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Experience personal benefits while finding solutions to your clients’ peak performance goals!

Is wellness your way of life? Would you like an inspiring career teaching others what you’ve learned?

Have you studied nutrition or coaching and want to advance your career?

Are you a healthcare professional with a passion for optimal health and peak performance?

Next term starts on January 3rd, 2023!
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Health and Human Performance Program

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Introducing two unique programs developed from three years of meticulous research, instructional design, and the latest discoveries in health and human performance. Then, we added 2500 years of Chinese medicine wisdom…

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Pacific College’s Health and Human Performance Programs provide an integrative coaching model that combines holistic and modern coaching methods, the current evidence in the physiology and psychology of performance, and whole food nutrition, as well as dietary supplementation strategies to advance health and performance in all areas of life.

Strong Employment Outlook in Health Related Fields

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“Overall employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.”

“Employment of fitness trainers and instructors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As businesses, governments, and insurance organizations continue to recognize the benefits of health and fitness programs for their employees, incentives to join gyms or other types of health clubs are expected to increase the need for fitness trainers and instructors.”

Meet Your Faculty

Leena Guptha

Dr. Leena S. Guptha


Dr. Dawn DeFrancesco


Stephanie Gottschalk

tammera karr

Dr. Tammera Karr


Dr. Marcy B. Newman


Dr. Cynthia Edmunds


Courtney Kent

PCC, CPA (inactive)

Dr. Jess Gerber


Guest Speakers

Meg Rentschler

Meg Rentschler

Whitney Madden

Whitney Madden

L.Ac., Certified Brain Health Coach
Kirstin Nussgruber

Kirstin Nussgruber



More than just a coaching degree!

What is the Master of Science in Health and Human Performance (MSHHP)?

The purpose of the Master of Science (Health and Human Performance) (MSHHP) is to provide students who have a deep interest in self-discovery and personal growth with the knowledge and experience required to become health and human performance coaches, and health educators.

The MSHHP presents courses in health and human performance coaching and health education supported and informed by courses in nutrition, the physiology and psychology of performance, Chinese medicine, and evidence-informed practice.

By applying philosophies, principles, and knowledge from traditional medical systems like Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, along with modern science, graduates develop performance solutions for individuals and groups to achieve their goals. As health educators, they possess the skills to educate individuals and groups, as well as disseminate their knowledge broadly through multiple media and health & human performance job opportunities.

Where can MSHHPs work?

While private practice coaching jobs in sports, business, and the arts may be the goal for many students, degree-credentialed professionals are also able to pursue a career path in the following professions and industries:

  • Human resources
  • Corporate training
  • Performance technology
  • Nutritional product development, marketing, sales, and evaluation
  • Sports product development, marketing, sales, and evaluation
  • Health coaching
  • Life coaching
  • Health education
  • Sports training
  • Health and wellness education and journalism
  • Personal training, mindfulness training
  • Business management
  • Game development

Are there any prerequisites?

Master of Science (Health and Human Performance)

The minimum graduate admission requirements are:

  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, or equivalent.
  • a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

Applicants with a lower undergraduate GPA may be considered based on professional accomplishments, such as passing a healthcare licensing examination, work history, GRE scores, etc. Applicants for whom English is not their native language must demonstrate competence by TOEFL/iBT.

Prerequisite subjects include anatomy, physiology, and general psychology. Students may take accelerated, non-credit courses or competency exams offered by Pacific College to fulfill these prerequisites.

Health and Human Performance Certificate

Acceptance to the Health Coach certificate program requires the applicant to be a healthcare provider such as an acupuncturist, registered nurse, chiropractor, etc. with a minimum of an associate’s degree or equivalent. Applicants must indicate their program intention at the time of application.

Contact an admission representative for more information.

What’s the most fascinating thing about the study of health and human performance?

The curriculum includes a compelling study of peak performers: highly accomplished athletes, scientists, business people, artists, musicians, and others. Through biographies, webinars, and personal appearances, students acquire insights into peak performance or what we call threads of excellence. Unlocking, inspiring, and amplifying an individual’s talent are fundamental goals of the health and human performance coach.

In short, students get to study the coolest people on the planet.

Who makes a good health and human performance coach?

You’re interested in health, nutrition, physical fitness, and emotional wellbeing. You’ve studied on your own or taken some classes. You’d like to share what you know. You also have life experience: you’ve had some ups and downs, and you’ve learned from them. You can apply your wisdom as a Health and Human Performance Coach.

Why does the world need coaches?

Imagine your favorite sports team or Olympic athlete without a coach. Do parents, teachers, business leaders, and coworkers deserve any less? In amateur sports, weekend warriors can benefit from the insights of world-class performers.

MSHHP graduates help individuals and teams make their most precious resource—time—more rewarding and fulfilling. In the workplace, graduates find support from companies that recognize that retaining and maximizing talent means offering benefits for the “whole” employee.

