Health Professional Development

Health education you can put into practice.

Stay current in your practice with our Health Professional Development programs.

Our online and on-campus programs are designed to reflect the latest research and developments in healthcare topics that are often required for continuing education credits (CECs). Please check with your association to ensure that the programs you take can be used toward obtaining CECs.

These professional development opportunities are well suited for:

  • doctors
  • pharmacists
  • registered nurses
  • nurse practitioners
  • licensed practical nurses and registered practical nurses
  • physiotherapists
  • occupational therapists
  • and other health and helping professionals

Micro-credentials

Micro-credential programs are a great way to get specialized training in a short amount of time. We offer the following professional development micro-credential programs:

Palliative Care Pharmacy - best suited for pharmacists (community or hospital-based) looking to acquire specialized knowledge to support palliative care.

Wound Management for Health Professionals - best suited for health professionals caring for patients with wounds.

Emergency Management for Organizational Continuity (EMOC) - best suited for employees of organizations who are not specialists in emergency planning, but who may play a non-specialist and important role in preparedness planning.

For healthcare practitioners who work with older adults or disabled individuals, we also have programs specializing in fall-prevention:

PROGRAM Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum
CREDENTIAL Professional Development Certificate Professional Development Certificate
DELIVERY STYLE online online
ELECTIVE COURSES 1 1
START DATES ongoing ongoing
PROGRAM FEES* $210.00 $310.50
BEST SUITED FOR Home care aides, or those in similar positions who provide health care and/or social support services for older adults and individuals with disabilities living in their homes. Those working with older adults in long-term care, acute care and home care, or in community services or organizations that serve an older population
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Courses open for registration

BC Mindfulness Summit

The BC Mindfulness Summit is a weekend educational event for health and helping professionals to develop and enrich their personal and professional mindfulness practices. The BC Mindfulness Summit took place June 4 – 6, 2021. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year.
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Current Concepts in Dentistry

Current Concepts in Dentistry is one of the foremost programs in the field of dental continuing education (CE). This ADA CERP-recognized program is a great opportunity to learn from four outstanding instructors, earn up to seven CE credits per day (28 credits over four days), and best of all: spend an extended weekend in the beautiful city of Victoria.
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Current Concepts in Vaccinations

This two-part series will explore current concepts in vaccination. While Part 1 will focus on how the immune system responds to vaccination and the makeup of traditional vaccines, Part 2 will focus on next-generation vaccines and their applications.
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Courses open for registration

Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum

Injury prevention through reduction in falls is a high priority in healthcare today.
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Emergency Management for Organizational Continuity

This dynamic and practical program equips you to prepare your organization to respond to emergencies and minimize impact on human resources, financial systems and business operations.
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Environmental and Occupational Health

Gain a competitive edge in the workforce with our occupational health and safety training program, which incorporates a progressive environmental component. Available 100% online—learn from anywhere.
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Palliative Care Pharmacy

Pharmacists are integral members of the multi-disciplinary team delivering palliative care to those facing life-threatening illness, including at the end of life.
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Population Health Data Analysis

The online Population Health Data Analysis program is designed for those who are seeking education and professional development in advanced population health analysis. The goal of the program is to provide participants with strong foundational knowledge and data analysis skills that can support their work within the field of population health.
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Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL)

New professional development program for home-care aides This short, practical fall prevention micro-credential is designed for home health care aides who provide day-to-day in-home care for frail older adults or persons with disabilities.
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Wound Management for Health Professionals

Wound care is one of the fastest growing areas in health care today. This online program for health care professionals combines the most current evidence and trends in wound care to prepare participants to act as Wound Champions.
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Learn Spatial Analysis and Harness the Power of Mapping

How many times have you turned to a map to find the closest park, best restaurant or most desirable housing development? Whenever we use a map in this way, we are essentially analyzing its contents to help us make a decision.

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Q&A with Presenter Mark Sherman

This year's BC Mindfulness Summit has a great lineup of presenters, each offering wisdom and practical skills for participants to use in their everyday lives. We recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Mark Sherman to ask a few questions about his professions, interests and more.

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Q&A with Presenter Maia Love

This year's BC Mindfulness Summit has a great lineup of presenters, each offering wisdom and practical skills for participants to use in their everyday lives. We recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with Dr. Maia Love to ask a few questions about her professions, interests and more.

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Q&A with Presenter Lisa Baylis

This year's BC Mindfulness Summit has a great lineup of presenters, each offering wisdom and practical skills for participants to use in their everyday lives. We recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with Lisa Baylis to ask a few questions about her professions, interests and more.

