Certificate in Health Coaching

Program Overview

An Evidence-based Health Coach Certificate for Professionals featuring Technology Assisted Health Coaching

 This 14 day Certificate in Health Coaching teaches professionals the foundational competencies and skills to provide health coaching to their clients – in one to one practice and team based care, within private practice and organizations.

Program Summary

  • Technology Assisted Health Coaching– the only one of its kind in North America. Using an evidence based approach, have access to the latest technology/applications to assist your health coaching practice, your clients and families, and your team
  • Relationship based and patient centered– using communication as a key to behaviour change
  • Coaching for chronic disease states and mental health
  • Grounded in Behaviour Change methods and tools
  • Gain buy-in with the team, client, family and system to support goals
  • Health Coaching for a wide range of clients and complexity

The Certificate in Health Coaching is integrated with Undergraduate and Graduate studies in Health Coaching. The Certificate is affiliated with the Connected Health and Wellness Project - Redefining Canadian Health Care.

Program Description

Through the Certificate in Health Coaching at York University, participants will acquire the foundational competencies, knowledge and skills required to become a Health Coach. Students will learn to facilitate healthy behaviour changes and support sustaining this change, among individuals, for the primary and secondary prevention and/or management of chronic disease. This program integrates theory and practical skills to help participants develop highly effective, evidence-based health coaching practices. To maximize the transfer of knowledge from the classroom to clinical setting, participants will be guided through a competency-based curriculum that involves a combination of didactic instruction, demonstration, and live role plays through structured and standardizes case examples. By the completion of this certificate program, participants will have the confidence to deliver health-coaching interventions to individuals, and will be poised to apply their skills to public or private clinical settings.

Program Objectives

Upon the completion of the Health Coaching Certificate program, participants will be able to:

  • Communicate with clients and their families/support network about the importance of adherence to healthy diet, physical activity, medications, and a variety of health outcomes (e.g., weight, blood glucose, blood pressure)
  • Apply a foundation of health coaching skills to motivate and guide behaviour changes
  • Assess clients and their histories to develop behaviour change roadmaps
  • Implement and monitor the progress of interventions
  • Identify and manage resistance to change
  • Deploy a highly effective, evidence-based health coaching practice

Who Should Attend

The Health Coach Certificate is designed for individuals who are licensed to practice as a regulated Health Professional, Allied Health Professional, Dentist, Pharmacist, Social Worker, or ordained/licensed clergy in Canada or the USA. Proof of registration or licence may be requested.

If you are unsure if you should register, contact us  or  REQUEST A BROCHURE

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor the Health Coach Certificate? A limited number of sponsorship opportunities and options are available – contact Tania Xerri, Director, HLLN for more details xerri@yorku.ca or 416 736 2100 ext 22142

Full Program at a Glance

Program Schedule at a Glance for 2016

14 days over 4 months

Convenient Thursday/Friday/Saturday sessions


Module Schedule
Module 1: Day 1-2-3
Health Coaching Foundations - The System, Client Coach Interaction, and Motivating Behaviour Change
Module 2: Day 4-5-6
Behaviour Change, Case Conceptualization, and Health Coach Technologies
Module 3: Day 7-8-9
Assessment and Client-Centred Treatment Plans
Module 4: Day 10-11-12
Health Coach Implementation: Finalizing and Implementing Treatment Plans, and Monitoring Outcomes
Module 5: Day 13-14
Learning Consolidation, Health Coaching Simulation, and Program End

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All of the above dates are Full Days. Full Days are 9am – 4:30pm


Participants are responsible for assessing their continuing education or membership requirements and submitting course hours for credit.

The Health Coach Certificate Program

  • has been reviewed and accepted for Continuing Education Credit by the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP). Certified members may submit evidence of workshops and seminars they have attended and the Certification Committee will assign CEUs on an individual basis.
  • has been pre-accreditated for 98 continuing education credits from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). CCPA continuing education forms will be handed out on completion of the program as requested.
  • has been approved for a continuing education point by the Canadian Society for Nutrition Management in the category of Nutrition and Healthy Living.
  • is eligible as a learning activity for the continuing competence program under the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Services Workers (OCSWSS). Note: Participants are responsible for determining if the program is applicable to their individual goals, and for submitting the certificate of completion as part of their continuing competence program.


