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Whole Health Educator™ versus Health Coach

Credentials:  National Institute of Whole Health (NIWH) applicants must have a verified professional license or education credentials that meet national standards, before granted acceptance into any NIWH program.    Many coaching programs do not require the applicant to have any professional credentials for admission. Anyone can call themselves a health coach without any training or credentials, although some coaches may have credentials, like nurses or nutritionists.  


Health education curriculum: NIWH Programs provide their learners with health education course content to address patient health recovery or disease prevention, whereas coaching programs do not provide health education.  

Being a recognized health care provider:  Credentialed Whole Health Educators ™  are recognized health care providers and can receive an NPI number to bill third party insurances.  Health coaches are not recognized as health care providers and health coaching is not an insurance billable service.  

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Whole Health Educator is a trademark of the National Institute of Whole Health (NIWH).  The Five Aspects of Whole Health is a trademark and copyright of NIWH.  Used with permission, all rights reserved.

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