Certificate in Health & Wellness

Certificate in Health and Wellness


This program is consistent with a global movement that recognizes healthy children and youth are better able to learn and that schools are well suited to be able to influence students’ health.  Given initiatives such as HealthySchools and ActNowBC, this program contributes to the ongoing development of knowledge and skills in the area of Health Education for current educators.

Would you like to:

  •  Achieve a Certificate (15 credits: 3 core courses and 2 electives), in one year, that can be a stand-alone or paired with another Certificate Program in order to receive a Diploma in Education. These may also qualify for TQS advancement (read more);
  • Gain valuable knowledge and skills in how to develop, implement and evaluate an effective Health and Wellness curriculum, e.g., Health and Career Education K-7; 8-9, Planning 10;
  • Expand your repertoire of teaching approaches for the implementation of Health Education;
  • Share resources among the many learners in the program to increase your own toolbox?

Benefits of the Certificate Program:

  • Learning – Educators tasked with implementing Health and Career Education K-7; 8-9 or Planning 10, will gain valuable knowledge and skills that enable you to be more effective in the preparation, implementation and assessment of the curriculum, particularly through actively engaging students;
  • Flexibility – Taken over the course of one year through summer and winter session courses the timing is a compliment to your full-time practice as an educator; can also be combined with another Certificate program leading to a Diploma and may qualify for TQS advancement.
  • Collegial – Involving colleagues from local and surrounding districts around topics of shared interest and mutual benefit;
  • Practical and Coherent -
    • Core courses provide the much needed edge for a beginning teacher, and others not familiar with implementing Health Education and promotion in schools, through developing a coherent approach to working with this challenging and exciting topic area;
    • Organized around a consistent theme and culminating in student-generated projects that are fun, inspiring and valuable resources to be shared among colleagues.
  • Personal and Professional – Past students of these courses consistently report that their learning will be valuable in their own lives as well as professionally.

The certificate program consists of 15 credits (five 3-credit courses, from the 300 level or higher). All students are required to take three core curriculum and pedagogy courses plus two electives. To find available course sections, visit the UBC Course Calendar and search by course code.

EDCP 325 Approaches to Health Education - 3 credits
EDCP 326 Curriculum & Pedagogy In Health Education - 3 credits
EDCP 327 Special Topics in Health Education - 3 credits

Two electives are to be taken, in one of the following areas of focus. Courses may be available during evening sessions at UBC campus, or online where available.

Counselling Psychology & Career Planning
CNPS 362 Basic Interviewing Skills
CNPS 363 Career Counselling (online option)
CNPS 427 Guidance: Planning and Decision-making (online option)
EDCP 497 Career Education & Curriculum

Healthy Living
FNH 350 Fundamentals of Nutrition
FNH 351 Vitamins, Minerals and Health
FNH 355 World Problems in Nutrition
HKIN 353 Human Body Composition
HKIN 366 Movement Experiences for Young Children
HKIN 381 Leisure, sport and Popular Culture
HESO 449 Topics in Health & Society (by permission)

FMST 314 Relationship Development
FMST 316 Human Sexuality (online option)
SOCI 312 Diversity in Family Forms
SOCI 324 Sociology of the Life Course
SOCI 369A Sociology of Sexualities

First Nations
EDUC 441 History of First Nations Schooling
EDUC 442 Critical Issues in First Nations Education
EDCP 362 Curriculum Design and Evaluation: Practical & Theoretical issues
SPPH 404 Indigenous Health: Historical Impacts and Contemporary Approaches
SPPH 408 Topics in Aboriginal Health: Community-based Learning Experience
SPPH 409 International Indigenous Experiences of Colonization

Find out more information about how to apply and register.

For the most up-to-date information on this program, including admissions information and program requirements, please visit the UBC Calendar.

Apply via the Teacher Education Office


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This program is offered by the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy.