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Health Promotion Training & Education Programs

A. Summer Schools on Health Promotion
1. The 1998 Ontario HP Summer School, Toronto
2. The 1999 Ontario HP Summer School, Sudbury
3. Prairie Region HP Summer School, Saskatoon
B. Health Promotion Programs in Ontario Colleges & Universities
1. Lakehead University, Faculty of Nursing
2. University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine
3. University of Toronto
i) Graduate Dept. of Public HealthSciences - HP Program
ii) Faculty of Nursing
iii) School of Physical & Health Education

4. University of Waterloo, Dept. of Health Studies & Gerontology
5. Canadore College, Health Promotion Post-Diploma Distance Ed. Program
6. Centennial College - Wellness and Lifestyle Management
Additions & Corrections:
1. Brock University, Department of Health Studies
2. University of Western Ontario, Certificate in Health Promotion and Education
3. Correction to U. of Toronto, Health Promotion Program description

In this second annual review of health promotion education and training in universities and colleges in Ontario, we have only touched upon the surface of the richness of resources available for continuing education in health promotion. Last year's OHPE #19.1 on health promotion education was based upon an inventory of health promotion courses and programs in Canadian universities and colleges prepared in early 1997. The document prepared by the Canadian consortium of Health Promotion Research Centres, found twenty three Canadian universities or colleges, out of 35 searched, had courses in health promotion and four universities with health promotion programs were found. This feature updates the Ontario listings, with an addition of Centennial College's Wellness and Lifestyle Management program, and the removal of the Brock University Health Studies course, which could not be found on a web-search. As well, starting us off are the descriptions of the two major health promotion summer schools that were held this year - Ontario and the Prairies.

Missing from this overview are the many organizations and agencies who offer workshops, training, education and conferences for health promoters. In last week's Calendar of Health Promotion Events some of these organizations were noted - the Program Training and Consultation Centre's workshops related to tobacco use reduction; The Health Communication Unit's provincial workshops; OPCs series of regional forums and workshops on organizational development and community capacity-building; the Addiction and Mental Health Services education and training programs (see next message) and conferences by OPHEA, OPHA, the Heart Health Network and others. There continues to be a great demand for practical skill development, training in facilitation, presentation skills, counselling and working with volunteers. If you know of such programs, please share them with OHPE readers.

Alison Stirling



Hosted by the Centre for Health Promotion, it was held June 1-4, 1998 at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in Toronto. A total of 112 participants attended, 100 in the Anglophone stream and 12 in the Francophone stream.

The summer school was designed for health care, business and community leaders who want to promote healthy communities. It was marketed to both seasoned health promotion practitioners and those new to the field. The theme for this year was ways to sustain the investment in health promotion. The school was designed to cover health promotion theory and practical applications. It combined lecture formats with small group interactive exercises by offering three types of sessions:
plenaries, concurrent workshops and toolbox sessions.

Evaluation results reveal that overall assessments from participants were mixed, which is likely a reflection of a diverse audience. Participants liked the resource book (see next message for more
information) and thought that the summer school topics were relevant. The school provided a forum for participants to establish new links with other practitioners.

Submitted by Francine Deroche, as taken from the Evaluation of the HP Summer School by RBJ Health Management Associates.

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2. The 1999 Ontario Health Promotion Summer School, Sudbury

Now it's time to start thinking about the planning of the 1999 Ontario Health Promotion Summer School to be held in Sudbury the first week of June. The Sudbury and District Health Unit has developed a very active and diverse group of partners throughout northern Ontario who'll be able to help with the planning of this event, which will include three components: Francophone, Anglophone and Aboriginal.

For more information, contact:
Isabelle Michel,
Sudbury and District Health Unit
1300 Paris St Sudbury, ON P3E 3A3
(705) 522-9200

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3. Prairie Region Summer School August 17-21, 1998
AUGUST 17 (1:00 p.m.) - 21 (5:00 p.m.), 1998
University of Saskatchewan Campus, Saskatoon

The Prairie Region Health Promotion Centre recently hosted the second Prairie Region Summer School August 17-21, 1998. This year's Summer School was organized "by popular request" following the very successful first summer school in 1997 - and it shows in the more than 200 participants!

This week-long summer school focused on Planning and Evaluation by:
* building conceptual and practical skills needed to plan and evaluate population health promotion;
* learning through practical problem-solving with realistic case examples;
* accommodating diverse learning needs -- all levels of knowledge and skills; any sector concerned with health and well-being;
* offering options for attending the full week or a partial week;
AND All registrants got the SS'98 workbook [see the resource message for details].

The first "stream" or section of the summer school focused on Using Information for Health Planning. Starting with the opening plenary on Planning for Population Health, the other sessions looked at analysing qualitative and quantitative data, using epi information, conceptual and measurement issues, and a lab on a community profile system. The large resource book included a fictitious data set for use through the school with the name of "Landrea Health District", complete with
70 pages of data, graphs, and more on a huge range of information.

The second main stream of the school focused on Evaluating Population Health Promotion. Starting with two plenary sessions looking at evaluation in context and as applied to health promotion, the participants could then move on to sessions on key concepts and processes, using epi info, self-evaluation, multi-method analysis, assessing evaluation reports and evaluating community development.

The Context for Population Health Promotion could be attended as a one-day segment of the school. Case Examples of Health Promotion Program Evaluation wrapped up the final session.

From all reports (Irv Rootman who presented in evaluation) it was a highly successful and dynamic summer school. Congratulations - we look forward to next year's event!