Program Content

Program Module Descriptions

The Health Coach Certificate is comprised of 14 full day sessions, over the course of 4 months. The Certificate consists of interactive, module-based sessions.

Introduction to the Health Coach Certificate and laying the groundwork for a successful Health Coach Practice

Through the first module, the role of the health coach will be defined and placed into the Canadian context. An overview of health determinants will be provided, and a host of ethical and regulatory issues will be considered

What you will learn:

  • How health coaching is defined (the people, the processes, the actions)
  • Current evidence supporting the practice of health coaching in a variety of populations
  • Health coaching in the Canadian context
  • A host of Important considerations including ethics and regulatory issues including scopes of practice, privacy, informed consent, and documentation, and ethics
Health Coaching Phase I: Health Coaching Foundations - The System, Client Coach Interaction, and Motivating Behaviour Change

The focus of this module is on establishing the foundations for health coaching with clients. Frameworks for establishing the client-coach relationship, and evaluating and enhancing individuals’ motivation for change will be discussed. Behaviour change theories at the levels of the individual, and larger health system context will be reviewed to identify opportunities to maximize behaviour changes. Participants will also be introduced to the first set of behaviour change skills relevant to health coaching.

What you will learn:

  • Frameworks and processes to promote effective client-coach relationships
  • Strategies to enhance motivation and behaviour changes

How systems in which individual clients function can act as barriers and facilitators to behaviour changes

Health Coaching Phase II: Behaviour Change, Case Conceptualization, and Health Coach Technologies

The focus of this module is on the assessment of client histories (personal, behavioural, medical) to facilitate the conceptualization of health coaching clients. This process will further foster the working relationship and guide treatment plans. Participants will also be introduced to a second set of behaviour change skills relevant to health coaching.

What you will learn:

  • Methods and measures to evaluate client histories, goals, and key behaviour change outcomes
  • Frameworks to guide the development of case conceptualizations
  • How to implement these tools to establish client centered treatment plans
  • About another set of relevant behaviour change skills

Following the completion of this module, participants will be asked to develop a case conceptualization of a client as a take home exercise. Participants will be asked to present their assignment to the group as part of a simulated case conference at the end of module four (4).

Feature – Health Coaching Technology Expo – In partnership: York University – The Health Coach Institute, VentureLab, and Kingbridge Centre.

Certificate participants will have the opportunity to experience a variety of health coaching technologies during lunch, breaks, and other scheduled times during this module. You will have the opportunity to explore the latest technologies, ask questions of company representatives, and learn about the evidence to support their use as process and outcome measures. Participants will also be introduced to the final set of relevant behaviour change skills.

What you will learn:

  • A range of tools and technologies available for clients to assess, and self-monitor their health behaviours and outcomes
  • Strategies for incorporating the use of technologies into health coaching practices
  • About the final set of relevant behaviour change skills


Health Coaching Phase III: Assessment and Client-Centred Treatment Plans

This module will focus on tools for individuals to assess and self-monitor their health behaviours. A broad discussion of technologies will be provided, and ways to integrate their use into health coaching practices and settings will be facilitated. An overview of learning theories will also help clients and coaches to set and structure behaviour change goals that promote success.

On Day 3 of this module, a simulated case conference will be run to provide a forum for participants to present, and receive feedback on their case conceptualization assignment from Module 3.

Health Coaching Phase IV: Health Coach Implementation: Finalizing and Implementing Treatment Plans, and Monitoring Outcomes

Through this module, participants will learn how to finalize their health coaching protocols. We will also discuss some practical elements related to the implementation of health coaching process (e.g., structuring sessions, tailoring coaching to difference modes of health coaching delivery). We will also consider ways to adapt health coaching to a variety of special populations (e.g., individuals with chronic disease or mental health issues).

