Graduate Certificate in Public Health for Vulnerable Populations, Postgraduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Public Health for Vulnerable Populations, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
Online
This program focuses on health equity – the absence of unfair and avoidable or remediable differences in health among social groups – and populations who experience a disproportionate burden of health and social disparities in society. A special emphasis is placed on recognition that the human right to health implies the empowerment of disadvantaged communities to exercise the greatest possible control over the factors that determine their health.

About

Our Graduate Certificates in Public Health(Online Delivery) enable and support health professionals to enhance core competencies in public health while working in the communities that need them.

From the workplace, we invite public health practitioners to share their knowledge and experience with students as mentors, instructors, practicum supervisors, and research partners.

We welcome the public health community to experience a learning environment that supports, connects, and innovates.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health for Vulnerable Populations

In Canada, the importance of reducing health disparities has emerged as an imperative for health policy makers and public health practitioners. Over the next ten years, jurisdictions across Canada will see rising rates of chronic preventable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, tobacco-related illnesses, and environmental illnesses. These problems are, and will continue to be particularly acute in specific vulnerable populations.

Courses will focus on populations who experience a disproportionate burden of health and social disparities in society. The guiding ethical principle for courses developed for the Certificate in Public Health for Vulnerable Populations is health equity, defined as the absence of unfair and avoidable or remediable differences in health among social groups, with the understanding that the primary responsibility for protecting health equity rests with governments. A special emphasis will be placed on recognition that the human right to health implies the empowerment of disadvantaged communities to exercise the greatest possible control over the factors that determine their health.

Accreditation

Canada has no formal system of university accreditation. In Canada, higher education is the constitutional responsibility of the country’s 10 provinces and three territories, and universities derive degree-granting authority from provincial legislation. Concordia became a degree-granting institution in 1987, offering undergraduate and graduate degrees.

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada accepted Concordia into membership in 1990. AAUC is not a national accreditation body. Membership in AUCC held in conjunction with an appropriate provincial legislation or charter is generally accepted in Canada as the equivalent of institutional accreditation, which is common in the United States.

Canadian universities guarantee the quality and integrity of their academic programs. They have declared their commitment to AUCC’s principles of institutional quality assurance in Canadian higher education.

Our Quality Commitment

Concordia University College of Alberta is committed to the highest standards in education, spiritual care, service, and professional conduct and to the delivery of the best university programs for undergraduate, graduate and after-degree students. We value individual potential and offer a student-focused liberal arts education. We foster a Christian lifestyle on campus and encourage a dual commitment to academic excellence and religious vitality.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Urban Health and Healthy Public Policy
  • Aboriginal Health and Healthy Public Policy
  • Public health for Children and Youth at Risk
  • Public Health and Labour Market Disadvantage
  • Public Health and Socially Marginalized Populations
  • Interpersonal Violence and Public Health

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    9 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    80

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.3
Recommended score: 2.3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 2.3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Admission requirements:

A minimum grade of C+ (2.3) is required to qualify towards the graduate certificate. An overall GPA of 3.0 is required for completion of the certificate.

Graduate Certificates in Public Health (PHLD, PHSC, PHVP)

1) A professional resume

2) ONE of the following:

  • Copy of professional designation certificate (e.g., CIPHI, RN, OT, PT)
  • Letter of employment (must be original on official letterhead and confirm the job title and employment period)
  • Professional reference letter from a mentor or colleague (must be original on official letterhead and confirm the job title and employment period)

English Language Requirement

All applicants are required to demonstrate ONE of the following requirements, regardless of citizenship or country of origin:

  • Applicants meet the requirement if they have a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction.
    • The Faculty of Graduate Studies reserves the right to determine whether a particular institution is recognized as an institution in which the language of instruction is English.
  • A satisfactory score on one of the approved English language proficiency exams:
    • TOEFL: minimum iBT score of 80 (CUCA Institution code: 0916)
    • IELTS: (Academic Module) minimum overall score of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5
    • MELAB: minimum score of 85
    • CAEL: minimum overall score of 60 with at least 60 on each subtest

*Please note that English proficiency exams must be sent to our office directly from the testing centre.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    984 CAD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 984 CAD per module and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Funding

As a smaller university, Concordia has a history of providing high quality education and a tradition of personal care for students. Planning ahead is the best way to put in place the financial resources to attend Concordia. While students attending university on a study permit are not eligible for Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial financial assistance, Concordia does offer some scholarships and bursaries for qualified international students after arriving. Here are a few links to get you started:

  • Scholarships for High School International Students
  • Scholarships for Graduate International Students
  • Canadian Bureau for International Education
  • Government of Canada International Scholarship Program
  • Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers
  • Immigrant Access Fund
  • Citizen and Immigration Canada
  • William D. Ford Direct Loan Program for US students
  • Scholarship Times
  • istudentcanada.ca

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