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Improving the health of all Canadians

Ten years ago, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health began recruiting Canadian citizens to participate in what is now one of Canada’s largest population health studies. Today more than 330,000 citizens between the ages of 30 and 74 are voluntarily sharing their detailed health and lifestyle information over several decades.

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Extensive update for Wound Management for Health Professionals Level II

UVic's Division of Continuing Studies' Wound Management program moves into its second decade in 2021, with the launch of an extensively revised curriculum in Wound Management for Health Professionals Level II, following on the update last year of the Level I course.

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A passion for emergency preparedness

An interview with instructor Dr. Laurie Pearce, developer and instructor for our Emergency Management for Organizational Continuity program.

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Unlocking the secret to fall prevention

By: Vicky Scott, RN, PhD, Clinical Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

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Epidemiology – A critical lens into the past and future of COVID-19

Health Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology updates provide vital information on how Canada is managing the epidemic on both a federal and provincial level.

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Health care professional development in a pandemic … and beyond

Well before the COVID-19 pandemic stretched every health care organization on the globe, health service planners were looking to “task-shifting” to make the best use of staff resources. Broad professional development equips health workers to take on new roles during a crisis, or when local conditions warrant.

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Chasing a virus

Never before has this much data been at the fingertips of epidemiology and geography. This article gives a quick survey of three interesting ways COVID-19 is being dealt with in an epidemiological and geographic context.

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The role GIS played in the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak

The ability to use GIS and epidemiology to address emerging population health issues in our society are key components of the Population Health Data Analysis (PHDA) program.

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Q&A with Misty Stephens – Wound Management Instructor

Wound Management instructor Misty Stephens shares career advice, explains how she became a specialist wound care nurse only after her first career as a professional ballerina, and reveals the superpower she'd like to have.

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Major update for Wound Management for Health Professionals Level I

Wound Management for Health Professionals Level I celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2020 with an extensively revised curriculum, launching early this year. The updated course reflects the evolution in healthcare practice in recent years, and brings the course into full alignment with new standards set out by provincial and national wound care organizations.

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Health Protection and Health Promotion

By Jason McInnis, an instructor in our Environmental and Occupational Health Program   "Both ancient and modern societies have been slow to recognize and control the health hazards associated with work." – R.S.

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Chronic Leg Wounds

By Misty Stephens, Wound Management for Health Professionals Instructor Our health care system is over capacitated and financially over burdened with chronic lower leg complications...

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A Life Lived Learning

with student Rena Hayes   By Therese Eley, Marketing Services "A good education is the key that will open many doors to a good career and a bright future.

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Population Data Science – Explore the value, apply the skills

Data now fuels decision-making in almost every sector of our society. As a result, interest in data-intensive science is growing rapidly as opportunities to explore this expanding resource source abound.

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Q&A with Rasha Abu Obayda – Wound Management Student

Rasha earned her Certificate of Completion in the Wound Level II course in the spring of 2018. She currently resides in Calgary, AB.   Please share a little about yourself. Where do you live? What’s your profession?

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Q&A with Dezi Grant – Wound Management Student

Dezi Grant earned her Certificate of Completion in the Wound Level II course in the Spring of 2018. She resides in Edmonton, Alberta.   Please share a little about yourself. Where do you live? What do you currently do for work?

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Wound Management Program News - Sept. 2018

New instructor for Wound Management for Health Professionals Level I We are excited to welcome Misty Stephens as a new instructor this fall. Misty has been a registered nurse for 12 years.

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Achievement and success through Continuing Education 

Interview with Donna Saworski, Graduate, Environmental and Occupational Health Certificate   What is your current position? My title is HR Specialist – Occupational Health and Safety.

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Wound Management Program News

Find out what is happening with our Wound Management for Health Professionals Program. We welcome a new instructor, catch up with a seasoned instructor, and list upcoming Wound Care conferences.

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Finding Space

One of the brightest smiles and bubbliest personalities in our office belongs to Laura Vizina, our Director of Health Sciences and Public Relations Programs.

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Remembering Anita Jessop

Anita Lynn Jessop (née Fournier) June 15, 1953 – June 16, 2017 It is with a heavy heart that we mark the passing of one of our own, Anita Jessop.

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A Tribute to Noreen Campbell: Practitioner, Educator, Administrative Leader

Last week, we lost one of our most passionate, long-time instructors, Noreen Campbell. Throughout the decades, Noreen was an inspirational educator and leader in continuing professional education.

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Why We Do What We Do

Throughout our lives, many of us could say we’ve participated in formal and informal learning settings. Community enrichment, mindful practices and professional development opportunities touch us at different times in our lives. At the Division of Continuing Studies, we focus on the learner experience by creating diverse opportunities.

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Angela Connelly, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-8558
Email healthprograms@uvic.ca