Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion (Pickering Learning Site)

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Program Code: 1233

School: School of Community and Health Studies

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Graduate Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Pickering Learning Site


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8068

The Workplace and Wellness Health Promotion program is offered at Centennial College's Pickering Learning Site, which provides an intimate learning environment. The curriculum of this offering, however, is identical to the Workplace and Wellness Health Promotion program offered at Centennial College's Morningside Campus.

The undertaking, which falls under the umbrella of the School of Community and Health Studies, is one of the first post-graduate offerings of its kind in Canada. Because of this, the program is respected nationally and internationally, and is recognized by leading employers.

You learn to promote the total well being of individuals and groups within corporate and community contexts. To do so effectively, you:

  • Gain essential program management and communication skills needed to become an effective manager of wellness and health promotion programs
  • Become knowledgeable in providing wellness coaching as well as designing, implementing and evaluating effective health promotion strategies and programs, and managing programs in accordance with organizational policies and procedures
  • Focus on assessing health risk factors, and developing health and wellness plans, and strategies to promote individual and organizational well-being
  • Learn to utilize a variety of presentation techniques and strategies, develop a business case for wellness, and market and promote wellness programs

With your skills and knowledge in program design and management, psychosocial and physical health issues, mental health management, program planning and health promotion theory, you will bring a holistic and interprofessional approach to the field.

Note: For the Morningside Campus Workplace Wellness and Health Promotion program, please see Program 1213 for more information.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
WELL-707 Program Planning Pickering Learning Site
WELL-720 Placement Preparation Pickering Learning Site
WELL-730 Coaching, Communication & Leadership Skills Pickering Learning Site
WELL-731 Mental Health Management Pickering Learning Site
WELL-732 Environmental Health Pickering Learning Site
WELL-740 Business Foundations Pickering Learning Site
WELL-742 Health Promotion & Organizational Development Pickering Learning Site
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
WELL-724 Program Planning 2 Pickering Learning Site
WELL-734 Field Placement Pickering Learning Site
WELL-736 Community Health Pickering Learning Site

Program Highlights

  • Included are topics such as: program planning and management, mental health management, health promotion theory, organizational development, environmental health, coaching, business foundations and community health.
  • Led by faculty members who have relevant and current industry experience, you develop leadership skills through assessing individual and group health and wellness needs.
  • You design and implement workplace wellness projects before the final semester, when you strengthen your skills and explore career opportunities during a field placement.
  • The placement component provides you with valuable and relevant work experience and networking opportunities.
  • Credit for past educational experience will be considered through the PLAR process.

Once you complete the Workplace and Wellness Health Promotion offering, you will be able to:

  • Assess wellness needs of individuals, groups, organizations and communities
  • Apply best practices to design, implement, evaluate, and manage effective individual and agency intervention strategies and wellness programs to achieve goals mutually determined through consultation
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing (for example, presenting workshops, seminars, speeches and facilitating groups; writing reports and proposals and developing promotional materials)
  • Identify risk factors that influence human behaviour, and health and wellness
  • Implement strategies that facilitate personal, organizational culture and community wellness
  • Analyze the trends and issues in the political, social and economic environment and effectively deliver contemporary wellness programs that address these factors
  • Work in team settings and apply leadership and organizational skills to a variety of populations and settings
  • Provide appropriate referral information to assist individuals, groups and organizations
  • Advocate wellness concepts and philosophies in community and employment settings
  • Maintain professional helping and working relationships that adhere to legal and ethical standards
  • Apply principles of health promotion to a variety of diverse individuals, organizations and communities
  • Apply research design and methods to workplace wellness and health promotion projects
  • Examine the strategic approach to human resource management
  • Develop global citizenship and equity knowledge, skills and experience as it relates to sustainability of resources, individual and community identities, critical social analysis, and enhanced personal and social responsibility

Placement Partners

Potential placements:

AON Hewitt, Bridgepoint Hospital, Bernard Betel Centre, Black Creek Community Health, Excellence Canada, Flemingdon Health Centre, Harmony Hall Centre for Seriors, Durham Police, Toronto East General Hospital, Thorpe Benefits, The Salvation Army, Sprout Wellness Solutions, Southlake Hospital,The Hospital for Sick Children, North York General Hospital, Parachute, People Corporation, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities, Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Tire Corporation, Centennial College, Centric Health, Ceridian, City of Mississauga, Community Care Access Centre, Dolce International (BMO Financial), E. I Dupont Centre, Health Systems Group, Heart & Stroke Foundation, Homewood Employee Health, Insideout Life Balance, Lewis-Daly and Associates, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour, Manpower Service of Canada, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Morneau Shepell, Mt. Sinai, Hospital, Ontario Shores Centre For Mental Health, Ophea, Peel Regional Police, Region of Waterloo Public Health, Rogers Communication, Rouge Valley Health, Ryerson University, South Riverdale Community Health, St. Michael's Hospital, Sun Life Financial, TELUS, The Cooperators, The Healthy Shopper/Naturally Savvy, The Scarborough Hospital, Toronto District School Board, Toronto Housing Corporation, Toronto Police Services, Toronto Social Services, Tri-Fit Inc., University Health Network, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, Vaughan Community Health, William Osler Health System, YMCA of Greater Toronto, York Region, York University

Career Outlook

  • Wellness program manager
  • Wellness coordinator
  • Program specialist
  • Health promotion consultant/manager
  • Client relationship director
  • Health strategies associate
  • Healthy workplace engagement coordinator

Academic Requirements

  • A college diploma, or a university degree in any discipline
  • Demonstration of English Proficiency


1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

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