For more information contact:
Prairie Region Health Promotion Research Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Health Sciences
Building, 107 Wiggins Road, SASKATOON, SK S7N 5E5
Phone: (306) 966-7939; Fax: (306) 966-7920
E-Mail: or


Most of the following listings have been taken from a Report by the Canadian Consortium for Health Promotion Research Working Group on Health Promotion Education and Training, on "Health Promotion courses and Programs in Canadian Colleges and Universities - An Inventory". This report is described in the next message of this OHPE Bulletin - #19.2.

1. LAKEHEAD UNIVERSITY - School of Nursing

NURS 3530 & 3550 Health Promotion I & II
In these courses, emphasis is on the integration of health promotion and protection concepts in all developmental stages. Students explore the use of theoretical frameworks in planning and implementing health promotion and health protection plans for individuals, families, aggregates and community clients.

For more information contact:
School of Nursing, Lakehead University
955 Oliver Rd. Thunder Bay P7B 5E1

2. UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA - Faculty of Medicine>
EPI 5271 Health Promotion (Instructor Robert Spasoff)
Origins, theories and techniques of health promotion at the individual and community levels.
Examination of current health promotion activities in Canada and elsewhere.

For more information contact:
Dr. Robert Spasoff
Community Health Research Unit, University of Ottawa
451 Smyth Road, Ottawa K1H 8M5

i) Graduate Department of Public Health Sciences
ii) Dept/ Public Health Sciences, MHSc Program in Health Promotion

Founded in 1979, the program has a unique social science emphasis on health and health promotion issues. The program focuses on the societal and personal determinants of health. It examines approaches that are directed towards healthy public policy and communities, in addition to individuals. The program prepares professionals to assess health promotion needs and then design, implement, and evaluate the impact of various health promotion strategies.

The program consists of four semesters of academic study with two practicums. It is available on a full-time (two years) or part-time (four years) basis.

Sample course.
CHL 5803 Health Promotion Strategies (Instructor Michael Goodstadt)
Theoretical basis and application of strategies to promote health; communications theory; principles of community organization and development; theories and strategies of individual and social change; use of media.

For more information contact:
Program Director:
Prof. Ilze Kalnins
Department of Public Health Sciences
12 Queen's Park Cres. W., Rm 103B
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A8
Telephone: 416-978-7515 Fax: 416-978-2087

ii) Faculty of Nursing -
NUR 1055H Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Nursing Practice
NUR 301 Nursing Approaches to Health Promotion in the Community
NURS 414A/B Advanced Nursing Approaches to Population Health

For more information contact:
Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto
50 St. George St. Toronto, M5S 1A1

iii) School of Physical and Health Education
PHE 312S Population Health (Instructor K. Domnick)
For more information contact:
School of Physical & Health Education, U. of Toronto
Benson Bldg. 320 Huron St. Toronto, M5S 1A1

4. UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO - Dept. of Health Studies & Gerontology
HLTH 101F & 102W Introduction to Health Studies 1 & 2
HLTH 245 The Canadian Health Care System
HLTH 445 Seminar in Health Promotion (Instructor Janice Husted)
For more information contact
Health Studies and Gerontology, U. of Waterloo
200 University Ave. West, Waterloo N2L 3G1

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5. Other Programs not in the Inventory:

a. Health Promotion - Multidisciplinary Post-Diploma Program

[OHPE #3.0 May 16/97] Canadore College in partnership with the Health Unit of North Bay and District and Nipissing University, completed its first year of a new full-time home study program in health promotion in 1997 This full time or part time home study program is multidimensional in framework and interdisciplinary in approach. It is designed to enhance existing knowledge and skills to provide leadership in health promotion agencies. This innovative program has been making use of self-directed distance education learning packages and mentorship as well as a variety of courses over two semesters and a field placement. Check out the curriculum and the mentorship model for a unique and
successful approach to the field.

In 1998, this innovative Health Promotion Program has been complemented by an additional one-year program on "Holistic Health Practices - Post-Diploma Program". It is described as a timely program offering comprehensive theoretical and practical applications in an innovative post-diploma program for health care professionals. Graduates will be prepared to offer clients quality care in selected modalities and promote wellness in all dimensions.

For more information contact
Kelly Van Raalte, coordinator, Health Promotion Program
School of Health Sciences, Canadore College
P.O. Box 500 100 College Drive, North Bay, ON P1B 8K9
Tel: (705) 474-7601, ext. 5186 Fax: 474-2384

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b. CENTENNIAL COLLEGE - Wellness and Lifestyle Management

Canada's first post-diploma wellness program is focused on the balance of physical, mental and spiritual elements of a wellness lifestyle. Emphasis is on wellness topics - stress management, nutrition, fitness, psychological, spiritual, complementary therapies and environmental well-being.
Management and administrative skills, such as program planning, budgeting and supervision are also included, along with training in related communication techniques.

For more information contact:
Coreen Flemming, coordinator
Tel. (416) 289-5000 ext 3451
Centennial College
PO Box 631 Station A, Scarborough ON M1K 5E9

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i) Brock University - Department of Health Studies

The Health Studies Program at Brock University utilizes a multidimensional approach into the presentation of information across the social, emotional, physical and spiritual perspectives of health.
The purpose of the Health Studies program is to provide a comprehensive overview of information related to health, at an undergraduate level. The presentation of such information will not only provide specific skills for the practitioner, but will allow the "student" of Health Studies to continue work in selected issues during postgraduate degrees and/or with selected career development after graduation.

For more information contact: Andrea Toepell [], Health Studies, Brock
University, 500 Glenridge Ave. St. Catharines L2S 3A1

ii) University of Western Ontario Certificate Program in Health Promotion and Education offered through Centre for Continuing Education [Ed: We received notice in 2009 that this program is no longer offered]

iii) University of Toronto - Health Promotion Program
The core required course on health promotion for the MHSc program (Health Promotion, CHL5801) which Blake Poland [] teaches, was one of the first to have a full outline on the internet (at