About the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions

What types of assignments will I be doing?

As a student in the Graduate Certificate in Mental Health and Addictions, you'll be completing a variety of assignments.  You'll be doing things like readings, papers, discussions, group assignments and role-playing - all via distance technology.

How long will this program take to complete?

Most students find that it takes a minimum of four terms to complete the required courses, by taking one course per term in consecutive sequence.  Students may complete the certificate more quickly by enrolling in two courses per term.

How many hours per week does it take to complete the coursework?

The minimum time investment per course is ten hours per week, including three hours of online class time.  Lectures are prerecorded, and can be watched as your schedule permits.

Will I be marked on attendance and participation?

We find students get the most out of courses by being active participants.  Although courses are all offered online, students are expected to engage with their classmates on discussion boards, watch pre-recorded lectures, and frequently complete assignments in groups.

How much does the Certificate cost?

The cost for each half-credit course is $1050.  For more information, visit Money Matters or call (902) 494-3998.

Are there scholarships or other funding available for this program?

Visit the Graduate Studies website to find out more about funding and scholarships.


About Online Learning

How do I log in to my courses?

Once you have been officially admitted to the Graduate Certificate, information on how to get set up online will be communicated by email. A NetID will be your username to login to systems at Dalhousie University. You will be asked to set up a password for your NetID by visiting password.dal.ca and selecting "Activate or Lookup my NetID."  You will login at the OWL link on the Dalhousie homepage or go to dal.ca/brightspace to access your courses.

When will my course be available?

Course sites are available on the first day of the academic term. If you cannot see your course, contact mha@dal.ca.

What web browser should I use to access my courses?

The Dalhousie University learning management system, Brightspace, performs best using Chrome or Firefox if you are using a PC, or Safari for Mac users. Access to a high-speed Internet connection is required.

How do I use Brightspace?

Learn the basics by watching Welcome to Brightspace.  We've also prepared a step-by-step guide to Brightspace [PDF 296 kB]. 

If you're still having trouble, you can contact Karla at mha@dal.ca, or the Dalhousie University IT Help Desk at support@dal.ca or call 902-494-HELP (4357), or toll free at 1-800-869-3931.



More questions?

Contact us on mha@dal.ca.