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Professional Development for Health Practitioners

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

Micro-credential programs

Micro-credentials are a great way to get specialized training in a short amount of time. We offer diverse programs:

Palliative Care Pharmacy

Palliative Care Pharmacy is for pharmacists (community- or hospital-based) looking to acquire specialized knowledge and skills to support patients, families and other professionals in delivering palliative care.

Wound Management

Wound care is one of the fastest growing areas in health care today. We offer three different wound care options: Wound Management for Health Professionals, Wound Care for Clients Experiencing Inequities, and courses on the High-Risk Foot To learn more about the differences between our wound courses, see our article: Which wound course is right for you?

Health Terminology and Interoperability Standards

Health Terminology and Interoperability Standards provides knowledge and skills in controlled terminologies and interoperability standards, for those with a health information management diploma and at least two years of experience

Current Concepts in Dentistry

Current Concepts in Dentistry is one of the foremost programs in the field of dental continuing education. Each year, the program invites guest lecturers who are outstanding leaders in their fields of expertise. The sessions are focused on current issues and advances in the world of dentistry. This ADA CERP recognized program is a great opportunity to learn from four outstanding lecturers and earn up to seven CE credits per day (28 credits over four days).

Fall Prevention Programs

For healthcare practitioners who work with older adults or disabled individuals, we have the following programs:

PROGRAM Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum
CREDENTIAL Micro-certificate Micro-certificate
DELIVERY STYLE online online
START DATES ongoing ongoing
PROGRAM FEES $210.00 $350.00
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. Nurses, occupational therapists, recreational therapists and others working with older adults in any setting, who want to develop a fall prevention program for their organization
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Business continuity planning

For employees who are not specialists, but who may play an important role in their organization's emergency preparedness and business continuity planning, we offer two business continuity programs. Take our quick quiz  to see how crisis-ready your organization is, and see our comparison table to find out which business continuity program is right for you. 

Indigenous cultural teachings

Shxun’utun Sul’hween/Footprints of the Ancestors: Pathways to Reconciliation is an Elders and youth gathering open to all people, especially educators, health care professionals, public service and students. The Snaw-Naw-As First Nation will host this event on their territory, now known as Nanoose Bay, British Columbia. View the Shxun’utun Sul’hween program.

Courses open for registration

Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum

This program is designed for those who are working with older adults in long-term, acute and home care, and who have an interest in creating fall prevention plans. Learn about fall risk assessment and prevention, universal fall precautions, as well as fresh approaches to successful and sustainable interventions.
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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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Emergency Management for Organizational Continuity

This four-course micro-credential program focuses on: Emergency Preparedness, Emergency Response and Business Continuity. Plan for and maintain business continuity in the event of an emergency such as a natural disaster, pandemic, conflict or cyber-attack.
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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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Fundamentals for the Homelessness Serving Sector

If you provide support to people who are experiencing homelessness or are at-risk of homelessness, the new Fundamentals for the Homelessness Serving Sector micro-credential program is for you. You will enhance your knowledge and gain the skills and competencies necessary for paid or volunteer roles in the sector.
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Health Terminology and Interoperability Standards

The Health Terminology and Interoperability Standards micro-certificate is a one-year, part-time, online and non-credit program. After graduation of the program, you will be eligible for the Canadian College of Health Information Management Certified Terminology Standards Specialist (CTSS) credential.
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Organizational Preparedness and Adaptability

A six-week online program to help you become more proactive, rather than reactive, and to prepare your organization to withstand any crisis.
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Palliative Care Pharmacy

This online program enables pharmacists to acquire the specialized knowledge to support palliative care patients and their families, as well as other members of the interprofessional team, in pain and symptom management, adverse events, deprescribing, use of opioids, and cancer-associated thrombosis.
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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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Shxun’utun Sul’hween - Footprints of the Ancestors: Pathways to Reconciliation

Shxun’utun Sul’hween/Footprints of the Ancestors: Pathways to Reconciliation is an elders and youth gathering for everyone involved in education, health care and public service. Participants will engage in cultural activities offered by Elders from the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation in cooperation with respected Elders and Knowledge Keepers from neighbouring Coast Salish nations.
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Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL)

The Strategies and Actions for Independent Living micro-certificate provides specialized training in fall prevention to broaden the skill set of home care aides and recognize their crucial role in improving their clients' quality of life.
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Wound Care for Clients Experiencing Inequities

Learn to apply the latest best practices in wound management in a context of harm reduction and trauma-informed care for clients experiencing systemic inequities, including individuals living in unstable housing, facing socioeconomic challenges or using substances.
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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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Unleashing potential

Just like a kid in a candy store, Stasha deLure can't get enough of learning. "It brings me back to that childlike curiosity and creativity. Learning motivates me to reach for more success," she says. For Stasha, knowledge creates personal empowerment and is a chance to prove to herself what she is capable of accomplishing.

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Which wound program is right for you?

In 2023, we launched a new course to give you even more options for expanding your wound management skills. This feature will acquaint you with the range of courses available.

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New program at University of Victoria opens doors to equitable delivery of wound care

'Wound Care for Clients Experiencing Inequities' program looks to provide safe care, support to paramedics, nurses, and others providing support to patients facing health and social inequities in B.C.

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Broadening your perspective and knowledge of palliative care

Pharmacists are key members of multi-disciplinary teams delivering palliative care to people facing life-limiting illness. As more people wish to age and die at home, pharmacists are increasingly called upon to contribute expertise in palliative care pharmacy outside of institutional settings.

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Info session: Health Terminology Standards

To learn more about the Professional Certificate in Health Terminology Standards, we invite you to join us for a half hour information session via Zoom.

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Adaptive intelligence: key to a bright future

Our capacity to create a positive future is created through the quality of our inner thoughts. How we see, think and feel about the world around us directly influences the decisions we make on a day to day basis.

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Longitudinal analysis – studying the health impacts of loneliness and social isolation

By knowing more about how loneliness is associated with health conditions and morbidity, further work can be done to address questions of concern for both patients and the practitioners who serve them.

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Q&A with Sonia More – EOH Instructor

We recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with Sonia More, instructor in the Environmental and Occupational Health certificate program to discuss her professions and interests.​

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Creating opportunity in crisis

Crisis communication has perhaps never been more of an in-demand skill than it has in the last couple of years. The pandemic has revealed many examples of people who have communicated well during crisis, as well as several examples of those who haven’t.

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Talking EMOC with student Jonny Morris

This program is a real confidence boost. It helps shake out your lack of awareness and where your blind spots are.

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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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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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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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In Memoriam: Dr. Bhardwaj

On Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 we lost one of our key stakeholders, Dr. Ashok Bhardwaj, founder of the annual Current Concepts in Dentistry program, practitioner, visionary, collaborator. On Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 we lost one of our key stakeholders, Dr. Ashok Bhardwaj. Born and raised in India, Dr.

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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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University of Victoria Celebrates 20 Years of Dental Continuing Education

The University of Victoria is proud to have commemorated the 20th anniversary of Current Concepts in Dentistry, an annual dental continuing education program designed to assist dental professionals in maintaining currency of knowledge and skills of their profession.

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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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What is PHDA and is it right for you?

The Professional Specialization Certificate in Population Health Data Analysis will give you the skills and knowledge you need to get ahead in your career. Complete four courses to earn a certificate conferred by the University of Victoria or take up to two courses for professional development.

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Interview with EOH grad Donna Saworski

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
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