Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions

Offered by:  School of Social Work, Faculty of Health

Coordinator: mha@dal.ca, (902)494-6899


This certificate is an interdisciplinary program administered by the School of Social Work. The certificate was developed to provide working professionals with the latest knowledge, skills and attitudes required to improve the lives of persons affected by mental health and addictions challenges.

The courses are fully online; however, they are centered around a team-based approach to learning and encourage discussion and interaction with instructor and classmates. Assignments are focused on helping students apply knowledge to real-world situations they encounter in their working life.

Admission Requirements / Eligibility:

All applicants must meet the Faculty of Graduate Studies minimum admission requirements. In addition applicants must have completed at a minimum an undergraduate degree program in one of the following fields or equivalent*:

  • Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Health Promotion
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Medicine   

Those with four-year Bachelor degrees in other programs (e.g. Education, Law) are also welcome to apply but are required to provide detail in their cover letter and resumé explaining how their education and work experience relate to the area of mental health and addictions, and how pursuing this certificate would support their work in this field.

Certificate Requirements:

Core course requirements:

HLTH 5110.03 Mental Health and Addictions Services and Systems

HLTH 5120.03 Mental Health, Substance Use and Addiction Across Health Practices: Working with Persons, Families and Communities

HLTH 5130.03 Concurrent Disorders and Complex Case Work: Working with Persons, Families and Communities

HLTH 5140.03 Prevention, Early Intervention and Population Focussed Health Promotion

Additional Requirements: HLTH 5110.03 must be completed first.  Students wishing to take more than one course concurrently must obtain permission from the coordinator.

Application of Credit Hours Towards Other Degree Requirements:

All certificate requirements must normally be completed above and beyond any other Dalhousie degree requirements.  Tuition fees will be assessed for these courses on a per-course fee basis above and beyond the tuition of a student who is concurrently enrolled in another degree program at Dalhousie.