurse Coach exam as well as to be credentialed into the Healthway’s national insurance networks as Whole Health Advocates and Health and Wellness Coaches and to sit for the national Chronic Care professional, Population Health certification. Contains over 200 ANCC approved contact hours. VIEW 24 CORE plus 8 tutorial Whole Health Education, Patient Health Advocacy and Whole Health Coaching courses.
> Whole Health Educator™ 3-in-1 program for health, allied health, health education, wellness, fitness, mental health and allied-medical professionals who possess the required education, current license or certification prerequisites to be accepted into this program. The prerequisite guidelines may be found on the Prerequisite page of this website. This program allows graduates to be credentialed into the Healthway’s national insurance networks as Whole Health Advocates and Health and Wellness Coaches and to sit for the national Chronic Care professional, Population Health certification. VIEW 24 CORE plus 8 tutorial Whole Health Education, Patient Health Advocacy and Whole Health Coaching courses.
> Whole Health Nutrition Educator™ 3-in-1 program is open only to degreed or licensed nutrition, advanced practice nursing or clinically trained professionals who can utilize nutrition education in their current scope of practice. This program allows graduates to be credentialed into the Healthway’s national insurance networks as Whole Health Advocates and Health and Wellness Coaches and to sit for the national Chronic Care professional, Population Health certification. VIEW 24 CORE plus 8 tutorial Whole Health Education, Patient Health Advocacy and Whole Health Coaching courses.
All three (3) Whole Health Education curricula are designed to be completed in 12 months, however, NIWH provides, at no extra cost, four (4) additional months to complete the program, allows 16 months in total. The Whole Health programs have two components. The first part is comprised of the 24 Whole Health Foundation courses, which are intended to be completed at a rate of one per week, over a 24 week period. The second is the Case Study Tutorial, 3 required Case Studies plus a Final Paper focused on the three Case Studies.
Each course takes approximately 6-8 hours per week to complete. There is a course assignment and evaluation form to be completed and submitted to the learners Academic Adviser. A final proctored exam is required at the completion of the 24 Core courses. The second component is the skills and experiential portion of the program. There are 10 communication, patient health advocacy and whole health coaching courses which culminate in the case study competency portion, followed by a Capstone or Final Paper project required for graduation. The Final Paper is focused on the learner’s submitted case studies.
Each Core course provides a minimum of eight (8) continuing education contact hours. Several courses provide 10-12 contact hours due to the additional reading for that particular course. Certificates for continuing education contact hours are provided after successful completion and submission of both the course assignment form and the course evaluation form to the student’s Academic Adviser.
The student’s Academic Adviser provides feedback for each course submission, as well as sends the learner an individual continuing education certificate for each course submitted. In the event that the learner requires addition time to complete their studies, they may make arrangements for an extension through the Student Services department. A student may also arrange for a leave of absence.
Benefits of Completing a Whole Health Education® Program
Only learners who complete all components of the program are awarded the credential of Whole Health Educator ™. Graduates are:
> Automatically enrolled into the Healthway’s Insurance provider networks as a Whole Health Advocate, Educator and Health and Wellness Coach;
> Qualify to provide patient health education services, which are health insurance reimbursable.
> Qualify for professional liability insurance with the ACA
> Qualify for additional health care credentials, as a graduate of the Whole Health Education program, through numerous NIWH educational partnerships; For nurses AHNCC Holistic Nurse and Board Certified Nurse Coach; for ALL graduates, the Chronic Care Professional, Population Health national certification exam.
PLEASE NOTE: For those who are interested in Whole Health Education but cannot make the commitment to complete the full 3-in-1 program, NIWH also offers shorter Whole Health Certificate of Study programs.