VIU offering half-price certification

Students who want to study health promotion for aboriginal communities through VIU can now get the certificate program for half the cost.

Students who want to study health promotion for aboriginal communities through Vancouver Island University can now get the certificate program for half the cost.

One-time funding from the Ministry of Advanced Education means tuition will be halved for the next round of this VIU-developed program.

The program was created in response to the concerns of the Island’s First Nations communities to have qualified personnel assist with members’ health needs.

It provides training in community development, health education and promotion, and fosters an understanding of the social elements of health in First Nations communities.

Now, up to 25 students can enrol for the next session of the part-time program, which runs from September, 2016 to June, 2017.

Studies take place mostly online, with in-person weekend institutes taking place at VIU’s Parksville campus every six weeks.

Students are also required to take a six-week practicum session; most of these are based at aboriginal communities on Vancouver Island.

“VIU is committed to providing an affordable and culturally safe program,” Carol Stuart, Dean of VIU’s Faculty of Health and Human Services, said in announcing the funding. “Our faculty have highly relevant experience, and our flexible delivery model means students from around the Island and province can attend while maintaining existing employment.”

Students last year praised the flexibility, as it allowed them to take advantage of a new opportunity without the expense of travel.

Applications are now being accepted. For more information, visit https://www2.viu.ca/pdt/certificates/chpac.asp or contact Coordinator Linda Young at linda.young@viu.ca.

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