Health Coach Training

Our 20-week live virtual Community As Medicine Health Coach Training Program is a National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches approved coach training program. This unique learning experience provides the opportunity for personal transformation and growth as well as the highest quality training to become NBHWC-certified.

Our next cohort begins August 17, 2024. Please review our syllabus and read our FAQs for more information. If your question isn't answered there, feel free to email our program coordinator at Start your application below!

Cultural Humility

Students will learn how to provide coaching that honors and uplifts a person’s identities related to race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, social needs, and others.


Students will understand the impact of individual and collective trauma in clients’ experiences and challenges, provide support and guidance around resilience and solution-forward action.

Group Coaching

In addition to individual coaching, students will learn group coaching skills and flow. Group coaching allows for a broader network of accountability and support, as well as creating a pathway for more affordable and broad-reaching impact.
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Health coaching is the future of clinical and community care.

Health & Wellness Coaches partner with clients to help them improve their well-being through sustainable, self-directed habit changes that are aligned with their values.

Our fully online certificate program combines a live online curriculum with coaching practice sessions, as well as three-session mentored coaching sessions with individualized feedback. Experienced instructors with significant health and wellness coaching backgrounds will provide thorough, development-focused evaluations and individual feedback.

Our program is intimate, experiential, and LIVE - so you get plenty of real practice and feedback.

The field of health coaching is growing rapidly, with opportunities for work in private practice, clinical, corporate and entrepreneurial wellness settings.

With the explosion of the health & wellness coaching field, the National Board Certification credential (NBC-HWC) represents the profession’s highest standard.

I chose CAMtP because it felt like what they described from the course content aligned more with my own values. Safe to say it did not disappoint! I loved how grounded and socially aware the instructors were, and how the entire course covered everything from grief, diversity, equity, inclusion, and so many other real life challenges that are rarely addressed within the health care system. Definitely a very innovative and true-to-work health coaching program.

Gaby Galindo

2022 Program Cohort
The highlight of the program was having a diverse cohort that is committed and dedicated to health and wellness. The instructors always made sure to make space for the students to share their perspective. The CAMtP sessions were engaging and there was always an opportunity to practice with our fellow students.​

Overall it was a great opportunity to learn the concepts of health coaching and how to incorporate them with our prospective clients. The program has helped me to gain more confidence with my skill plus has placed a great importance on self care while I am on this journey of health coaching.

Rohita Bhatia

2022 Program Cohort
The CAMtP program was created by experts actually doing group and individual coaching with underserved populations, so the amount of genuine experience that the team brings to the program creates a very inspiring and relevant experience.  

The dedication and commitment of the team is felt at every moment of the program.  Sessions are fun, interactive and experiential - so there is a chance to assimilate the material with all adult learning principles taken into consideration

Anonymous Student

Summer 2022 Cohort

Our Community As Medicine curriculum includes:

Practical Experience

Practice coaching skills both one-on-one and in groups – demonstrating client-centered listening, motivational interviewing, reflections, and goal setting.

Coaching Theory

Understand theoretical frameworks and evidence-based research that underlie the field of health & wellness coaching

Health Risk Factors

Understand common risk factors, symptoms, treatment and the role of a health coach in chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, etc.

Mindfullness in Coaching

Apply mindfulness practices to your coaching presence, and coach them with clients when appropriate

Ethical Considerations

Thorough understanding of the standards of professional conduct and code of ethics in health coaching

Legal Concerns

The components and importance of legal factors in coaching, including confidentiality, HIPAA considerations and licensure
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Practicum Traineeship

As our students near graduation, many choose to apply for our 6-month OSW Practicum Program, in which they gain experience providing coaching to OSW participants.  

Practicum trainees receive ongoing training and mentorship as they offer individual and group coaching, collecting their 50+ hours needed to sit for the NBHWC board certification exam.  As they near exam time, our trainees are supported with exam prep and study time, and (as a thank you) we cover exam fees for our practicum participants.


Investment: $5,000 for Full Tuition
Payment plans and scholarships are available on a case by case basis. Our program is intended to uplift coaches to increase representation in coaching and provide more access to health coaches in underserved communities.
NBHWC Certification
Upon completion of the program, students will receive the Open Source Wellness Health Coach Certificate. As an approved National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) program, this certificate provides eligibility to sit for the board exam.


$5,000 for Full Tuition
Sliding scale payment and scholarships are available on a case by case basis. Our program is intended to uplift coaches to increase representation in coaching and provide more access to health coaches in underserved communities.
Sliding Scale
Sliding scale payment and scholarships are available on a case by case basis. Our program is intended to uplift coaches to increase representation in coaching and provide more access to health coaches in underserved communities.

Our Faculty

Rachel Barach

Rachel Barach

Rachel's vision is to expand access to quality health coaching for all who need it. She believes health is a basic human right. In her current role, she trains health coaches focusing on trauma-informed coaching, cultural relevance, social determinants of health, empathy, rapport, and suicide prevention. She also has deep expertise in individual coaching and group coaching in a healthcare context and has worked with over one thousand clients. Rachel’s teaching style is engaging, nuanced, humorous, and enthusiastic.
Coach Training Program Director & Faculty

NBC-HWC, Certified QPR Instructor

Christina Taylor

Christina Taylor

A yoga instructor, and integrative wellness & grief coach, Christina Marie, believes that it is possible to embody wellness at every stage of life. She enacts social justice within her reach by committing to reduce the gap in access to wellness support one person at a time. Christina Marie is currently a Ph.D. student studying Mind-Body Medicine specializing in Integrative and Functional Nutrition. Her dissertation will explore the role of nourishment for women who have experienced grief due to loss.
Coach Training Program Faculty

NBC-HWC, PhD Candidate

Elizabeth Markle, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Markle, Ph.D.