What you will learn:

  • Steps to finalizing treatment protocols tailored to the needs of individual clients
  • How to implement coaching protocols using a variety of delivery models
  • How to tailor health coaching approaches to meet the unique needs of special populations
Health Coaching Phase V: Learning Consolidation, Health Coaching Simulation, and Program End

 The focus of this final capstone module is to demonstrate proficiency with the application of the health coaching skills and processes. Professional actors will be used to simulate a series of standardized cases and scenarios that may arise during the health coach process. The goal of this module is to enhance participants’ confidence and readiness to incorporate health coaching into their respective practices. Leading clinical experts will be on hand to provide participants with feedback on the applications of health coaching.

What you will lean:

  • How to implement your health coaching process and skills using a variety of simulated cases and scenarios
  • How to build your confidence with the implementation of health coaching
  • About opportunities for further growth and professional development with health coaching
Starting Your Health and Wellness Building (Optional and offered separately)

Leading business experts will provide practical guidance on establishing and maintaining a successful health coaching practice. For more information Visit the website http://hlln.ca/starting-your-health-and-wellness-business/


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Application and Registration

 Next Steps to receive your Certificate in Health Coaching from York University

  1. Register - Download the registration form or contact us at hlln@yorku.ca or 416 736 2100 ext 22170
  1. Ask us questions about the program at any time  - Michael Coons, Program Director or Tania Xerri, Director, Health Leadership & Learning Network  416-736-2100 ext 22170, hlln@yorku.ca,
  1. Attend a free Information Webinar about the Program - Contact us at hlln@ yorku.ca or 416-736-2100 ext 22170 and we will make sure you are notified about any upcoming Webinars for the Health Coach Certificate. At these webinars, the instructors will detail what the program will cover, and you can ask them questions

To earn the York University Health Coaching Certificate, participants must:

  • Attend and participate in all 14 in person sessions
  • All sessions must be completed in sequence
  • Currently hold a license as a regulated health/allied health professional, pharmacist or social worker

This course is open to all licensed health/allied health professionals, pharmacists, and registered Social Workers, in Canada and the USA, and Internationally. Use of Health Coaching will be within their practice and under their current license/registration. If you are from another province or the USA, let us know via the registration form


Full tuition fee is payable upon notification of acceptance through 21 days before the first day of the program, unless special payment plan has been arranged with HLLN. Contact HLLN for more details about payment plans 416 736 2100 ext 22170

Program Changes
We will make every effort to present the program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the date, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Health Leadership & Learning Network liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Cancellations and Substitutions
If you are unable to attend the program you may transfer to the next session, subject to the 21 day written notification requirement. Your organization may name a replacement candidate

Only one full course transfer (after full refund period and after program start) will be permitted (subject to space availability), without penalty. Each subsequent transfer (after full refund period and after program start) has a $200 administration fee.

We strongly encourage you to ensure you can attend all modules. If you must miss a module, notify us as far in advance as possible. Subject to availability, you may be transferred to the same module in the next program session. Completion of the certificate and awarding of the certificate is subject to successful completion of the modules and approval by the program director.

A full refund will be issued for written cancellations received a minimum of 21 days before the program start date.  Written cancellations received after this date will incur an administration charge of $1,000. Non-attendance or withdrawal/cancellation after program start date will incur a full program fee. HLLN contact information in this brochure or on the website

Non-attendance or withdrawal after the program start date will incur a full program fee with no refunds

Questions? Contact us 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or hlln@yorku.ca



All faculty members who teach in the Health Coaching Certificate are leading experts in the healthcare profession, health law or business. They are passionate about teaching, and are committed to helping to improve the health of Canadians.

Dr. Michael J. Coons - PhD, CPsych, CBSM

Program Director, Assistant Professor-University of Toronto, Adjunct Professor-York University

Dr. Coons is a clinical psychologist who specializes in health psychology. He completed his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo, and his pre-doctoral clinical internship in medical psychology at Duke University Medical Centre. He was formerly on faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University, and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto, and Adjunct Professor in Psychology at York University.

Dr. Coons has also been appointed to the Obesity Scientific Committee of the American Heart Association (2012-2014; 2014-2016). Dr. Coons’ expertise is in the implementation of cognitive and behavioural interventions for the treatment of health-related problems. These include: obesity and weight management, psychosocial adjustment to chronic diseases (e.g., Type 1 and 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pain), adherence to health behaviours for chronic disease prevention and management (e.g., diet, exercise, medications), and insomnia and related behavioural sleep issues (e.g., adherence to sleep apnea treatment). Dr. Coons’ expertise also includes the assessment and treatment of mood anxiety problems that often co-occur with acute and chronic illnesses).

