Location
Start Dates

  • January 08 2018
  • May 03 2018
  • August 30 2018
Duration

2Terms

Course Delivery

  • In Class
  • Hyflex
  • Combined Online
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $5,108
International: CAD $14,598

An optional four-week work experience is available after the fourth term. Fees and costs are required. 

Program Description

Get ready to lead. Build upon your expertise from your health or human services diploma or degree. This post-diploma certificate combines business courses with specialized health and human management electives. An integrated approach to prepare you to advance your career to new levels.

 
Delivery options

This post-diploma certificate is flexible to meet your learning needs and lifestyle. Course delivery times and options are varied to give you choice, including in-class daytime, weekends, evenings, and condensed; combined online (a mix of real time and any time); and hybrid (you choose throughout the term the best ways for you to connect to the material). You can complete the program in two terms or up to three years. You can start the program any term (Fall, Winter, or Spring). You choose what works best for you.

 
Potential careers in health and human services management

Graduates could work in health or human services agencies, non-profit organizations, private businesses, and government units in the following roles: 

Career Career
Executive director Assistant director
Director Program manager
Program coordinator Assistant manager
Team coordinator Team leader
Case manager

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Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca


Admission Requirements

Academic requirements
  • Diploma or degree in health or human services
  • Equivalencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis for applicants only
English language proficiency requirements

In addition to academic requirements, applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate one of the following:

  • IELTS score of 6 with minimum band score of 5.5
  • TOEFL score of 83
  • Bow Valley College Academic English 2 with a grade of 'B-' or better
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks score of 8 in each strand
  • Successful completion of an Alberta Education English Language Arts course that is consistent with the specified academic admission requirements for the career program
  • Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of three years of full-time secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction
  • Transcripts demonstrating successful completion of one year of full-time post-secondary education at a school where English was the language of instruction
Course Listings Request More Information
Prospective Student Centre

Room S1111, South Campus
345 - 6 Avenue SE
403-410-1402
Toll-free: 1-866-428-2669
info@bowvalleycollege.ca

Course Listing


Curriculum subject to change

Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

This course focusses on the importance of aligning human resource practices with organizational strategies and employment legislative acts. Through an exploration of workforce planning, recruitment, selection, orientation, learning and development, performance management, total rewards and recognition, learners reflect on the process of recruiting and retaining employees to achieve an engaged workforce. Trend analysis includes discussion on workplace health and safety.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

This course provides learners with an overview of how non-financial managers use financial information in planning, organizing, evaluating, and decision-making. Key topics include understanding financial information, analyzing financial statements and reports, the role of the finance and accounting department, and how financial information impacts organizational governance.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Career ElectivesChoose Three (3)(not all courses available each term):

Leaders in health and human services need to have the skills and knowledge to manage change within their professional roles, whether imposed by circumstances or self-initiated. In either case, leaders must address the needs of clients, staff, and colleagues to optimize opportunities and anticipate challenges. In this course, learners examine change in the context of health and human services organizations and create a comprehensive change management plan.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Policy creates the structure for the delivery of health and human services. Through the lens of the social determinants of health, learners examine the origins and formation of policy and how policy is influenced by politics, interest groups, and advocacy. In addition, learners consider how a health and human service manager works with policy or influences policy change.

Course Delivery:
Combined Online In Class

This course focuses on the skills needed to develop effective programs designed for Health and Human Services. Areas of focus include: program design principles, practices, evaluation, sustainability, impact, effectiveness and efficiency. The course undertakes a critical examination of these systems to provide effective support for populations served in the Health and Human Services field.

Course Delivery:
In Class Hyflex Combined Online

Fundraising and grant writing are essential skills in management for health and human services. This course takes an applied focus to raising funds from various sources. Learners examine a variety of fundraising strategies with an emphasis on grant-writing. Learners apply tools and strategies for fundraising objectives through for example, case study analysis and writing and critiquing grant proposals.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Case managers advocate, design, and support high quality client care within the health and human services sectors. Case managers collaborate with other professionals, individuals, their families and communities in the planning of care. This course examines the different professional perspectives and responsibilities for the integration, coordination, and collaboration of services.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Using foundational theory, research, and evidence-based practice, this course examines common mental health conditions and the role of the health and human services manager in addressing the complex needs created by those conditions for colleagues, clients, families, and the community. Through learning activities and the application of knowledge, learners gain specialized mental health strategies, approaches, and skills needed to support those either in the workplace or associated with the workplace.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

This course examines the concepts of common chronic illness while focusing on managing chronic conditions and maintaining quality of life. Learners apply the current evidence-informed principles in chronic illness prevention and management, program facilitation, and program evaluation.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course explores the complex pathological processes of dementia. Learners examine how the individual with dementia is affected by their environment. Through theory and evidence-informed practice, learners gain knowledge and skills needed to support individuals, families, and their communities in coping with dementia.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Health and human services environments include a wide variety of stakeholders within community. Building networks and capacity is a key goal of leadership. This course explores the theory and practice behind community engagement.

