The Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Studies (Health Professional Education)

The graduate diploma in Post-Secondary Studies, specialization in health professional education, was created in collaboration with the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education and is designed to enhance health professionals' abilities as educators and leaders in educational program design, development, evaluation, and administration. The diploma is intended for educators and educational leaders of formal and informal post-secondary health professional education programs.

Participants will engage in an in-depth study of the structure and organization of the post-secondary education system, theories and philosophies of adult learning and development; and through elective courses pursue studies of program development models, instructional design frameworks, evaluation and assessment techniques, teaching methods, and research design principles in post-secondary teaching and learning. Opportunities will exist for the guided study of these topics as they relate to health professional education.

Note: For the convenience of many of our students this program is delivered by distance; therefore, attendance on-campus in not required. Students who are studying full time are eligible for fellowships and other benefits of full time study.

Program Requirements

1. Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Post-Secondary Studies (Health Professional Education) are required to complete courses that form the program core:

  • 6801 Foundations of Post-Secondary Programs
  • 6802 Adult Learning and Development
  • 6806 Interprofessional Education in the Health Professions

and not fewer than 3 credit hours from closed electives:

  • 6804 Leadership and Human Resource Development in Post-Secondary Education
  • 6805 Advanced Human Resource Communications
  • 6806 Interprofessional Education in the Health Professions
  • 6807 Economics and Finance of Post-Secondary Education
  • 6822 Foundations of Instructional Design in Post-Secondary Education
  • 6823 Principles of Program Design and Development
  • 6831 Organization and Administration of Student Services
  • 6832 Issues and Trends in the Administration of Post-Secondary Education
  • 6841 Student Development Theory, Services and Programs in Post-Secondary Education
  • 6940 Administration of Student Services in Post-Secondary Education

or from

  • 6100 Research Designs and Methods in Education
  • 6803 Research in Post-Secondary Education

2. Students are encouraged to relate their assignments in these courses health professional education.

3. Students enrolled in the Diploma program may request transfer to the Master of Education (Post-Secondary Studies). Courses for both the graduate diploma and the degree must be appropriate to the program and chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.

Apply Online

Students are required to apply online to have information formally assessed. Applications and official supporting documents are due to be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies by the application deadlines. Complete detailed application packages are expected by the deadline date.

Applications may be submitted online by following the process outlined at School of Graduate Studies-Application Package.

General Program Information for Graduate Students


Date and Deadlines



Program of Study Graduate Diploma - Health Professional Education

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