Health Coaching for Older Adults

Course Provider

Centre for Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE@NTU)


Continuing Education and Training Certificate


Primary care physicians provide medical care for patients through the diagnosis of health conditions and subsequent prescription of medication. However, non-adherence to prescription reduces the benefit of treatment leading to poor prognosis. Although there are several interventions that aim to improve medication adherence, most interventions do not render expected outcomes. Having informal care support is associated with increased medical adherence, but it is noted that medical adherence interventions rarely equip informal caregivers with skills to support care recipients effectively. Health coaches have the potential to address the gap between physicians and caregivers. Health coaching (HC) is an intervention through which a health coach engages with a client by listening and observing so as to provide personalized solutions for facilitating behaviour change.

This training programme aims to train participants on the topic of Health Coaching (HC), specifically for assisting elderly citizens in managing chronic ailments (e.g. diabetes). Currently available global HC programmes are applicable for training coaches to help clients primarily with conditions and ailments, such as diabetes, stress, and other chronic diseases. However, there is only a very small number of HC training programmes with specific focus on eldercare. The current programme attempts to address this opportunity. This training programme is novel in the context of Singapore as the practice of HC is hitherto new to this region. This programme will train participants in areas such as evaluating elderly clients’ health information, exercise and movement, nutrition and diet, behaviour change assessment and coaching health and well-being goals. Upon completion, the participants will have the confidence and skillsets to work as a health coach, empowering elderly clients to effectively change their behaviours to achieve their health goals.

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Course Availability

  • Date(s): 16 to 17 Mar 2023

    Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM

    Venue: NTU@one-north campus, Executive Centre (Buona Vista)

    Registration Closing Date: 02 Mar 2023

  • Date(s): 15 to 16 May 2023

    Time: 9:00AM to 5:00PM

    Venue: NTU@one-north campus, Executive Centre (Buona Vista)

    Registration Closing Date: 01 May 2023

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

• Explain what health coaching is and its differences with other healthcare professions.
• Provide examples of how health coaching can be used to improve health outcomes among community dwelling older adults.
• Gain a basic understanding of different techniques used in health coaching
• Use basic knowledge of gerontology, nutrition, and physical exercise to facilitate effective health coaching.
• Identify health coaching job opportunities in Singapore.

HCT01: Foundation in Gerontology
Under the rubric of population ageing, the study of Gerontology has received vast attention in the academic world as it encompasses a broad spectrum of inquiries related to psychology and sociology, as well as health, medicine and social policy. This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the major ageing perspectives, bio-psycho-social theories and clinical practices from a global viewpoint with a critical focus on the Asian experience.

HCT02: Health Coaching Basics
Health Coaching is a profession designed to be a partnership with a client for managing chronic diseases. It requires listening, observation and customized solutions and strategies to support and enhance skills of clients, particularly aimed at behavior change. A health coach is very different from a health care practitioner. Health coach, who is not a licensed healthcare practitioner/provider, needs to use strategies and techniques from different disciplines. This course provides an overview on the practice of Health Coaching with topics ranging from the foundational theories, techniques to best practices.

HCT03: Nutrition for Older Adults
This course provides participants with an overview of concepts related to human nutrition and dietetics, and its implication to the health of older adults in Singapore. While the course’s contents provide general information on nutrition and dietetics for older adults, some cases and examples are prepared based on Singapore’s context. Knowledge and skills gained from this course will be useful when providing nutritional and dietary advice for older adults in Singapore.

HCT04: Exercise and Fitness
This course is meant to compliment the other courses in the overall training programme, with information about the exercise and fitness aspects of Health Coaching. The topics in this course underline the role of physical activity for elderly people. The importance of personal fitness and different types of exercises are introduced along with techniques for injury prevention and pain management.

This course is suitable for:

• Health coaches
• Healthcare professionals
• Caregivers
• Healthcare Assistant/Basic Care Assistant/Nursing Aides
• Therapy Assistant
• Members of the general public who are keen to work in health-related careers

Standard Course Fee: S$1,296.00

SSG Funding Support

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Course fee payable after SSG funding, if eligible under various schemes


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AFTER funding & 7% GST

AFTER funding & 8% GST

Singapore Citizens (SCs) and Permanent Residents (PRs) (Up to 70% funding)




Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS)



SCs aged ≥ 40 years old
SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES)
(Up to 90% funding)

• NTU/NIE alumni may utilise their $1,600 Alumni Course Credits. Click here for more information.

Note: Course fee payment made before 1 Jan 2023 will be subject to GST at 7%, and payment made on or after 1 Jan 2023 will be subject to GST at 8%.        