Course Delivery:
Combined Online In Class

Managers in health and human service settings face critical issues impacting practice and leadership. Learners identify and research current issues and trends within the health and human service sectors. Learners critically evaluate and professionally communicate approaches toward the resolution of issues through the use of a variety of theoretical perspectives as well as ethical and legal considerations.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

This course provides health and human service managers with an understanding of the relationship between research and their specific field as well as how research may inform their professional practice. In this course, students identify the key components of the research process, consider qualitative and quantitative research methods, and explore ethical considerations for health and human service research. Students critically evaluate relevant research to determine its applicability and how it may be utilized in their work.

Course Delivery:
Combined Online In Class

Within the field of early childhood education, pedagogy evolves through research informing the delivery of curriculum. Effective leaders are challenged to keep abreast of current and emerging practices while managing educator teams through the introduction of new methods, learning resources, and equipment.

Course Delivery:
Combined Online In Class

Many professions within the Health and Human Service sector require leaders to train or educate clients, staff, and colleagues. These instructional roles are best informed by the application of adult learning principles and current scholarship of teaching and learning.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

This course examines the history, risk factors, and current policy and practice responses to homelessness in Canada. Learners critically explore determining factors and the relationship between homelessness and other social issues. Learners apply theory and evidence in the design of potential interventions and solutions to address homelessness within the health and human service sectors.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Leaders who facilitate International service learning experiences require competencies in cultural intelligence, global thinking, and community building. In this course, learners develop skills in transformational and ethical leadership to balance the needs of service learning participants while prioritizing and assessing the needs of the community.

Course Delivery:
Combined Online In Class

Building on the skills learned in HMSV3998 learners participate in and lead an international service learning experience. The practical experience brings greater depth of understanding, and offers opportunity to build compassion and make meaningful contributions by applying skills and knowledge in international host sites
Prerequisite: HMSV3998

Course Delivery:

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

The study of what people think, feel, and do in and around organizations is key to the search for best practice methods and organizational effectiveness. Throughout this course, we will focus on human behavior from an individual, group, and organization perspective while analyzing key elements which influence human behavior and thinking. In addition to the theory component, students will also have an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills through group work, discussion, research, and personal reflection.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

Learners are introduced to concepts, terms, and theories which provide an understanding of the principles of management. Key functions of management, including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, are addressed. The exploration of key functional areas assists learners in developing their own managerial practice. Learners are informed of the vital role a manager plays in an organization.

Course Delivery:
Any-time Online In Class

Career ElectivesChoose Two (2)(not all courses available each term):

Leaders in health and human services need to have the skills and knowledge to manage change within their professional roles, whether imposed by circumstances or self-initiated. In either case, leaders must address the needs of clients, staff, and colleagues to optimize opportunities and anticipate challenges. In this course, learners examine change in the context of health and human services organizations and create a comprehensive change management plan.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Policy creates the structure for the delivery of health and human services. Through the lens of the social determinants of health, learners examine the origins and formation of policy and how policy is influenced by politics, interest groups, and advocacy. In addition, learners consider how a health and human service manager works with policy or influences policy change.

Course Delivery:
Combined Online In Class

This course focuses on the skills needed to develop effective programs designed for Health and Human Services. Areas of focus include: program design principles, practices, evaluation, sustainability, impact, effectiveness and efficiency. The course undertakes a critical examination of these systems to provide effective support for populations served in the Health and Human Services field.

Course Delivery:
In Class Hyflex Combined Online

Fundraising and grant writing are essential skills in management for health and human services. This course takes an applied focus to raising funds from various sources. Learners examine a variety of fundraising strategies with an emphasis on grant-writing. Learners apply tools and strategies for fundraising objectives through for example, case study analysis and writing and critiquing grant proposals.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Case managers advocate, design, and support high quality client care within the health and human services sectors. Case managers collaborate with other professionals, individuals, their families and communities in the planning of care. This course examines the different professional perspectives and responsibilities for the integration, coordination, and collaboration of services.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Using foundational theory, research, and evidence-based practice, this course examines common mental health conditions and the role of the health and human services manager in addressing the complex needs created by those conditions for colleagues, clients, families, and the community. Through learning activities and the application of knowledge, learners gain specialized mental health strategies, approaches, and skills needed to support those either in the workplace or associated with the workplace.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

This course examines the concepts of common chronic illness while focusing on managing chronic conditions and maintaining quality of life. Learners apply the current evidence-informed principles in chronic illness prevention and management, program facilitation, and program evaluation.

