Community Health Promotion

  • Program TitleCommunity Health Promotion
    Delivery: Online
    Credential: Diploma
    Program Length: 4 Semesters (Two years)
    Program Availability: Full time or Part time
    Offered: This program is available starting every Monday.

    Program Description


    The Community Health Promotion (CHP) entry to practice program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to effectively deliver community health promotion education by providing quality health promotion, prevention and healthy lifestyles in the community.

    As a member of the inter-disciplinary Health Care Team, the Community Health Promotion (CHP) worker is responsible for liaising between patients, families, community and health care providers to ensure community members understand their lifestyle and are receiving appropriate care and health education. Community Health Promotion (CHP) workers educate, promote and monitor the community for general health, trends and lifestyles.

    Students will complete their structured online program based on 16 hours per week over a span of 104 weeks. Course topics include: health promotion, assessing health needs, health promotion in action, communicating health promotion information, community mobilization & building community capacity, diversity and inclusiveness and partnership and collaboration strategies.

    At the end of semester two and semester four, students will have the opportunity to apply their acquired knowledge and develop their skills in designated practicum locations. Advanced standing may apply for students who are already working within the Community Health Promotion field and is awarded via a completed and assessed application process on registration.

    Learning Outcomes


    • Describe foundational knowledge and skill requirements for health promotion.
    • Discuss the essentials of partnering with communities to gain an understanding of the health status and priorities of the population in order to inform options for health promotion action.
    • Outline how to plan, implement, evaluate and modify health promotion action by working with community and other stakeholders.
    • Identify how to communicate health promotion information effectively with diverse audiences using appropriate approaches and technologies.
    • Explain how to facilitate community mobilization and strengthening community capacity around shared health priorities using a participatory approach.
    • Discuss how essential diversity and inclusiveness are to promoting health and reducing health inequities through valuing participation of individuals, groups and communities with different perspectives and experiences.
    • Discuss partnership and collaboration strategies to work effectively with community members and stakeholders across sectors to enhance the impact and sustainability of health promotion action.
    • Discuss the role of a CHP as a member of a inter-disciplinary team and a role model.
    • Demonstrate foundational knowledge and skill requirements for health promotion.
    • Demonstrate effective partnering with communities to gain an understanding of the health status and priorities of the population in order to inform options for health promotion action.
    • Plan, implement, evaluate and modify health promotion action by working with community and other stakeholders.
    • Demonstrate communicating health promotion information effectively with diverse audiences using appropriate approaches and technologies.
    • Demonstrate facilitating community mobilization and community capacity around shared health priorities.
    • Contribute to diversity and inclusiveness by valuing the participation of individuals, groups and communities with different perspectives and experiences to promote health and reduce health inequities.

    Your Career


    The Community Health Promotion employee directly impacts individuals and the community by working with health care providers and the community to promote, educate and provide information and support about healthy individuals, families and communities based on a holistic approach to health and health care. He/she will perform a wide variety of health promotion and prevention in groups that encourage prevention, and intervention when necessary.
    The Community Health Promotion employee will provide up-to-date information and resources to promote healthy lifestyles through education workshops. The incumbent also monitors the home and community to identify the required resources, interventions and community promotions needed. You will be required to research and produce community relevant resources to ensure that the individuals in the community understand and appreciate the information being provided.

  • Admission Requirements


    College Eligibility

    • Admissions – Grade 12 or Equivalent or Mature Test Wonderlic SLE (Scolastic Level Exam) – Min. Score 16 Prior to Practicum:* Min mark of 60% in theory and practical application of theory
    • Current Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer (Level C) CPR Certification
    • Negative Police Check, including vulnerable sector.
    • Medical form from a Canadian licenced physician stating fitness to complete the practicum and absence of communicable diseases.

    Theory Component Credit
    Students may receive credit for their theory hours if they have taken previous related courses by challenging the module test, and if application, the performance demonstrations for that course. The student must achieve a minimum passing score of 70% on the test/demonstration. The amount of credit is then determined on an individual basis after an interview the Admissions Director and a review of the student’s transcript of marks for the previous courses taken. The maximum credit that can be is granted is 30 hours of the total 1000 theory hours. *Practicum Component Credit – students may also receive credit for Clinical Placement hours. The student will require a letter from his/her employer(s) indicating the length of employment, duties performed and a general evaluation of the student’s abilities as a caregiver. Credit will be granted for the associated validated number of field work hours. Students must have a copy of their CHP skills passbook completed by one employer and this passbook will be required as part of the validation process of granting advanced standing for the practicum component.

    All requests for advanced standing of courses must be processed through the completion of the advanced standing application form and accompanied with a $100.00 non-refundable fee. Applications must be completed in full and supporting documentation attached, including copies of course transcripts in English.”

    Call the Admissions Office at 1 (800) 267-2577 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

    Application Process
    Program intake – Apply to this program by visiting our Registration page. If you are entering into this program as a mature student please attach your resume when submitting your registration information online.

    Practicum/Off-Site Placement
    The practicum component of the CHP program involves the student in 2 placement opportunities. These practicums will provide the student with the opportunity to observe and work with other CHPs working in a basic introductory role in the community and then later in the program at a more advanced level. It will allow students exposure to individuals working in these fields and increase awareness of the roles and responsibilities in a CHP role in the community.

