Healthcare Environmental Services Management

Program Details

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

Program Availability

Domestic Availability
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Program Overview

Program Overview

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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 health care setting and operate buildings that are safe.

Today's health care environment is changing, and there is an increased need for infection control measures, outbreak or pandemic planning, isolation cleaning levels, emergency preparedness and response in the health care setting. In the courses of this college health diploma program, you 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 to fight antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" and to help support disease control of bacteria and viruses.

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

During your time in this healthcare program, you are informed of the wide range of environmental issues health care facilities are encountering as they work 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.

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

Centennial College HESM Graduates/Students have the option to apply for an Ontario Healthcare Housekeepers' Association (OHHA) membership.

Program Highlights

  • The Healthcare Environmental Services Management program incorporates classroom lectures, hands-on practical lab experience, field trips and guest speaker presentations.
  • You 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 are two field placements (one in the third semester and the other in the fourth semester).
  • During this program, you apply your developed knowledge in a variety of lab settings within the college and the arranged field placements.
  • The diploma you earn reflects high standards of learning and transferable skills.
  • Upon graduation you may be eligible to become a member in industry-specific professional associations including Ontario Healthcare Housekeepers Associations (OHHA), Canadian Association of Environmental Management (CAEM).

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 health care 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 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

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, Education and Inclusion, the GCEI Portfolio and the available supports, please visit

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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Articulation Agreements

Qualified graduates 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. Our partners include:

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

Placement Partners

The Healthcare Environmental Services Management program has established field placement partnerships with organizations including: Sienna Senior Living, City of Toronto, Bridgepoint Health Centre, Shepherd Village, St. Michael's Hospital, St. Joseph's Health Centre, North York General, Ina Grafton-Gage Home (Toronto), Belmont House and Region of Peel.

Career Outlook

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

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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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

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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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.

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.

2. Submit Documents

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

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: 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 2018.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $3,023.50 $1,223.00 $4,246.50
International $14,080.00 $2,391.00 $16,471.00

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