Certificate in Chronic Condition Management

Offered by:  School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health

Coordinator: Tanya Packer, tanya.packer@dal.ca, (902) 494-2615


Chronic condition management is an approach used to help people with chronic conditions like diabetes, cardiopulmonary disease, mental illness or neurological conditions manage their health and everyday life. Because this practice is now being adopted in a number of disciplines, the skills gained from this certificate will open doors for a variety of students.

The way people with chronic conditions and disabilities manage their lives is changing. Our multi-disciplinary team in the School of Occupational Therapy is investigating all aspects of chronic disease management. Our evidence-based self-management interventions for adults and adolescents, using face-to-face as well as innovative internet technology, are supporting individuals to maximize participation in everyday life. We are also learning about the health and social systems needed to support individuals to self-manage and finding new ways to educate the health work force to deliver  best practice. We are changing policy and improving lives.

Admission Requirements / Eligibility:

If you are working in health, social, leisure, educational and recreational services, these graduate certificates could be for you. You must meet the minimum admission requirements as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  Others may be eligible and will be considered on a case by case basis.

Certificate Requirements:

Core course requirements:

OCCU 6508.03 Chronic Condition Management


Electives (Pick 6 credit hours from the following):

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

Application of Credit Hours Towards Other Degree Requirements: {Pick one, based on double-counting structure}

Courses completed as part of this certificate may be double-counted towards the requirements of a concurrent degree, subject to approval by the student’s supervisor and graduate coordinator in their primary degree program.  Courses not approved to count towards the primary degree requirements will result in additional tuition fees on a per-course fee basis.