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Dr Theng Yin Leng

Dr Theng Yin Leng

Professor Theng Yin Leng
Associate Provost (Faculty Affairs) President Office, 
Executive Director, Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education (ARISE), 
Director of the Centre of Healthy and Sustainable Cities (CHESS) at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

Prof Theng's research interests are in user-centred design, interaction design and usability engineering. She has participated in varying capacities as principal investigator, co-investigator and collaborator in numerous research projects in the United Kingdom and Singapore since 1998. In the area of research, Prof Theng’s philosophy is about doing worthwhile, scientifically-based experimental Human-Computer. She recently evaluated, the Virtual Exercise Therapist System for the elderly aiming to promote exercise, social interactions and intergenerational bonding. With more than 200 papers and publishes widely in top-tiered international journals and conferences. Recent interests include applying user issues to elderly & technologies, games for health, health informatics, smart nation & metrics. She also developed a system delivering home care and caregiving services for older adults.


Dr Ho Ringo

Dr Ho Ringo

Assoc Prof Ringo Ho is a faculty member in School of Humanities and Social Sciences since 2005. He received his Bachelor degree in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Master in Statistics and PhD in Quantitative Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He worked at McGill University (Canada) as Assistant Professor before he joined NTU. His research interests include high-dimensional data analysis methods, longitudinal data analytic method, multilevel modeling, psychometrics and structural equation modeling. He has published over 30 papers in psychology and statistics journals.

Dr Ho research interests are concerned with the development and application of quantitative methods, in particular, multilevel modeling, resampling methods, structural equation modeling, and time-series analysis in the neural and behavioral sciences. His current research work focuses on neuroinformatics research, in particular, the theoretical development and applications of multivariate time series analysis method for extracting meaningful information from complex brain imaging data.

Dr Premchand Varma Dommaraju

Dr Premchand Varma Dommaraju

Assoc Prof Premchand Varma Dommaraju
Associate Professor, School of Social Sciences (SSS)
Director, Master of Science in Applied Gerontology, (SSS)

Assoc Prof Premchand Varma Dommaraju is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the MSc in Applied Gerontology programme at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He received his PhD in sociology from Arizona State University and did his post-doctoral fellowship at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore. Before switching to sociology for my graduate studies, Assoc Prof Premchand studied computer science and engineering and received B.Eng (First Class) degree from University of Madras. Assoc Prof Premchand’s research focuses on social and demographic transformations and their implications in Asia. He is particularly interested in marriage and divorce, families and households, and ageing in South, Southeast and Central Asia. His work has appeared in leading population and demographic journals including Population and Development Review, Population Studies, Demographic Research and Social Science & Medicine. 


Ms Falina

Ms Falina


Ms. Falina (Lin) is an Assistant Director at NTU's Ageing Research Institute for Society and Education (ARISE), with a Bachelor's degree in International Marketing and Business and a Master's degree in Skills and Workforce Development. She has an extensive work experience in various sectors both in Singapore and overseas including working with older adults. Her passion is to motivate and drive others to improve and reskill their talents towards progressive career pathway, with a healthy mindset. Falina is also a certified facilitator with a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP).

Ms Lee Sin Yi

Ms Lee Sin Yi
Principal Physiotherapist, Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Ms. Lee has extensive experience working with older adults. She contributes to the strategic planning and implementation of community programs for the prevention and management of frailty and metabolic syndromes at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. She is also a principal investigator in a study that aimed to develop a self-reported mobility assessment. She advocates for physical activity and exercise for the population.


Mr Chan Joy Seng

Mr Chan Joy Seng
Director and Nutritionist, Alive Nutrition Consultancy

Mr. Chan Joy Seng is the Director and Accredited Nutritionist of Alive Nutrition Consultancy. He holds a Masters of Medical Science in Human Nutrition from the University of Sheffield and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Food Science and Technology from the National University of Singapore. He is an Accredited Nutritionist of Singapore with the Singapore Nutrition & Dietetics Association, as well as member of Society of Behavioural Health Singapore and Singapore Institute of Food Science & Technology. 

Mr Chan has conducted many nutrition and health talks, workshops and tours for companies, community groups and the public. He has also been involved in many programmes of the Health Promotion Board, such as Healthier Choice Symbol, Lose to Win, Health Ambassador, Healthy Workplace Ecosystem, Health Literacy for Childcare Teachers & Childhood Obesity Phone Counselling programmes. He is also involved in the training of nutrition and health topics at different tertiary institutions in Singapore.


Ms Tan Su-San

Ms Tan Su-San,
Founder & Principal Consultant, ECI Consulting Holdings Pte Ltd

Ms. Tan is a register nurse with a Master of Arts in LifeLong Learning who has devoted to the public health practice for two decades. To enhance commitment to behavioural changes that are necessary to improve one’s health outcomes in a sustainable manner with better rapport and engagement, Susan created EASY with Susan Health Coaching methodology - combining Motivational Interviewing (MI) with social learning theories. It provides clients with the CAR (Competence, Autonomy, and Relevance) to take personal responsibility of their health. Ms Tan is also a WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA) and WSQ Diploma in Adult and Continuing Education (DACE) certified.