​Elizabeth Markle, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, speaker, writer, researcher, and Associate Professor of Community Mental Health at California Institute of Integral Studies. Dedicated to multi-theoretical and multi-level approaches to individual and community health and healing, Elizabeth's current area of study and innovation is around combining clinical expertise with social entrepreneurship to create sustainable, thriving cultures of health and wellness. She is the co-founder of Open Source Wellness (, a nonprofit initiative offering experiential behavioral health and wellness via a "Community As Medicine" approach in collaboration with healthcare providers and insurers.
Co-Founder, Executive Director

Angelina I. Londoño, PhD.

Angelina I. Londoño, PhD.

Angelina is a highly experienced Translational Researcher, Bilingual Health Educator, Trainer, DE&I advocate, and entrepreneur. She is strongly dedicated to empowering trainees and coaching participants through self-compassion, self-efficacy, and connection. Angelina firmly believes in the transformative power of community and peer support in fostering a sense of belonging and promoting overall well-being. With a deep commitment to equity and social justice, Angelina leverages her bi-cultural background and fluency in Spanish to effectively drive positive change. Her teaching and mentoring philosophy revolves around helping students discover their strengths and building their confidence in a positive, inclusive learning environment that encourages student engagement and personal growth.
Coach Training Program Faculty


Arielle Hartz

Arielle Hartz

Arielle's passion is firmly anchored in the realm of mental and emotional health. Arielle is a courageous leader who holds an incessant curiosity for people and the powerful potential they hold within. Her values surround interpersonal relationships, in-the-moment change, and overcoming challenges, and hopes to provide an enriching, compassionate, and expansive space for her coaching clients and students. She's grateful to share her love for the coaching craft and the gift of learning.
Coach Training Program Faculty


Nancy Bahem

Nancy Bahem

Nancy is an experienced leader supporting lifestyle change with individuals, groups and small businesses. These transformations include personal and health related development. Nancy loves training health coaches, and know that powerful lifestyle comes both from being coached and from coaching others. She is eager to help you jumpstart this career!
Coach Training Program Faculty


Danielle Sanders

Danielle Sanders

Danielle Sanders, MPH, RDN, LD, CHES is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, and Certified Health Education Specialist. She has developed and taught formal curriculum for physicians, dietitians, social workers, and health coaches alike. As someone who is passionate about integrating cultural foods and foodways into the nutrition conversation, she aims to challenge the textbook definition of health. Danielle is committed to sharing her unique coaching style and make a lasting impact by promoting health equity while also allowing individuals to embrace their food culture and life experiences. Her work is rooted in empathy, empowerment, and enthusiasm as she works to make health achievable for all.
Guest Faculty


Nicole Rosselle

Nicole Rosselle

Guest Faculty


Our most frequently asked questions

Where can I get more information about the program?

Reading through our syllabus is a great place to start in order to get an idea of what is covered and expected in our program.

Are you a National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching (NBHWC)-Approved Training & Education Program?

Yes! This means after completing our program, and completing the other requirements necessary, you can apply to take the NBHWC exam.

Where do the classes take place?

All classes meet live over zoom. The zoom link will be provided to you at the beginning of the course.

What time zone are the classes in?

All class times listed in our syllabus are in Pacific Time (PDT/ PST)

What makes Open Source Wellness’ Community As Medicine Health Coach Training Program unique?

So many things! Our program emphasizes the foundational knowledge and practical skills of the coaching process standards and competencies of the National Board of Health and Wellness Coaches (NBHWC), as well as uplifting the values of cultural humility, trauma awareness and “Community As Medicine” that are core to Open Source Wellness’ work.

Open Source Wellness is a 501c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing direct services and increasing access to health coaching in medically underserved communities.  We are committed to creating a world in which everyone experiences abundant health, wellbeing, and human connection, especially those who have been historically excluded and marginalized.

What is Community As Medicine?

Check out this TEDx talk to see one of our founders, Elizabeth Markle, discuss Community as Medicine.

How many students are in the program?

We have 2 sections (one that meets Wednesdays 4-6pm Pacific Time, and another that meets Thursdays 9-11am Pacific Time) with a maximum of 30 students in each section. When you apply for our program you can specify which section you would like to attend and you will be admitted to that section. For our weekend classes both sections attend together, so there will be as many as 60 students in attendance on those days. Our program utilizes breakout rooms and other experiential activities for the majority of our class time to create a fun and engaging learning environment. It is definitely not your average zoom training!

I hope to be able to coach in Spanish- what support does this program offer?

It’s fantastic to hear that you are interested in Spanish health and wellness coaching! This program can help support you in your journey. We currently have 2 instructors that speak Spanish and we offer resources and practice coaching in Spanish for those interested.

What is the cost of the program?

The cost of our program is $5,000. There is an option on our application for you to apply for a financial scholarship, additionally, we also offer 5 or 6 month payment plans.

Your application isn’t open yet- how can I get notified when it is available?

If you have come at a time when we don’t have our application open yet, please email our program coordinator, Cryscilla, at She would be happy to add you to our mailing list to receive notification of when we have our new syllabus and application available.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact our program coordinator, Cryscilla, at who would be happy to answer any additional questions.