Lonny J. Rosen - C.S

Rosen Sunshine LLP, Specialist in Health Law

Lonny J. Rosen* is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Health Law. He advises individual, corporate and institutional clients with respect to health care legislation and policies, and represents clients in a wide range of civil and administrative proceedings. He regularly represents health professionals in complaint and discipline matters, investigations, audits and peer reviews, hospital privileges disputes and in hearings before various health tribunals. Lonny advises clients on a wide variety of health law issues, including with respect to privacy, the delivery of private health care and other aspects of practice management. His clients include health care professionals, administrators of health care facilities, professional associations, and individuals.

Diana Sherifali - RN, PhD, CDE

Associate Professor, School of Nursing and Joint Faculty, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact, McMaster University
Associate Researcher, Population Health Research Institute, Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University
Clinical Nurse Specialist, Diabetes Care and Research Program, Hamilton Health Sciences.

Diana’s research interests include evidence-based diabetes practice and the implementation and evaluation of strategies for diabetes self-care at the patient, provider and population level.  She has been funded by Diabetes Canada, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.  She is currently leading a trial to evaluate the effect of a diabetes health coach on diabetes control and quality of life.

She has authored or co-authored over 50 papers and is currently the Methods Co-Chair and Co-Author on three chapters for the 2018 Diabetes Canada's Clinical Practice guidelines. Finally, Diana is the Deputy Editor of the Canadian Journal of Diabetes and has been an active volunteer with Diabetes Canada since 1998.

Kathryn Walker - PhD

Clinical and Health Psychologist-SickKids Hospital, and University of Toronto

Dr. Kathryn (Katie) Walker is a registered Clinical and Health Psychologist at the Hospital for Sick Children.  She completed her graduate training at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where much of her research and clinical work centered on the treatment of ADHD and school-wide prevention of aggression and disruptive behaviour disorders.   Katie has been working at The Hospital for Sick Children for the past 6 years. Clinically, she has trained at SickKids in eating disorders, obesity, diabetes, adolescent medicine, the burns team, oncology, and now works with the chronic pain team. The clinical frameworks she formulates from include cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness based stress reduction, motivational interviewing and emotion focused therapy, all in the context of patient- and family-centered care.

She also maintains a private practice where she sees clients with clinical and health psychology presentations (children, adolescents, adults and families). Her policy-related research has focused on prevention and public health practice, bringing a mental health promotion lens to the promotion of healthy weights. Her experience in school, community and hospital settings informs her thinking about health promotion and medical treatment messaging that children, families and adults receive, and how to empower individuals to feel good about themselves, navigate stressors in their life, and adopt healthy lifestyles.

Shannan Grant - RD/ PDt, MSc, PhD

Clinician Scientist, Department of Applied Human Nutrition-Mount Saint Vincent University

As a Clinician Scientist, Shannan uses clinical trials to assess community-based questions. Interested in assessment of nutrition education from both the perspective of the patient/ client and the health care professional, she uses knowledge translation (KT) strategies, classical behaviour change theories and core education principals to develop, implement and assess dietary interventions. Shannan is particularly interested in working with health care professionals and patients to assess approaches to chronic disease prevention and treatment.

With eleven years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating dietary interventions in urban and rural settings, Shannan brings a practical lens to our Faculty. An example of an ongoing urban-setting multi-centre trial Shannan is working on is the Avoiding Diabetes After Pregnancy Trial - In Moms (ADAPT-M). This study has been developed to evaluate the impact of health coaching on post-partum risk modification in women with recent gestational diabetes (GDM). Other examples of Shannan’s relevant experience include: Overseeing a community-based dietary intervention as part of the Sandy Lake Health and Diabetes Project, an ecological study to better understand the eating behaviours of inpatients with Schizophrenia, a pilot trial designed to test a low glycemic index diet in women with gestational hyperglycemia and a follow-up multi-centre trial (that has just completed its active phase) assessing the effect of an evidence-based glycemic index education platform on clinical outcomes in women with GDM. All of these studies contain rigorous education evaluation and have provided opportunities for dietetic interns and nutritional science graduate students to receive training.

