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Healthcare Environmental Services Management

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Program Details

  • Program Code:9158
  • School:School of Community and Health Studies
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:2 years/ 4 semesters

Program Overview

Program Overview

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Note: Lecture courses for the 2021/2022 academic year will likely be delivered virtually, through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous formats. Laboratory courses will likely be delivered on campus; however, an official decision will not be made until June 2021.

Centennial College's Healthcare Environmental Services Management (HESM) program was designed to meet the high demand for qualified environmental services managers with the ability to develop systems and processes to protect workers, clients and patients from environmental hazards in the health care setting and operate buildings that are safe.

Today's health care environment is changing, and there's an increased need for infection control measures, outbreak or pandemic planning, isolation cleaning levels, emergency preparedness and timely response in the health care setting. In this college health diploma program's courses, you'll learn to develop, implement, and monitor operating systems and preventative maintenance in the housekeeping, laundry, maintenance and transportation areas within the environmental department of a health care facility. You'll also learn about the emergence of new technologies and modernized processes to fight antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" and to help support disease control of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs).

The curriculum will include concepts of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as well as going "green" for a healthier environment and to reduce pollution and the carbon footprint. You'll also research the use of effective eco-friendly products with lower volatile organic compounds.

To help you acquire the necessary skills, the HESM program will also expose you to the industry's best practices and continuous quality improvements to coordinate and monitor building, sanitation, maintenance and operating systems. You'll also be informed of the wide range of environmental issues health care facilities encounter as they work to comply with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Health Canada, Occupational Health and Safety, Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) and other regulatory requirements. As part of Public Health Ontario, the PIDAC has created best practice documents, reports and recommendations on matters related to communicable diseases, immunization, and infection prevention and control and surveillance. Centennial's HESM program is recognized as a recommended program that managers and supervisors in environmental service departments can attend when directly related to environmental cleaning in health care.

Through this offering, you'll combine health care 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.

As a Centennial College HESM student and graduate, you may be eligible to apply for Ontario Healthcare Housekeepers' Association and Canadian Association of Environmental Management memberships. Both are recommended for employment opportunities.

Program Highlights

  • The Healthcare Environmental Services Management program will incorporate classroom lectures, hands-on practical lab experience, field trips and guest speaker presentations.
  • Experiential learning and practical skill development will occur on campus in designated lab areas and in computer labs with industry-specific software.
  • Included in this School of Community and Health Studies program will be two field placements in semester 3 and 4.
  • The diploma you'll earn reflects high standards of learning and transferable skills.

As a Healthcare Environmental Services Management graduate, you'll be able to reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • Support the provision of a healthy, safe and sanitary health care environment 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;
  • Effectively work as part of an interprofessional health care 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 health care 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 health care environmental services context;
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of recruitment, orientation, training, development and retention programs for health care 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.

Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion Portfolio

You'll develop a portfolio documenting your engagement with the College's signature Global Citizenship and equity Competencies. For more information on Global Citizenship, Education and Inclusion, the GCEI portfolio and the available supports, please visit


Career Options and Education Pathways

Career Options and Education Pathways

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Career Outlook

  • Healthcare Environmental Service Management
  • Environmental Services Supervisor
  • Healthcare Facilities Building Operations Manager
  • Housekeeping and/or Laundry Supervisor
  • Environmental Services Management
  • Linen and Transportation Supervisor
  • Property Manager

Education Pathways

Qualified graduates of this Healthcare Environmental Services Management Diploma program may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow you to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree Program
Algoma University Bachelor of Science - multiple majors
Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors
Brock University Bachelor or Honours Degree - multiple majors
Honours Bachelor Degree - Public or Child Health
Davenport University Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration
Lakehead University Honours or Bachelor Degree - multiple majors
Nipissing University Bachelor of Arts - multiple major
Ryerson University Bachelor of Health Administration - Health Information Management
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
York University Honours Bachelor degree - any major
Honours Health Science and Science - multiple majors

Please visit our website at for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.


Placement Partners

The Healthcare Environmental Services Management program has established field placement partnerships with organizations including, but not limited to: Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Scarborough Health Network, Humber River Hospital, Unity Health Toronto, Shepherd Village, Belmont House, Sienna Senior Living, Extendicare, Kensington Health, Aramark, Sodexo and City of Toronto LTC.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

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

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

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.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in-person to For more information go to Application Fees.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

International Students

If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $2,721.00 $1,205.24 $3,926.24
International $15,385.50 $1,714.24 $17,099.74

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