Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificates are offered in three topic areas:

  • Chronic Condition Self-Management
  • Aging and Continuing Care
  • Diversity and Inclusion

These certificates are for people who are working in health, social, or community services whose professional preparation has normally included a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field.

Chronic Condition Self-Management is an approach currently being adapted across settings, jurisdictions and disciplines in Canada and beyond to help people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiopulmonary disease, mental illness, and/or neurological conditions such as MS manage their health and everyday life.

Aging and Continuing Care is an increasingly important topic in health, social and community services due to the aging of our population.

Diversity and Inclusion has been identified as an important area for health, social and educational services in order to meet the needs of vulnerable groups in an increasingly diverse Canadian population.

These certificates are for people who are working in health, social, or community services whose professional preparation has normally included a bachelor’s degree or greater in a relevant field. These fully online certificates are suitable for students who are interested in advanced study but do not necessarily want to complete a full post-professional Master’s degree. Each certificate consists of three three-credit courses: one required course in the topic area, and two electives selected by the student. The student completes all assignments for their electives in the topic area of their certificate.

Through completion of a certificate, students will:

  1. further develop knowledge and remain abreast of current advances of within a practice-relevant topic area (chronic condition self-management, aging and continuing care, diversity and inclusion)
  2. critically analyze the current knowledge base within a specific topic area
  3. learn to apply knowledge in this topic area at a program or systems level through engaging in studies in other relevant areas (through selection of elective courses).

Admission Requirements for Graduate Certificate Programs

Student must qualify to enrol in Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University. Normally this means completion of a four year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with an average of B or better. Others may be eligible and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Application

Students can apply directly to each certificate program, they should not apply as a SSGS

All students must complete a Faculty of Graduate Studies Application form which is available at dalgrad.dal.ca/admissions. Students must also provide:

  • If applicable, proof of English Language Competency
  • Two copies of official transcripts of all university courses
  • Request for specific course of interest
Application Deadlines:  
Chronic Conditions Self-Management: August 1
Aging and Continuing Care: November 15
Diversity and Inclusion: April 1

PLEASE NOTE that certificates may not be offered every year. Students should contact the School of Occupational Therapy occupational.therapy@dal.ca to find out the schedule for certificate offerings.

Tracking and Application for Certificate

As students complete each elective, they complete and submit a form that demonstrates that they have completed all the course assignments in the subject area of their certificate. The course instructor verifies the form and a copy is sent to the student for their records. The form is available on the School of Occupational Therapy website.

Once students complete their three courses, they apply for their certificate, which is mailed to them. The application form is on the School of Occupational Therapy website.

Graduate Certificate Programs

Students complete one of these required courses depending upon which certificate they select:

  • OCCU 6507.03: Critical Perspectives on Inequities in Everyday Life (Diversity and Inclusion)
  • OCCU 6508.03: Chronic Condition Management
  • OCCU 6509.03: Aging and Continuing Care

Following completion of the required courses, students select two elective courses from this list:

  • OCCU 5010.03: Advanced Studies on Enabling Occupation
  • OCCU 5030.03: Advanced Research Theory and Methods for Occupational Therapists
  • OCCU 5040.03: Identity and Transitions
  • OCCU 5041.03: Evidence-based Occupational Therapy
  • OCCU 5042.03: Community Development for Occupational Therapists
  • OCCU 5043.03: Program Evaluation for Occupational Therapists
  • OCCU 6504.03: Measuring Health Outcomes

PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses are offered every year. Student should contact the School of Occupational Therapy occupational.therapy@dal.ca to find out the schedule for course offerings.