  • Courses


    Semester 1
    Health Promotion Fundamentals
    Assessing Health Needs Basics
    Health Promotion Action Essentials
    Communicating Health Promotion Information Basics
    Community Mobilization & Building Community Capacity Introduction

    Semester 2
    Diversity and Inclusiveness Fundamentals
    Partnership and Collaboration Strategies Fundamentals
    Foundations of a CHP Inter-disciplinary Team
    CHP Basic Skills Practicum
    Health Promotion Applied Strategies

    Semester 3
    Assessing Health Needs Analysis in Action
    Health Promotion Action Steps Applied
    Communicating Health Promotion Information – Interpersonal Skills
    Community Mobilization & Building Community Capacity Applied Strategies

    Semester 4 (480 Hours)
    Diversity and Inclusiveness Steps in Action
    Partnership and Collaboration Strategies Applied
    CHP Inter-disciplinary Team in Action
    CHP Advanced Skills Practicum

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  • Course Descriptions


    Semester 1
    Health Promotion Fundamentals (60 Hours)
    In this subject students will learn the fundamental of health promotion from the biological, environmental, psychological, physical and medical sciences to promote health and prevent disease, disability and premature death through education-driven voluntary behavior change activities.

    Assessing Health Needs Basics (60 Hours)
    Students will learn the basics of assessing community health strengths and needs at the foundational level when working with community members and community health partners. Students will learn healthy behaviours and the tools that determine actions needed for health promotion in the community.

    Health Promotion Action Essentials (60 Hours)
    In this subject students will learn the process of health promotion at multiple levels of influence. Health promotion is the process of enabling people to increase control over the determinants of health using a multi-pronged approach and thereby improve community health. Students will learn that community participation is essential to sustain health promotion action.

    Communicating Health Promotion Information Basics (60 Hours)
    In this subject students will learn the practice of communicating promotional health information through health education with community members and community partners. Students will learn the purpose of communicating health information to influence personal health choices by improving health literacy.

    Community Mobilization & Building Community Capacity Introduction (60 Hours)
    In this subject students will be introduced to the concepts of community mobilization and building community capacity. Students will explore ways to facilitate community mobilization and strengthen community capacity around shared health priorities through participatory decision-making processes.

    Semester 2
    Diversity and Inclusiveness Fundamentals (60 Hours)
    In this subject students will learn the fundamentals of diversity and inclusiveness including the dimensions that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another with mutual respect. Students will also learn how diversity and inclusiveness are applied to promote health and reducing health inequities. They will also learn how to work with communities using processes that value participation of individuals, groups and communities with different perspectives and experiences.

    Partnership and Collaboration Strategies Fundamentals (60 Hours)
    In this subject students will learn the fundamentals of partnerships and collaboration to work effectively as a member of an inter-disciplinary team. Students will also learn how these partnerships and coloration enhance the impact and sustainability of health promotion action.

    Foundations of a CHP Inter-disciplinary Team (60 Hours)
    In this subject students will learn the essential elements of functioning effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team and provision of relevant services and programs within the CHP role. Students will also learn how to establish and maintain clear and appropriate boundaries between personal and professional relationships and the ongoing requirements for continuous professional development.

    CHP Basic Skills Practicum (150 Hours)
    Students will participate in front line basic CHP services found within a variety of team and community settings, including liaison, coordination, interventions, screening and facilitation while functioning as part of an inter-disciplinary team.

    Health Promotion Applied Strategies (60 Hours)
    This course builds on Health Promotion Fundamentals. Students will build on foundational knowledge of health promotion concepts and begin examine a specific health issue through the social determinants of health and apply a population health approach to a health issue.

    Semester 3
    Assessing Health Needs Analysis in Action (60 Hours)
    This course builds upon skills learned in Health Promotion Needs Basics. Students will review Health Promotion Needs Basics and explore more deeply the process of conducting a needs assessment as well as data/information management.

    Health Promotion Action Steps Applied (60 Hours)
    This course will build on Planning, Implementing and Evaluating a Health Promotion Program. Students will more deeply explore processes introduced in the earlier course by developing a logic model, practicing key planning functions including writing objectives and writing a grant proposal and planning an evaluation.

    Communicating Health Promotion Information – Interpersonal Skills (60 Hours)
    This course will build on Health Communication Basics. Students will explore communication theory, health literacy, and social marketing.

    Community Mobilization & Building Community Capacity Applied Strategies (60 Hours)
    This course will build on Community Mobilization and Building Community Capacity. Students will explore numerous strategies for engaging communities as well as participator planning approaches.

    Semester 4 (480 Hours)
    Diversity and Inclusiveness Steps in Action (60 Hours)
    This course will build on Diversity and Inclusiveness. Students will explore the impact of historical and colonial processes and discrimination and racism on the health of indigenous communities. Students will learn how to adapt programs to different cultures and contexts and how to build inclusive communities..

    Partnership and Collaboration Strategies Applied (60 Hours)
    This course will build on Partnership and Collaboration. Students will learn about community coalitions. Students will also learn how to apply the six steps in the collaborative developmental process.

    CHP Inter-disciplinary Team in Action (60 Hours)
    This course will build on CHP Interdisciplinary Teams. Students will discover the importance of aligning with organizational vision, mission and goals, how to engage in lifelong learning to enhance their effectiveness, and how to apply public health ethics to decision making.

    CHP Advanced Skills Practicum (200 Hours)
    Students will build on their front line basic CHP services found within a variety of team and community settings (Practicum Application Part One), taking on more advanced CHP roles with target client groups including: community needs assessment, supporting implmentation of strategic projects and project management activities and further enhancing their skills as members of an interdiscipliary team.

  • Fees & Expenses


    • Application Fee: $100.00
    • Textbooks: $975.00
    • Postal Fee: $49.00
    • Tuition Fee: $3,825.00

    Total Tuition & Fees: $4,949.00 per Academic Year.