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Community Health and Well-being

In addition to expanding your career opportunities, you’ll learn how community health and well-being fit into the social, cultural, and political landscape, allowing you to help shape policy today and initiate a vision for the future.


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Child and Youth Care

Child and youth care is a practice-based discipline, with roots in psychology, sociology, medicine, social work, and education. The following courses will allow you to explore a field focused on research and practice which integrates developmental, preventative, and therapeutic requirements into the life space of children, youth, families, and communities. For more information, visit

Disability Studies

Disability Studies focuses on society's definition of and response to disability. Students explore the social context and experiences of persons with disabilities.

Disaster Emergency Management

This program is designed for existing and aspiring disaster management and emergency services professionals and first responders who wish to upgrade their education, pursue career opportunities, or perform volunteer work. Courses provide broad knowledge, case studies, and hands-on application within the local, provincial, federal, and international sectors of disaster and emergency response.

Important Note: Students registered in the Disaster and Emergency Management certificate should be aware that many of the Required Courses are listed under the Science subject area.

Early Childhood Studies

These courses introduce you to the challenging field of early childhood education. Whether working with children who have special needs or those from different ethno-racial backgrounds, diversity is key. Those who flourish in the field know that teaching, assessing, and guiding children begins with an understanding of the Canadian cultural mosaic. Early childhood educators' contribution to society is immeasurable. For more information, visit

Environmental Public Health Leadership

With a strong focus on current public health issues, these courses will provide you with knowledge of the most effective way to manage a workforce through program planning, implementation, policy, and administrative techniques. These offerings are intended for public health professionals that are seeking to upgrade their managerial skills or working toward a supervisory or management position within their organization.

Family Studies


Family Supports

Individuals seeking admission to the certificate program are strongly encouraged to contact the academic coordinator, Catherine Moher, by email. For general information on the program, phone 416.979.5035 or attend an Open House session. For more information, visit

Food and Nutrition

Food Security

These courses address issues of hunger, malnutrition, distribution of food, and environmental sustainability. For more information, visit

Fundraising Management

These courses provide a sound understanding of the role that fundraising can play in the charitable and voluntary sector. Interested students are encouraged to email Krishan Mehta, Academic Coordinator. For more information, visit


These interdisciplinary courses cover topics concerned with aging and the promotion of quality of life for older adults. For more information, visit

Health Services Management

Health Services Management is a unique part-time program, the first of its kind in Canada. It is designed to meet the needs of present and aspiring managers in health service organizations. In keeping with Ryerson’s tradition of professionally relevant education, the program has been designed in close consultation with leading practitioners, employers, and professional associations. It provides education in management theory and practice which builds on previous professional education and experience. Individual courses in the Health Services Management part-time degree completion program are available to all Chang School students who wish to upgrade their knowledge and skills in the health services management area. Courses examine the Canadian health system and the manager’s role in the health services organization. For more details about the part-time degree program, visit For more information, visit

Interdisciplinary Studies

In the professional world of community services, no discipline or profession operates in isolation. The following courses, many of which are available by distance education, will develop your understanding of issues faced in the field from an interdisciplinary perspective. They will provide the knowledge and skills you need to work effectively across professional and disciplinary boundaries. For more information, visit



Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Management

The Chang School has created these distinctive, interdisciplinary program offerings in response to the demand for education that focuses on the specialized needs of the sector. For more information, visit


The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, in co-operation with the Ryerson School of Nursing, has been highly responsive to the needs identified by nurses for high-quality, accessible, degree-level educational opportunities. Credit courses are offered in three categories:

(a) degree-credit professional courses selected from the BScN program,

(b) prerequisite and professionally related elective arts courses, and

(c) specialized credit electives in the Certificate in Advanced Nursing Leadership and Management.

Nursing website: more information and resources are available online, including room numbers, regional access centre locations, course outlines, information on the 19- and 30-month part-time degree in Nursing, and the Nursing Academic Planner.

Please note that all nursing courses involve computer use. Students require access to a computer with Microsoft Windows (Windows 2003 minimum) and Internet Explorer.

Occupational Health and Safety

These courses explore occupational health and safety. For more information, visit


Psychology courses address questions about the nature of human behaviour: how and why we act, think, feel, and reason, and how these questions are investigated through research.


COPS 150 — Clinical Supervision - Best Practices
COPS 250 — Independent Study
COPS 601 — Research Methodology
CPSY 102 — Introduction to Psychology I
CPSY 105 — Perspectives in Psychology
CPSY 124 — Social Psychology
CPSY 202 — Introduction to Psychology II
CPSY 214 — Psychopharmacology
CPSY 215 — Psychology of Addictions
CPSY 300 — Psychology and Law
CPSY 302 — Child Development
CPSY 304 — Psychology of Gender
CPSY 308 — Psychology of Thinking
CPSY 324 — Biological Psychology
CPSY 325 — Psychological Disorders
CPSY 335 — Clinical Psychology
CPSY 402 — Adult Development
CPSY 411 — Research Methods and Statistics I
CPSY 412 — Human Brain Circuitry
CPSY 504 — Social Psychology
CPSY 505 — Personality Theory
CPSY 511 — Research Methods and Statistics II
CPSY 518 — Environmental Psychology
CPSY 602 — Developmental Psychopathology
CPSY 605 — Psychology of Health and Health Care
CPSY 606 — Abnormal Psychology
CPSY 607 — Drugs and Human Behaviour
CPSY 614 — Psychology of Sport
CPSY 620 — Psychology of Immigration
CPSY 621 — Psychology of Human Sexuality
CPSY 622 — The Psychology of Criminal Behaviour
CPSY 682 — Sleep
CPSY 706 — Personal Growth and Positive Psychology
CPSY 707 — Models of Stress and Adaptation
CPSY 802 — Death, Dying and Bereavement
CPSY 805 — Adjustment, Stress and Coping
CPSY 806 — Behaviour Modification
CPSY 807 — Psychology of Prejudice
CPSY 808 — Community Psychology
CPSY 941 — Cross Cultural Psychology

Social Work

Your awareness of human diversity gives you insight – it's what motivates you in your fight to help solve social problems. If you want to work for social change in an urban environment, these courses are for you.


Courses offered in Sociology are designed to encourage the critical examination of today’s complex society and to broaden individuals’ understanding of the world in which they live.

Sustainability Management

Sustainability is regarded as a global issue that will impact society and the world we live in. These courses provide you with an opportunity to acquire cross-disciplinary knowledge of sustainability-related issues. For more information, visit

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