Course Delivery:
In Class

This course explores the complex pathological processes of dementia. Learners examine how the individual with dementia is affected by their environment. Through theory and evidence-informed practice, learners gain knowledge and skills needed to support individuals, families, and their communities in coping with dementia.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Health and human services environments include a wide variety of stakeholders within community. Building networks and capacity is a key goal of leadership. This course explores the theory and practice behind community engagement.

Course Delivery:
Combined Online In Class

Managers in health and human service settings face critical issues impacting practice and leadership. Learners identify and research current issues and trends within the health and human service sectors. Learners critically evaluate and professionally communicate approaches toward the resolution of issues through the use of a variety of theoretical perspectives as well as ethical and legal considerations.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

This course provides health and human service managers with an understanding of the relationship between research and their specific field as well as how research may inform their professional practice. In this course, students identify the key components of the research process, consider qualitative and quantitative research methods, and explore ethical considerations for health and human service research. Students critically evaluate relevant research to determine its applicability and how it may be utilized in their work.

Course Delivery:
Combined Online In Class

Within the field of early childhood education, pedagogy evolves through research informing the delivery of curriculum. Effective leaders are challenged to keep abreast of current and emerging practices while managing educator teams through the introduction of new methods, learning resources, and equipment.

Course Delivery:
Combined Online In Class

Many professions within the Health and Human Service sector require leaders to train or educate clients, staff, and colleagues. These instructional roles are best informed by the application of adult learning principles and current scholarship of teaching and learning.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

This course examines the history, risk factors, and current policy and practice responses to homelessness in Canada. Learners critically explore determining factors and the relationship between homelessness and other social issues. Learners apply theory and evidence in the design of potential interventions and solutions to address homelessness within the health and human service sectors.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Leaders who facilitate International service learning experiences require competencies in cultural intelligence, global thinking, and community building. In this course, learners develop skills in transformational and ethical leadership to balance the needs of service learning participants while prioritizing and assessing the needs of the community.

Course Delivery:
Combined Online In Class

Building on the skills learned in HMSV3998 learners participate in and lead an international service learning experience. The practical experience brings greater depth of understanding, and offers opportunity to build compassion and make meaningful contributions by applying skills and knowledge in international host sites
Prerequisite: HMSV3998

Course Delivery:

Career Electives 2Choose one(1)of the following:

This course examines the legal rights, responsibilities and obligations of employers and employees within the workplace. A framework of employment law is reviewed throughout the recruiting, hiring, performance managing, promoting and the terminating of employees. Laws pertaining to Human Rights, Employment Standards, Workers' Compensation, Equity in the Workplace and Privacy are researched, as human resource professionals must learn to assess risks and to evaluate options that reduce potential liability. Trends are analyzed about social media in the workplace.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Labour Relations examines the history of industrial relations and unions within Canada as well as analyzes union management roles and relationships within the Alberta workplace. The role of human resources within a union environment is explored and the relationship with key stakeholders (unions, employees, employers, and governments) are outlined. The collective bargaining process which includes the negotiation of articles within a collective agreement is assessed. Trend analysis includes changes that have been made to the negotiation process.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

This course focusses on the total rewards package that includes compensation, benefits, and monetary or non-monetary rewards. The importance of aligning the organizational strategy with the total rewards package forms the foundation for this human resource functional area. Alberta legislative acts are researched. Practical experience with the process of job evaluation and connecting performance standards to the compensation plan are explained. Trends in compensation are researched.
Prerequisite: HRES2201

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) articulates an organization's purpose, values, and concerns for society. This course examines concepts and practical approaches successful companies use to integrate CSR strategies with the needs of business and how they evolve their strategies as business needs change.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

This course explores both the creation of an entrepreneurial venture as well as the development of an innovative, entrepreneurial and team approach to business. Learners are challenged to develop an entrepreneurial mindset through engagement in a process that includes identifying entrepreneurial opportunities, testing business model attribute hypotheses, and presenting an entrepreneurial opportunity. Working through this process builds awareness of the experiences an entrepreneur will have in practice.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

This course introduces various marketing concepts and practices. Topics include: market research, consumer motivation, buyer behaviour patterns, the industrial market, product planning and development, distribution channels, the price system, personal selling and advertising.

Course Delivery:
In Class Combined Online

Program FAQs

You can take the program either full-time or part-time. Full-time and part-time learners can choose both in-class or online options for their course selections (we will not offer all courses each semester). The full-time delivery is suited to graduates who wish to earn the certificate in two semesters (approximately 30 weeks) of study. Part-time delivery is best suited to those who would like to take up to three years to complete the program. 

You can take the program through a variety of in-class and/or online options. If you are working full-time, you can choose both in-class and on-line courses that work with your schedule. 

There are four mandatory business courses that all learners must complete. Learners also choose one business elective and five health and human service electives.

The Academic Advising Centre can help students with course selection after they have been admitted to the program. 

Yes, many of the electives are offered through Open Studies. The selection of courses changes each semester. See the Open Studies page for more information 

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