Skills and competencies

Through completing the program graduates will develop a broad range of skills and competencies.


  • Understand social and life course determinants of health and health inequalities
  • Know how to improve health and reduce health inequities in communities
  • Develop knowledge and skills required to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams to provide high quality services in health and community care

Intellectual and practical skills, including:

  • Inquiry and analysis
  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative and qualitative research literacy
  • Critical appraisal of health information
  • Integration of evidenced based literature
  • Inter professional teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Cultural safety and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Knowledge translation and communication strategies
  • Effective communication in interpersonal teams
  • Program planning
  • Project management
  • Health and community systems navigation
  • Basic human resources and fiscal management
  • Grant funding and grant management
  • Community development and capacity building
  • Basic policy development
  • Effective policy implementation
  • Facilitation of health literacy and self care
  • Integration of enabling technologies

Three important populations:

  • Persons with Disabilities
  • Older Adults
  • Indigenous People

Graduates will:

  • Effectively work as a member of an inter-professional team in community based systems including governmental and non-profit organizations, primary care, home care, community care, social and community services, health promotion, self-care support and public health
  • Be particularly skilled at working at the intersections of complex systems of care
  • Practiced in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects and standards of performance