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Behavioral Weight Management Coach | Self-Paced

Time limit: 180 days

$299 Enroll

Full course description

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of weight management and interventions. Learners will explore the multifaceted aspects of obesity, including its prevalence, causes, consequences, and treatment modalities. Throughtout the course, emphasis will be placed on evidence-based behavioral strategies, dietary modifications, physical activity recommendations, technology, and addressing specific issues related to weight management in the role of coaching. 

Learners will engage in case studies, expert videos, and practical exercises to integrate and apply their knowledge effectively. By the end of the course, participants will emerge equipped with the tools and expertise needed to address the complexities of weight management in diverse healthcare and research settings. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Provide an overview of the public health concern of obesity
  2. Discuss causes and consequences of obesity and the need for specialized treatments
  3. Discuss the full range of treatment options for obesity
  4. Summarize theories of behavior change and how these theories are relevant to BWL coaching 
  5. Demonstrate how a patient-centered approach can be applied in the role of BWL Coach
  6. Explain dietary and physical activity recommendations for obesity treatment and use behavioral strategies to help patients achieve these goals
  7. Discuss social determinants of health and how they impact obesity treatment
  8. List and use several electronic devices/apps to facilitate BWL coaching
  9. Summarize weight management approaches for different medical populations (e.g., type 2 diabetes, pregnant individuals, etc.)
  10. Describe and demonstrate a solid framework for working with individuals seeking BWL 

Key Topics

  • Overview of obesity
  • What is behavioral weightloss
  • Behavioral theory and strategies for change
  • Dietary approaches to BWL
  • Physical activity for BWL
  • Social determinants of health and obesity
  • Patient-centered approaches to BWL
  • Using technology in BWL
  • Risk assessment and avoidance

Target Audience

This certification will prepare professionals and paraprofessionals to be BWL coaches in the clinical, research, private practice, and/or commercial weight loss settings.


After successfully completing the course, learners will receive a certificate of completion from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Learning Prerequisites

There are no specific course prerequisites. You will need to have English language fluency.

Technical Prerequisites

The course will take place on the Canvas LMS ( You will need the ability to log on to the platform, preferably using Google Chrome, to complete the content, which will include videos, readings, and assignments. You may also need to take part in other activities on

  • Hardware requirements: computer; webcam; microphone and speakers or headset.
  • Software requirements: Google Chrome web browser; access to; Zoom web conferencing; Microsoft Office or similar; email

Course Lifecycle and Access

After registering, you will receive an email confirming your registration. You will be granted access to the course, which includes complete course information. Please check the course listing for additional information on course access dates. For synchronous courses, learners will have access to the Canvas course for the duration of the course. For asynchronous courses, learners will have access for 180 days after registration. 

Tuition Remission

This course may qualify for tuition remission. Please check for guidelines. If you are interested in using tuition remission, please email the OOE support email with your request.

Refund Policy and Timeline

  • Synchronous Courses
    • Refunds may be requested up to the start of the live activity, unless otherwise noted. All refund requests will incur a 10% processing fee.
  • Asynchronous Courses
    • Refunds are not allowed for active asynchronous courses.

Technical Support Statement

Please direct all technical support requests to the OOE support email. We will respond to requests within 24-48 hours. Requests received on weekends, overnights and holidays will be responded to on the next business day.

Accessibility Statement

JHU SOM is committed to providing all participants with the opportunity to pursue excellence in their learning endeavors. This includes providing disability related accommodations and services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and our goal of delivering accessible, inclusive experiences. If you require accommodations to complete this course, please reach out to the  OOE support email. Please do not include any personal identifiable information such as social security number in any messages. 


JHU is not approved by Middle States for direct assessment credentials for academic credit. This course results in a certificate of completion. It will not show on any JHU transcripts and does not count toward an academic record.