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An Inventory of Health Promotion Courses and Programs in Canadian Universities

A Report Submitted to Health Canada by the Canadian Consortium for Health Promotion Research Working Group on Health Promotion Education and Training

This document is the summary of an inventory of the scope and development of formal health promotion training at educational institutions [primarily universities] across Canada in January to February 1997. Twenty three Canadian universities or colleges out of 35 searched had courses in health promotion and four universities with health promotion programs were found. A total of 84 classes (26 graduate, 58 undergraduate) were identified and are briefly described in the inventory, taught by 70 teachers. The majority of classes were taught in faculties or schools of nursing; the remainder were in health education and health promotion, community health & epidemiology, physical education, gerontology, family health, psychology and nutrition.

The four universities with a major focus on health promotion included:

 Centre for Health Promotion Studies, University of Alberta - Postgraduate Diploma (1 year)and Master of Science degree in health promotion (2 year with thesis)

 Universite de Laval, Ecole des sciences infirmieres - Masters Degree in Community Health with Health Promotion stream (2 year program, also research stream with thesis)

 University of Montreal, Departement de medicine social et preventive - Masters and Doctoral level degrees in Public Health with option in Health Promotion

 University of Toronto, Graduate Department of Community Health - Master of Health Science degree (2 years with practicum)

Issues in health promotion teaching included roles for community based learning for students, and a role for interdisciplinary teaching; with key challenges including keeping current with HP information, defining HP, the profession of HP and the value of health promotion. It is hoped [by the Working Group] that the inventory would be a starting point for discussions of issues as: the relevance of formal training to practice competencies; the availability of appropriate teaching resources; innovative teaching methods and the role of formal training in the field of health promotion practice.

Published by and available from the Consortium at OR:

Joan Feather, Prairie Region Health Promotion Research Centre

University of Saskatchewan, Health Sciences Building

107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon SK S7N 5E5

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Summarized by Alison Stirling