“A study conducted by McKinsey found that the average person spends about 5% of working hours in flow. But if you could increase that to 20%, they estimate that overall workplace productivity would double.”

Why does the world need Pacific College’s MSHHP?

Most health coach training is currently through unaccredited, non-degree programs. There is a need for graduate-level programs for adult learners with experience or interest in self-discovery and personal growth. The health and human performance field deserves critical analysis, advancement through research, and practitioners prepared by the rigor of graduate education.

Unrestricted by a single school of thought or method of coaching, Pacific College graduates distinguish themselves through extensive research, critical thinking, and a broad understanding of human performance.

What’s the relationship between Pacific College of Health and Science and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM)?

Pacific College of Health and Science is the home of the world-renowned Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Students in all programs at Pacific College benefit from education in holistic and Chinese medicine. Chinese medical theories and practices deepen your knowledge of the personal, social, and environmental influences on human behavior. Students gain not only a better understanding of their clients, but also of themselves.

Is a health and human performance degree useful if I don’t want to be a coach?

We often serve as coaches in many areas of our lives. Parents, obviously, are coaches to their children. Good supervisors are coaches to their employees. Employees are businesses’ most valuable resource. Employees who help coworkers and teams to be more effective are valued by their employers. Perhaps the MSHHP is the MBA of the 21st century.

I’m particularly interested in the health education aspect of the MSHHP. How’s the employment outlook?

There is strong employment outlook in health-related fields. Overall employment of health educators and community health workers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by efforts to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs by teaching people healthy behaviors and explaining how to use healthcare services already available to them. Governments, healthcare providers, and social services providers want to find ways to improve the quality of care and health outcomes while reducing costs. This should increase demand for health educators and community health workers as they teach people how to live healthy lives and to avoid costly diseases and medical procedures. (

Will I learn more about myself in the program?

Everything in the program is applicable to yourself as well as your clients. The nutrition, physiology, and psychology of performance, holistic health, and coaching skills empower students to take control of their health, resist disease, and extend functional longevity. Recognizing the body-mind unity, MSHHP graduates employ mindfulness and meditation techniques for mental and emotional management, resulting in positive effects on relationships, creativity, productivity, habits, and even longevity.

Why study HHP at Pacific College?

Join an epic adventure to fulfill potential and realize dreams.

In addition to synthesizing the mainstream methods of coaching, Pacific College’s HHP students study holistic medical paradigms to deepen their knowledge of personal, social, and environmental influences on human behavior. Students gain a better understanding of not only their clients, but of themselves as well.

Institutional Accreditation.

Pacific College is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue #100, Alameda, CA 94501, (501) 748-9001.

Unique curriculum delivery

Pacific College’s HHP programs are designed for the working adult. Courses are offered online, in both asynchronous and synchronous formats. Many classes are live and in real time with audio and video connection to faculty and fellow students. The connection among participants is comparable to that of on-site classes with the added benefit of attending from the comfort and convenience of your home. Distance education extends students’ network of opportunities internationally, while Pacific’s synchronous instructional design fosters camaraderie often exceeding that of on-site models. Because much coaching and consulting is conducted online, Pacific’s graduates will have a high level of experience and confidence in these media

Ancient wisdom for the modern age

While medical miracles surround us, and some can now hope to live to one hundred or more, the usual signs of aging and degenerative disease remain concerns. Studying and analyzing physiology, meditation, exercise, nutrition, and more provides resources to foster optimal health at any age. This knowledge empowers individuals to take control of their health and achieve resistance to disease and extend their functional longevity.

Recognizing the body-mind unity, the health and human performance graduates also employ traditional mindfulness and meditation techniques for mental and emotional management, positive effects on relationships, creativity, productivity, and even longevity. The program even explores recent insights from video game research and performance psychology to provide tools for performance solutions.

Coaching opportunities and library resources

During their training, students may offer coaching services to patients from Pacific College’s three clinics or at approved wellness programs, clinics, human resource departments, gyms, yoga studios, etc., or work with individual personal trainers. Upon graduation, alumni may offer their services to Pacific’s extensive database of patients.

Evidence-informed practice is a key characteristic of this program. Pacific College’s library is a member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and is part of the DOCLINE Inter-Library Loan (ILL) system through the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the NIH, which means students have access to a broad selection of full-text periodicals and databases.

If you’re curious about how to become a professional in the field of health and human performance, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about our health and human performance degree and certificate programs.

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Pacific College is the recognized leader in delivering traditional medicine and integrative health science education to practitioners and the public.

Pacific College is a catalyst for the adoption and expansion of traditional medicine and integrative health science principles, practices, and research, empowering individuals to gain and maintain health and enjoy life.

Pacific College is contributing to the transformation of the structure and economics of healthcare by bringing education and integrative health science to where people live, learn, and play.

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