FAQs

What is included in the program?

  • Five Online Courses – 7 weeks of each, taught by professors and senior instructors in Dalhousie University's CAPPA-accredited School of Public Administration, who bring experience in the public sector and advanced academic credentials.

Full support for adult learners is provided by Dalhousie's Centre for Executive and Graduate Education instructional support team.

What are the prerequisites?

Enrolment is open to all applicants who possess a minimum of a two-year post-secondary diploma and/or a four-year equivalent degree from a university recognized by the Senate of Dalhousie University.

On what online platform is the program delivered?

The five-course program is delivered through the flexibility and convenience of Dalhousie’s enriched and engaging online learning platform (Brightspace). Courses will include group activities, discussion forums, live streaming lectures and project work.

What is the tuition fee?

  • Public Policy & Management Certificate Program (5 courses): $3,475*
  • Individual courses are $695* each.

* Tuition is all-inclusive (all fees and materials are included in the price of the course/program).

What is the course schedule?

September 2020 to June 2021 Program Dates

  • September 7 – October 24, 2020: Government Structures and Intergovernmental Relations
  • October 25 – December 12, 2020: Public Policy and Strategic Financial Management
  • January 11 - February 27, 2021: Digital Governance
  • March 1 - April 17, 2021: Human Resource Management and Diversity
  • April 19 – June 5, 2021: Public Sector Leadership and Ethics

January to December 2021 Program Dates

  • January 11 - February 27, 2021: Government Structures and Intergovernmental Relations
  • March 1 - April 17, 2021: Public Policy and Strategic Financial Management
  • April 19 – June 5, 2021: Digital Governance
  • SUMMER BREAK
  • September 6 - October 24, 2021 Human Resource Management and Diversity
  • October 25 - December 12, 2021: Public Sector Leadership and Ethics

*See detailed course descriptions below.

What are the course descriptions

Government Structures and Intergovernmental Relations

The purpose of this course is to examine and understand the organisational  dimensions of governance and public management as they pertain to the Canadian parliamentary system within the framework and context of federalism.

Core objectives of the Module include:

  • Developing an understanding of the determinants of government structure, including constitutional principles and conventions;
  • Developing an understanding of policy objectives, policy interdependencies, and political interests that require organisational response;
  • Developing an understanding of intergovernmental relations and fiscal federalism in defining organizational design;
  • Understand the rise of multilevel governance and the role of First Nations, the private sector and the municipalities in the governance architecture. 

Public Policy and Strategic Financial Management

The purpose of this Module is to understand the policymaking process and the role of financial accounting and accountability within the context of the policy process. 

Core objectives of this course include:

  • Developing an understanding of the policy process, the interplay between policy and operations; the evolving policy context
  • Developing an understanding of policy formulation, including  instruments and rationales for their selection; 
  • Understanding management of vertical, horizontal and networked relationships in policy design;
  • Developing an understanding of fiscal management, including accounting , accountability for public funds and the linkages between planning, programming, budgeting and  accountability.

Public Sector Leadership and Ethics

The purpose of this Module is to examine theories and leadership frameworks within the public sector, as well as the components for highly effective leadership.  Fostering high integrity organisations through ethical leadership.

Therefore, the core objectives of this course include:

  • Understanding the link between leadership and public sector innovation;
  • Developing strategic thinking, visioning capabilities; fostering managerial excellence, mobilizing people and teams, and driving performance management;
  • Developing an understanding of ethical issues and dilemmas including how to deal with them; 
  • Developing an understanding of the relationship between leadership and ethics. 

Digital Governance

The purpose of this course is to gain a deeper understanding of how digital technologies and the internet are transforming government and governance, both administratively and democratically. 

Core objectives of this course include:

  • Developing an understanding of globalization, digital transformation and e-governance; 
  • Developing an understanding the importance of digital technologies in modernizing government, both in terms of policy and services

Human Resource Management and Diversity

The purpose of this course is to examine human resource management within the public sector, and understand concepts of diversity, inclusion and equity within the context of human resources.

The core objectives of the course include:

  • Developing an understanding of human resource management and functions within the public sector;
  • Developing an understanding of the concepts of diversity and inclusion; 
  • Developing an understanding of the role of including a diversity lens into both policymaking and human resources.