In her work, training and mentorship activities, Shannan aims to highlight the capacity clinicians have to play a key role in translating knowledge from research to practice. As a strong believer that education activities inform research and vice versa, Shannan is passionate about using clinical research as an opportunity to educate trainees. She is truly enjoys facilitating education of her students as they develop the knowledge and skills to become engaged in the knowledge-to-action process.

For more information, please see:



Leigh Caplan - RN, MA, CDE

Diabetes Nurse Educator, Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team

Leigh Caplan is a Diabetes Nurse Educator in the Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team.   She has worked in the area of Diabetes Education for over 19 years. She has been the clinical lead on the expansion of the diabetes program at Sunnybrook and responsible for inter-professional diabetes education. Leigh is a faculity member of the Institute of Healthcare Communication: Choices and Change workshop, Choices and changes Mentoring Workshops with simulated patients and Coaching Clinicians for Enhanced Performance. Leigh is a tutor in University of Toronto Medical School’s Community, Population and Public Health ( CPPH) -1 course. Leigh has been a tutor and facilitator of Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences’ Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate course.

Leigh received the U of T Family and Community Medicine Interprofesional Teaching Award 2011 and the Banting and Best Diabetes Centre University of Toronto Diabetes Educator of the Year 2012. Leigh has been an active member: On three projects by the Centre for Effective Practice, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. The Central Toronto LHIN Self Management Group Toronto Central LHIN: Diabetes Steering Committee. Government of Ontario Diabetes Strategy Self Management Working Group. Leigh is presently an active member: TC LHIN RCC New Hires Planning Committee Sunnybrook Academic FHT Education Committee  Banting & Best Diabetes Centre - Continuing Health Education & Professional Development Committee Meeting TC LHIN Self management Advisory Committee  Health Quality Ontario – Ontario Diabetes Evidence committee Expert Panel.

Tracy Milner - OT Reg.(Ont.), MClSc(OT), BA(HKin)

Co-Creator, BrainFx 360

Tracy Milner is the co-creator of the tablet-based neurofunctional assessment, BrainFx 360. Her mission is to measure and understand the effects of mild to moderate brain disorders on real world function. She is an occupational therapist who has practiced extensively in neurorehabilitation with adults and children for greater than twelve years. Over the course of her career, she has led rehabilitation organizations as part of two national health organizations and co-founder of a provincial practice for complex injuries and neurological disorders. Being an early adopter of the use of technology therapeutically, she has been prominent in Ontario in delivering seminars to >400 health professionals on how to use smart devices in clinical practice. Tracy has been a committee member with the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists for more than nine years, has co-authored the reflective resource on assessment of attendant care, and worked as a member with the expert panel of the Alliance of Medical and Community Rehabilitation Providers on catastrophic definition, including presentations to government standing committee.

She has presented at many brain injury and long term care conferences (by invitation, via peer reviewed submission) in Canada, including provincial conferences and the US, most notably the Washington TBI Conference, as well as directly hospitals and community rehabilitation centers.

She has a BA with Honors in Kinesiology and Masters in Occupational Therapy from Western University. Tracy Milner’s work at a Masters level went on to be published in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Therapy International. She is an adjunct lecturer with The University of Toronto. Tracy is passionate about neurofunctional assessment and intervention and views BrainFx as her opportunity to combine both research and clinical knowledge to positively impact not only her own clients, but adults and children globally.

Anka Brozic - BPHE, MSc

Director of Diabetes Education Programs, Waterloo Region-Langs Farm Village Association

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Accommodation Information


Schulich Executive Hotel on Campus

The Executive Learning Centre features:
• 60 executive style guest rooms on 12 floors each with a queen size bed
• Complimentary high speed internet access
• In room coffee/tea maker
• Wheelchair accessible

Call Reservations (416)-650-8300 book on-line: www.elc.schulich.yorku.ca or

E-mail: reservations@schulich.yorku.ca



Funding Sources

Please note that these funding sources below are listed here for your information only. York University or HLLN does not directly provide this funding or apply for grants.

