Healthcare Environmental Services Management

Program Code: 9158

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: *Morningside Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8068

Centennial College’s Healthcare Environmental Services Management program was designed to meet the demand for qualified environmental services managers with the ability to develop systems and processes to protect workers, clients and patients from environmental hazards present in the healthcare setting and operate buildings that are safe.  Curriculum includes concepts of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and going “Green” for a healthier environment and to reduce pollution and carbon footprint.  We also research the use of effective eco-friendly products with lower Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC).

The students will be informed of the wide range of environmental issues healthcare facilities are encountering currently to comply with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), Health Canada, Occupational Health and Safety, Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) and other regulatory requirements.

Today’s healthcare environment is changing and there is an increased need for infection control measures, outbreak or pandemic planning, isolation cleaning levels and emergency preparedness and response in the healthcare setting. You will learn to develop, implement and monitor operating systems in the housekeeping, laundry, maintenance, and transportation areas within the environmental department of a healthcare facility and the emergence of new technologies to fight antibiotic-resistant “Superbugs” and to help support disease control of bacteria and viruses.

To help you to acquire the necessary skills, the Healthcare Environmental Services Management program will expose you to the industry’s best practices and continuous quality improvement to coordinate and monitor building, sanitation, maintenance and operating systems.  Through this School of Community and Health Studies program, you will combine healthcare environmental service knowledge with business and human relations, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. This combination will prepare you to work with a diverse team in this challenging field.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Morningside Campus
GNED-126 Occupational Health and Safety Morningside Campus
HESM-101 Infection Control 1 Morningside Campus
HESM-102 Cleaning and Linen Methodology 1 Morningside Campus
HESM-103 Role of the Healthcare Environmental Services Manager Morningside Campus
HESM-104 Computer Applications Morningside Campus
HESM-107 Communication and Interprofessional Collaboration for Environmental Services Morningside Campus
HESM-108 Math Application for Environmental Services Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
HESM-105 The Healthcare System Morningside Campus
HESM-109 Purchasing and Materials Management Morningside Campus
HESM-202 Cleaning and Linen Methodology 2 Morningside Campus
HESM-204 Healthcare Business Practices Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
HESM-106 Field Placement 1 Morningside Campus
HESM-201 Infection Control 2 Morningside Campus
HESM-203 Management and Leadership Principles Morningside Campus
HESM-205 Human Resources Management Morningside Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
HESM-206 Field Placement 2 Morningside Campus
HESM-207 Plant Operations and Systems Management Progress Campus
HESM-208 Labour Relations Morningside Campus
HESM-209 Cost Analysis Morningside Campus
HESM-210 Professional Practice Morningside Campus
HESM-211 Financial Management and Budgeting Morningside Campus

Program Highlights

  • The Healthcare Environmental Services Management program will incorporate classroom lectures, hands-on practical lab experience, field trips and guest speaker presentations.
  • You will complete your training in large, well-equipped industry specific laboratories as well as computer labs with industry-specific software.
  • Included in this School of Community and Health Studies program will be two field placements (one in the third semester and the other in the fourth semester).
  • During this program, you will apply your developed knowledge in a variety of lab settings within the college and the arranged field placements.
  • The Healthcare Environmental Services Management program has established field placement partnerships with organizations such as: Leisureworld Senior Care Corporation, Shepherd Village, St. Michael’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Health Centre, North York General, Ina Grafton-Gage Home (Toronto), Belmont House, Vermont Square, and Region of Peel.
  • The diploma you will earn reflects high standards of learning and transferable skills that will make you eligible to become a member in industry-specific professional associations.

Global Citizenship and Equity Portfolio

Students in this program will develop a portfolio documenting their engagement with the College's signature global citizenship and equity competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship and Equity, the GC&E Portfolio and the supports available to you, please visit

As a Healthcare Environmental Services Management program graduate you will be able to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Support the provision of a healthy, safe and sanitary healthcare environments according to guidelines set by current legislation, standards and regulations;
  • Analyze infection prevention and control practices to ensure compliance with current legislation standards and regulations;
  • Work effectively as part of an inter-professional healthcare team to ensure successful functioning of the facility;
  • Apply quality management principles in compliance with requirements established by the organization and regulatory bodies;
  • Manage the healthcare environmental services operations as outlined by the departmental/organizational business plan;
  • Develop ongoing personal and professional development strategies and plans to achieve realistic career goals and to enhance management skills;
  • Analyze and evaluate the impact of social, ethical and legal issues on individual and/or organizational operations within a healthcare environmental services context;
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of the recruitment, orientation, training, development and retention programs for healthcare environmental services employees;
  • Develop and evaluate a departmental budget that reflects fiscal accountability and financial planning;
  • Apply effective human resource management practices to enhance organizational and individual productivity and performance;
  • Document, generate, and maintain all required records in compliance with current healthcare environmental services regulations, standards and established protocol.

Articulation Agreements

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow students to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • Algoma University, Ontario
  • Davenport University, Ontario
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario

Career Outlook

  • Healthcare Environmental Services Manager
  • Supervisor Healthcare Facilities
  • Manager Building Operations
  • Supervisor Laundry
  • Housekeeping Supervisor

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11 M or U, or 12 C or U or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission

1. Apply Online

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2. Submit Documents

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