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Certificate in
Health Studies

Note: This certificate program may be completed entirely at a distance. Visit the distance education website for further information.

The Certificate in Health Studies is comprised of specially selected courses from other health-related Chang School certificate programs, such as Health Informatics, Health Services Management, Ethics, Psychology, and Aging and Gerontology. It provides a diverse set of courses that can fill gaps in your knowledge and skill set. If you are looking for depth in a particular area of study, you may instead choose to take the appropriate other health-related certificate. The Health Studies certificate will provide flexibility to choose courses that meet your professional development needs while allowing the opportunity to earn a certificate.

Through five elective courses in specialized streams of Health Informatics, Health Services Management, Health Ethics, Gerontology, and Psychology, learners are free to choose their own selection to equip them with specific knowledge pertinent to their personal goals or professional interests.

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/healthstudies.

Academic Coordinator: Pria Nippak, pnippak@ryerson.ca

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six OAC credits or Grade 12 U or M credits, or equivalent, or mature student status. Completion of a related professional development award will qualify students for entry into the certificate.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Course

CHSM 301   Health Services Management:  The Healthcare Systems


Electives (select five)

Students select a total of five electives from one or more of the five streams.

Open to all streams

Students may only select one of CCMN 279 or CCMN 314.

CCMN 279   Communication:  Introduction to Professional Communication
CCMN 314   Communication:  Professional Presentations


Gerontology Stream

CINT 904   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Health Promotion and Community Development
CVGE 140   Gerontology:  Aging and the Individual
CVGE 141   Gerontology:  Aging and Society


Health Data Analytics Stream

CHIM 301   Health Information Management:  Healthcare Information Analysis
CHIM 408   Health Information Management:  Statistics for Health Services Managers


Health Ethics Stream

Students may only select one of CPHL 302 or CPHL 509.

CPHL 302   Philosophy:  Ethics and Health Care
CPHL 444   Philosophy:  Ethics in Health Services Management
CPHL 509   Philosophy:  Bioethics
CPHL 602   Philosophy:  Health Policy: Ethics and Justice


Health Informatics Stream

CHIM 305   Health Information Management:  Introduction to Health Informatics
CHIM 306   Health Information Management:  Healthcare Interoperability
CHIM 307   Health Information Management:  Human-Computer Interfaces in Healthcare
CLAW 402   Law:  Health Information Access and Privacy


Health Services Management Stream

CHSM 305   Health Services Management:  The Management Cycle
CHSM 306   Health Services Management:  Management Leadership and Decision-Making
CHSM 330   Health Services Management:  Managerial Epidemiology for Healthcare
CHSM 437   Health Services Management:  Human Resources Management in Healthcare
CTEC 210   Technology Studies:  Fundamentals of Project Management


Psychology Stream

Students may only select one of CPSY 102 or CPSY 105.

CPSY 102   Psychology:  Introduction to Psychology I
CPSY 105   Psychology:  Perspectives in Psychology
CPSY 325   Psychology:  Psychological Disorders
CPSY 605   Psychology:  Psychology of Health and Health Care
CPSY 607   Psychology:  Drugs and Human Behaviour
CPSY 802   Psychology:  Death, Dying and Bereavement
CPSY 805   Psychology:  Adjustment, Stress and Coping
CPSY 808   Psychology:  Community Psychology


Note to registered certificate program students
Electives - Health Services Management Stream
CKPM 202 deleted.
CTEC 210 added.

Professional Development

You can receive an acknowledgement of professional achievement once you have successfully completed three courses as follows:

Professional Development Award: Health Data Analytics requires completion of three courses: CHIM 301, CHIM 408, and CHSM 301.

Professional Development Award: Health Ethics requires completion of three courses: (CPHL 302 or CPHL 509), or CPHL 334, or CPHL 444, or CPHL 602.

Professional Development Award: Health Informatics requires completion of three courses: CHIT 100, or CHIT 201, or CHIT 300, or CLAW 402.

Professional Development Award: Health Services Management requires completion of CHSM 305, CHSM 306, and CHSM 437.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CCMN 279   Communication:  Introduction to Professional Communication
CHIM 301   Health Information Management:  Healthcare Information Analysis
CHIM 305   Health Information Management:  Introduction to Health Informatics
CHIM 306   Health Information Management:  Healthcare Interoperability
CHIM 307   Health Information Management:  Human-Computer Interfaces in Healthcare
CHIM 408   Health Information Management:  Statistics for Health Services Managers
CHSM 301   Health Services Management:  The Healthcare Systems
CHSM 305   Health Services Management:  The Management Cycle
CHSM 306   Health Services Management:  Management Leadership and Decision-Making
CHSM 330   Health Services Management:  Managerial Epidemiology for Healthcare
CHSM 437   Health Services Management:  Human Resources Management in Healthcare
CINT 904   Interdisciplinary Studies:  Health Promotion and Community Development
CLAW 402   Law:  Health Information Access and Privacy
CPHL 302   Philosophy:  Ethics and Health Care
CPHL 509   Philosophy:  Bioethics
CPSY 325   Psychology:  Psychological Disorders
CPSY 607   Psychology:  Drugs and Human Behaviour
CTEC 210   Technology Studies:  Fundamentals of Project Management