HCP students tabling

Health Coach Program


Future Physician Leaders & Health Coach Program Information Sessions

Join us for the UCR School of Medicine Pathway Programs Informational Session to learn more about:

  • The Future Physician Leaders (FPL) program is a nine-week summer internship where you learn about developing a community health education project and present your research, network with various health professionals through the leadership lecture series, and a limited number of students may participate in a mentorship program.
  • The Health Coach Program (HCP) provides students an opportunity to volunteer at a Riverside University Health System (RUHS) clinic and guide patients through goals aimed at achieving healthier lifestyles in partnership with a health care team during the academic school year (2022-2023).

Register for either of the two sessions:

March 10 – 5 to 6 p.m.
Registration: https://ucr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIodeuspjovE91apHPiVR-7bfbpMHlJSRcf

March 29 – 5 to 6 p.m.
Registration: https://ucr.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIlduitrjMuHdyZzzwV5NUc7IjQ-XPAtIxU

Questions? Email pathway@medsch.ucr.edu

The Health Coach Program at the UC Riverside School of Medicine is a community-based collaborative aimed at reducing the number of patients with uncontrolled chronic conditions by training health coaches to support patient care by working with integral healthcare teams in a clinical setting.

Our health coaches are pre-medical and pre-health students currently enrolled as juniors and seniors at an undergraduate institution or recent college graduates.

Through weekly follow-ups and continuous communication with their patients’ health care team, health coaches: help patients build progressive goals, become true advocates for their patients, and establish a rapport that allows them to identify patient’s existing  barriers to healthier lifestyle habits.

The Health Coach Program, which began in 2013, is a partnership between the UCR School of Medicine and Riverside University Health System.

Information Session Recording Available

If you missed our information session on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, a recording is available.

It is intended for prospective applicants that would like to get a better idea about the application process, program components and program benefits for the 2022-2023 Health Coach Program.

Watch the recording on YouTube

Applying for Health Coach Program

The Health Coach Program application is open. The application cycle will close on Thursday, April 28, 2022 @ 11:59 p.m. PST.

For more information, please contact the Program Coordinator at healthcoaches@medsch.ucr.edu

Short Answer Essay Questions

The application process requires you to answer short answer essay questions that assess your:  professionalism, communication and teamwork skills. It is recommended that you write your responses and save all essays on a separate word document before transferring responses into the application. Please note: questions 1-3 have a 1200 character limit, while question 4 has a 1500 character limit. 

These short answer essay questions are as follows:

Short Essay Response #1: Why do you want to become a Health Coach and how will participating in this program fit with your overall career goals?

Short Essay Response #2: What qualities/experiences do you have that you feel will allow you to improve the overall patient care experience as a health coach?


Short Essay Response #3: As a health coach you will be considered part of a healthcare team and will work alongside physicians, nurses, dietitians and other healthcare staff. Describe the experiences you have working in a collaborative environment where you maintained a professional relationship and good rapport with your colleagues?


Short Essay Response #4: Describe an experience when you used your active listening and your interpersonal communication skills to assist someone from a medically underserved community or someone that needed assistance navigating a healthcare system. Please be specific about your role and what you learned. (Please feel free to include any experience assisting someone in a healthcare setting. This can include a patient, group of patients or a family member.)