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Curriculum

The post-diploma BHSc curriculum is equivalent to 2 years of full time university study (a total of 60 credit hours or 20 courses).  Courses may be completed in the sequence best suited for the student. Attention must be paid to the course pre-requisites. The School has several scheduling options to accommodate various needs of the working professional.  Post Diploma students must consult with the Post Diploma Advisor in designing their program.

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Refer also to the Dalhousie University Undergraduate Calendar for the current year (www.registrar.dal.ca/calendar) for course descriptions, etc.  Classes are identified by a subject code (the first 4 letters of the course identifier) and then a four digit number within the subject which designates the level (i.e., 1000 level courses are introductory or first year courses).

REQUIRED COURSES (30 CREDIT HOURS)

STAT 1060.03 - Introductory Statistics for Science and Health Sciences

This class gives an introduction to the basic concepts of statistics through extensive use of examples. The topics include experimental design, descriptive statistics, simple linear regression and the basics of statistical inference. Students will learn to use the statistical package MINITAB.

NOTE: Students who have already taken university level Calculus should consider taking STAT 2060.03 instead of STAT 1060.03.
FORMAT: Lecture 3 hours, tutorial 1 hour, MLC
PREREQUISITE:Academic or advanced Grade 12 Mathematics (or pre-calculus) or equivalent
EXCLUSION: COMM 2501.03, MGMT 2501.03, DISP

HSCE 1000.03 - Foundations of Health Care Practice

This course introduces students in the five BHSc professions to the Canadian Health Care System and the role of the health professional within that system. The course compares the Canadian system to systems from other countries and covers diverse healthcare models such as primary care, palliative care, long term care, etc. The role of the health professional is explored through the study of professionalism, scope of practice, and risk management in an interprofessional context. The course will allow students the opportunity to develop/improve essential skills to help them study and work in a multi-disciplinary system including critical thinking, writing skills, communication and teamwork.

FORMAT: Lecture 3 hours
EXCLUSION: ANAT 1010.03, ANAT 1020.03, PHYL 1000.06, PHYL 1010.06
RESTRICTION: None, however priority is given to Health Sciences students.

HSCE 2000.03 - Health Care Ethics

This is an introductory course in healthcare ethics. Students will be provided with an overview of moral theory and principles; a chance to reflect upon and discuss contemporary ethical issues in healthcare; and an opportunity to acquire the conceptual and practical tools required to make competent ethical decisions in their own practice. Teaching methods will include lecture, group instruction and case analysis.

FORMAT: Lecture 3 hours
RESTRICTION: None, however priority is given to the Health Sciences students

HSCE 3000.03 - Culture Diversity & Health

Community development, community advocacy, social justice and primary healthcare will be the theoretical frameworks for exploring the Health Science practitioner’s role and practice in the context of working with populations in high risk environments. The emphasis is on understanding the issues, collaborating with those involved, and building individual and group capacities to enhance and promote the health and well-being of specific populations.

FORMAT: Online delivery via BLS
RESTRICTION: None, however priority is given to the Health Sciences students

HSCE 3010.03 - Introduction to Health Research

HSCE 3010 is designed to help students make sense of the research they can be expected to encounter in their professional practices. By focusing on the role of research in contemporary health professional practice this course will provide the student with a sound basis in the principles underlying research theory, measurement issues, experimental, exploratory and descriptive research designs, data analysis and communication skills.

FORMAT: Online delivery via BLS
EXCLUSION: HAHP 3100.03
RESTRICTION: None, however priority is given to the Health Sciences students

HSCE 4030.03 - Leadership in Healthcare

This course will consider various elements of leadership in a complex, multiprofessional and rapidly changing healthcare system, and will enable students to assess and strengthen their own leadership style. An understanding of current trends and issues in healthcare will provide a basis for the development of leadership skills. Critical thinking, decision-making processes and other leadership behaviours will be examined.

FORMAT: Online delivery via BLS
RESTRICTION: None, however priority is given to the Health Sciences students

HESA 4000.03 - Canadian Health Care Delivery

The class is designed to provide an overview of healthcare in Canada, and more specifically in Nova Scotia, where the health reform process will be addressed. Aimed specifically at supervisors, middle management, and administrators the existing trends in healthcare from a national and provincial perspective will be reviewed. The goal of this class is to provide the student with a snapshot view of the existing healthcare system, its past development, and future direction.

CROSS-LISTING: CANA 4300.00

HSCE 4200.03 - Foundations in Clinical and Professional Education

Using an adult education theoretical perspective, this course introduces students to elements of program design, objective setting, selection of instructional methods and assessment strategies for application to their roles as preceptors, patient educators, and lifelong students. This course will discuss a variety of teaching, learning and delivery methods as well as their appropriateness to clinical and professional education.

