Certificate in Emergency Health Services Systems Planning

The School of Health Administration offers an undergraduate Certificate in Emergency Health Services System Planning (CEHSP). The certificate is designed for professionals seeking domain-specific knowledge in Emergency Health Services management.

The objective of the certificate is to assist individuals working in emergency health services organizations to more effectively manage community needs and resources. The certificate aims to:

  • Help emergency and disaster health services managers to design an efficient pre-hospital care system through community-based emergency health need assessment with regard to people, time, and place
  • Enable managers to design an Emergency Health Services system that meets the needs of community by integrating the elements of planning cycle and unique specification of Emergency Health Services system structure

The Certificate in Emergency Health Services System Planning (CEHSP) is also designed in a manner that allows the interested individual to continue on with more advanced training.

Admission Requirements

You must meet the Dalhousie University undergraduate admission requirements to be considered for this program. This certificate program does not typically accept people applying directly from high school. It is recommended that you have work or volunteer experience in the health services industry before applying for the program.

A complete application consists of the following documents:

  • A completed application form and fee
  • An official transcript of the record of academic work completed to date
  • One letter of reference (academic or professional)
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency. See General Admission Requirements.

Application deadlines are:

  • March 1 for September start
  • November 15 for January start
  • March 15 for May start


The one-year certificate features both academic and results-oriented curriculum. Students accepted into the Certificate in Emergency Health Services System Planning (CEHSP) take the following half credit classes:

  • Fall Semester - Required Course
    HESA 4004: Healthcare Planning
  • Winter Semester - Required Course
    HESA 4200: Epidemiology for Managers
  • Summer Semester - Required Course
    HESA 4030: Emergency Health Services Systems Design

Program Delivery

The Certificate in Emergency Health Services System Planning (CEHSP) is fully online offering flexible study options. The certificate is conducted through the Internet and web-based conferencing tool within the Dalhousie e-Learning platform. The Dalhousie e-Learning platform consists of a well-established suite of tools, which provide mechanisms for interactive exercises, such as group discussions, presentations, and information sharing. The certificate uses on-line learning technology for recommended readings, lessons, and course activities (e.g. assignments, tests, self-tests, etc.).