CHWP Courses and Events


Program Requirements

Participants in the College Health and Wellness Professional (CHWP) certification program will complete seven core courses plus three electives. Courses will range in length from 60-90 minutes of instruction plus time for supplemental activities or group activities during in-person events. The program is self-paced, so coursework and examination can be completed as your schedule permits.

Course Catalog

Development of self-study versions of all courses are in development. As the program expands, participants will have options to complete courses through live and recorded webinars and/or videos, live workshops, and at the ACHA Annual Meetings.

All core courses are expected to be available for online self-study in Spring 2018.

Courses Covered Title Activity Type Take This Course Announcements
  All core courses Online self-study Coming early 2018  
CP03, CP04, CP05, CP06, CP07 ACHA Leadership Institute Fall 2017 Program Live Workshop (CONCLUDED)
November 11-12, 2017
Washington, DC

CP01, CP02 College Health and Wellness Leadership Training: ACHA’s New Leadership Institute Live Program (CONCLUDED)
May 30, 2017, Austin, TX


Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Participants will complete the following mandatory courses:

CP01. Introduction to College Health and Wellness
Provides an overview of the college health and wellness field. This course seeks to provide the fundamentals of working in the profession and explores the various elements of a college health and wellness program, including

Key Issues in College Health and Wellness
Explores critical issues facing college health and wellness professionals. Seeks to provide a wide overview of issues that impact the delivery of quality services, operational management, and operating within a university environment.

Value of College Health and Wellness
Explores how college health and wellness provides value from a 360-degree view of the student, the health and wellness function on campus, and to campus leaders. Evaluates how various stakeholders understand the value of college health and wellness and provides key concepts on how leaders can talk the language of value of these programs on campus.

CP02. Management and Leadership
This course explores the essential elements of management and leadership as they apply to college health and wellness. It explores how trust, power and relationship management form the basis of leadership excellence and provides tips to rising leaders on how to understand their own leadership styles to boost organizational performance.

CP03. Change Management
This course explores the recesses of change management and prepares college health professionals on how to successfully navigate change within their own environments. This program seeks to educate learners on why change fails in organizations and provides insights into human behavior that inhibits change. This course provides leaders with tools and strategies that they can use to ensure change success.

CP04. Building Teams
Teamwork makes the dream work. This course explores the importance of building high performing teams and evaluates strategies team leaders can deploy to ensure that teams are cohesive and efficient in delivering on their objectives.

CP05. Voice of the Customer and Service Excellence
This course explores the psychological, social, and emotional needs of our students, who are the ultimate customer of college health and wellness professionals. It explores their needs and expectations of service and what it means to provide customer service excellence. Additionally, this course explores customer service from the perspective of peer university units and leaders and how to ensure that college health and wellness professionals are meeting customer service demands of the greater campus

CP06. Financial Management
This course explores the financial management aspects of college health and wellness functions. It evaluates basic accounting issues related college health and counseling centers and strategic financial management issues that leaders must know when overseeing their various programs.

CP07. Marketing Programs and Services
Marketing services and programs to customers (both the student and other university professionals) is a crucial component of any college health and wellness program. If we “build it,” they will not come unless there is effective marketing in place to help stakeholders understand their importance and how they can benefit from the service. This course seeks to teach the basics of marketing programs and services and teach the techniques used to optimize the marketing of those programs.


Participants will complete three elective courses. Course titles and selections subject to change as programming is still in development.

EP01. Quality Improvement in College Health
This course explores the fundamentals of quality improvement and provides instruction on how to design and successfully implement quality improvement within a college campus. Students will learn what kinds of quality improvement projects can be planned, how to design them, measure and report on their performance and how to share key learnings to enhance organizational performance and quality.

EP02. Building a Collaborative Care Environment
This course explores what it means to design a collaborative care environment that places the student in the center and effectively brings all health and wellness services to bear to meet their needs and foster their health. Various models will be explored around how collaborative environments can be structured and key factors will be discussed to ensure successful design and execution of collaborative care environments.

EP03. Managing Chronic Conditions
This course explores the nuances of managing students with chronic mental and physical conditions. The program evaluates key factors in ensuring that these students get the care that they need and provides best practices around how health and counseling centers can deliver the best care to these populations.

EP04. Transitioning Students Into College
This course explores the challenges that students face when they first arrive on campus. The program provides an overview of how health and wellness functions of the campus can work together to mitigate the stresses of transition and build student resilience.

EP05. Parental Communication Strategies
This course explores effective communication strategies between health and wellness components of universities and students' parents or caregivers. Understanding that various levels of communication and engagement are desired by students, this course provides information on common communication strategies and best practices.

EP06. Electronic Health Records
This course explores the role of electronic health record systems (medical and mental health) and their integration into the practice of college health and wellness. Understanding that there are various systems that universities use, this course provides knowledge on how these systems can be used to enhance the practice of college health and wellness.

EP07. Connected Health and Telehealth Services
This course explores the trend of telehealth and telecounseling within a college environment. The program looks at key challenges and opportunities of using these types of delivery mechanisms and provides key considerations around how they must be implemented to ensure the best chances of success.

EP08. Campus Safety and Threat Assessment
This course explores the role of college health and wellness structures in building a culture of safety on campus. The program seeks to help professionals understand the various threats faced on college campuses and provides key strategies on what can be done to ensure that students, faculty and staff are protected.

EP09. Public Health and Community Wellness
College campuses are part of the fabric of a much larger part of our society. This course seeks to provide an overview of how college health and wellness advances public health and provides information on what can be done to influence community wellness as students of today become the future of tomorrow.