Nursing Education Initiative

Nurses taking this program may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Education Initiative offered through the RNAO. You do NOT have to be an RNAO member to apply for the funding. Please visit the RNAO website, Education Funding, for more details www.rnao.org

The Allied Health Professional Development Fund

Allied Health professionals taking this Workshop may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Allied Health Professional Development Fund offered through HealthForce Ontario. Please visit the HealthForce Ontario website for more details http://www.ahpdf.ca/

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be used to purchase training for your employees. York University/The Health Leadership & Learning Network is an eligible training provider and the grant can be applied to all of our offerings and for in-house training.
You can apply at any time. Employers can apply for one employee or for a large group of employees
If you are an employee or employer and would like more information visit: http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/eopg/cojg/index.html

Please note: Not all employers are eligible to apply, please consult the Canada-Ontario Job Grant website for more details.

Second Career

The Second Career program through Employment Ontario provides financial support for skills training needed for jobs in demand. You can apply for up to $28,000 for costs including tuition, books, transportation, basic living expenses and child care.
You qualify for Second Career when:
• you have been laid off and have not been working
• you have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs
• you are receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply
To apply to Second Career, you have to work with an employment services agency. Training occupations must demonstrate evidence of good employment prospects in your local labour market. For more information, visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/second-career

Health Coach Research Quick Links


Contact us for more information about a Partnership to offer the Certificate through your University or College - Contact Tania Xerri at 416 736 2100 ext 22142, or xerri@yorku.ca

For Organizations looking for Health Coaches

If your organization or practice is looking to hire health coaches and would like to inquire about graduates of our program, please contact us at 416 736 2100 ex22170.
At this time we do not provide a directory of health coaches to individuals looking for a health coach



What is health coaching?

Health coaching is the practice of guiding clients to lead healthier lives by promoting active lifestyles, improving diets, managing chronic health conditions, and reducing risky behaviours.

Why is health coaching important?

Health risk behaviours are extremely prevalent in Canada and around the world. These health risk behaviours can lead to chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, obesity, or mental health and addiction problems and others.

Is health coaching applicable in other provinces or countries?

Yes, absolutely. Our health coaching approach can be applied in any setting. If you are part of a regulated health profession in a jurisdiction, you are encouraged to contact the regulatory body to understand the full scope of your practice.

Do I have to be a health professional to be a health coach?

Our program is designed for individuals practicing in health care, social services, and other regulated or helping professions. However, there is currently active discussion of health coaches as its own licensed profession. The Health Coach Institute at the Health Leadership and Learning Network is working with government, researchers, and health professionals at the forefront of this emerging movement to help fill gaps in the health care system.

If you are interested in becoming a health coach and unsure if this program is suitable for you, please contact us at hlln@yorku.ca.

What is patient-centred care? How does health coaching relate?

Health care services can be fragmented and patients can have difficulty navigating health care systems. Patient-centred or person-centred care is the idea that patients should be at the centre of the health care system and all persons should have access to health care.

Health coaching can fill gaps in individual access and understanding of health information and services. It is relationship-based and patient-centred.

How much does the program cost?

The program cost $5900 plus HST ($800 deposit at registration)

Is there a payment plan?

Yes. Please contact hlln@yorku.ca for more information.

Are there program discounts for York Alumni?

Yes. Discounts are available for York Alumni only. Please contact hlln@yorku.ca for more information.

Are there any scholarships for this program?

Unfortunately not, as this is a non-degree and non-credit certificate program. While there are no specific scholarships, participants may be eligible for Canada-Ontario Job Grant and other similar out-of-province programs to support professional development. Nurses may be eligible for the Education Initiative offered through the RNAO and allied health professionals may be eligible for the the Allied Health Professional Development Fund offered through HealthForceOntario. We do not apply for these funds for participants.

I live outside of the GTA and will be commuting. Are accommodations available?

Yes. Accommodations are available at the Schulich Executive Hotel on Campus. Reservations can be made by phone at (416)-650-8300 or email at reservations@schulich.yorku.ca.