FORMAT: Online delivery via BLS
PREREQUISITE: HAHP 3100 or HSCE 3010 or equivalent
RESTRICTION: None, however priority is given to the Health Sciences students

HLTH 4040.03 - Health Law for Non-Lawyers

The objective of this course is to provide the non-law student with an overview of significant legal issues that arise in the healthcare context. The first part of the course covers an introduction to the Canadian legal system, the Canadian healthcare system from a legal perspective, and the nature of legal proceedings. The second part focuses on issues of particular relevance in the provision of health services; these issues may include: practice management; confidentiality and disclosure of information, including whistle blowing; consent to treatment, including issues regarding minors and those lacking capacity; mental health law; and the regulation of drugs. Finally, the third part addresses contemporary issues in health law such as cost containment, issues of care at the end of life, and the impact of human rights legislation on healthcare services and delivery.

FORMAT: Fall term BLS
RESTRICTION: Health Profession students only

HSCE 4220.03 - Critical Research Appraisal and Practices

This course is designed to give students and practicing professionals the opportunity to further develop and practice those skills essential to the competent translation of knowledge into clinical practice. Through evaluationand use of evidence-informed decision making and change management processes students will be prepared to assist their future workplaces in staying at the forefront of clinical practice.

FORMAT: Online delivery via BLS
RESTRICTION: None, however priority is given to the Health Sciences students

 

FACULTY OF HEALTH ELECTIVES (15 CREDIT HOURS)

Students may choose five health-related electives from the Faculty of Health.

Note: There is an option to receive a disability management certificate along with your degree in Health Sciences.

OPEN ELECTIVES (15 CREDIT HOURS)

Students may choose any five courses from Dalhousie and Kings College that interest them.

Specialty Practice and Independent Study courses are only permitted on approval of the Post Diploma Advisor and agreement of a suitable supervisor. 

HSCE 4040.03 - Independent Study

The student will carry out an independent study or complete a project related to health sciences. Facilitiation is provided by faculty or a course supervisor and is dependent upon the nature of the course of study. Students wishing to pursue HSCE 4040.03 must consult with the fourth year post diploma advisor for approval a minimum of three months prior to the beginning of the term in which they hope to enrol in the course.

This course may not be offered every year and will be contingent upon the availability of faculty.

DCYT 4000.12/4100.06 - Specialty Practice I/Specialty Practice II

Specialty practice affords students the opportunity to attain additional competence and knowledge in a specialty practice area. There are three components to specialty practice: clinical, contextual and theoretical. This course can be six or twelve credit hours depending on the nature of the specialty practice. Specialty practice is arranged through consultation with the fourth year/post diploma advisor.

PREREQUISITE: DCYT 3500.03 for entry level students; Post diploma students must consult with the post diploma advisor to ensure the necessary prerequisites have been met.
RESTRICTION:
Restricted to Bachelor of Health Science students in DCYT. Enrolment may be limited due to clinical site availability.

DMUT 4000.12/4100.06 - Specialty Practice I/Specialty Practice II

Specialty practice affords students the opportunity to attain additional competence and knowledge in a specialty practice area. There are three components to specialty practice: clinical, contextual and theoretical. This course can be six or twelve credit hours depending on the nature of the specialty practice. Specialty practice is arranged through consultation with the fourth year/post diploma advisor.

PREREQUISITE: DMUT 3500.03 for entry level students; Post diploma students must consult with the post diploma advisor to ensure the necessary prerequisites have been met.
RESTRICTION: Restricted to Bachelor of Health Science students in DMUT. Enrolment may be limited due to clinical site availability.

NUMT 4100.06 - Specialty Practice I/Specialty Practice II

Specialty practice affords students the opportunity to attain additional competence and knowledge in a specialty practice area. There are three components to specialty practice: clinical, contextual and theoretical. Specialty Practice is arranged through consultation with the fourth year/ post diploma advisor.

PREREQUISITE: NUMT 3500.03 for entry level students; Post diploma students must consult with the post diploma advisor to ensure the necessary prerequisites have been met.
RESTRICTION: Restricted to Bachelor of Health Science students in the professional stream of Nuclear Medicine Technology. Enrolment may be limited due to clinical site availability.

RSPT 4000.12/4100.06: Specialty Practice I/Specialty Practice II

Specialty practice affords students the opportunity to attain additional competence and knowledge in a specialty practice area. There are three components to specialty practice: clinical, contextual and theoretical. This course can be six or twelve credit hours depending on the nature of the specialty practice. Specialty practice is arranged through consultation with the fourth year/post diploma advisor.

PREREQUISITE: RSPT 3500.03 for entry level students; Post diploma students must consult with the post diploma advisor to ensure the necessary prerequisites have been met.
RESTRICTION: Restricted to Bachelor of Health Science students in Respiratory Therapy. Enrolment may be limited due to clinical site availability.