Graduate Diploma in Applied Health Sciences

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Explore health care leadership at your own pace

The health care landscape is constantly evolving. The Graduate Diploma in Applied Health Sciences is a fully online postgraduate diploma program that gives you the health systems knowledge and leadership tools to respond to these changes.

Start in May or September

With two intakes per year, you choose when to start and how quickly to progress. Across one mandatory course and four elective courses, the program lets you build your knowledge, one course at a time.

Customize your workload

After the mandatory Critical Thinking in Health Sciences course, you can customize your workload and decide how long you'll take to complete the program within a five-year period.

Ready when you are

Take advantage of flexibility with your career and schedule. Explore health care leadership and advocacy on your terms, with minimal commitment.

Forward-facing graduate education

Upon program completion you can return to the workplace with upgraded skills. After completing two courses in good standing, you can choose to apply with advanced standing to the Applied Health Sciences master's programs.

Students are required to successfully complete a total of five courses to earn a Graduate Diploma in Applied Health Sciences.

purple_box_75x75.jpg 1 mandatory course (0.5 credits)
Critical Thinking in Health Sciences (9001)

blue_box_75x75.jpg4 online courses (2.0 credits)
Offered as electives


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Applying is easy

Applications open November 1.  For Summer Term intake, the application deadline is March 1. For Fall Term intake, the deadline is July 1. Applications received after the deadline will be considered if space in the program is available.

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Admissions and Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in the area of health sciences, from an accredited university, college or institute
  • Minimum B average based on the last two years or 20 half credits of study
  • Two references
    • One academic (if attended university within the last five years) and one professional
  • Demonstrated English language proficiency, including both written and oral communication
    • Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of English language proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS is recommended)
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 620 (paper-based), 105 (internet-based), 260 (computer-based) or an IELTS score of 7.5 is required
  • Advanced computer skills

Learners who hold an undergraduate degree, or equivalent, in an unrelated field and have at least two years of appropriate, full-time employment experience in the health sciences may be admitted on a case-by case basis.

Learning Outcomes

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Health Sciences is designed by leaders in the fields of education and healthcare with input from students and employers. Over the course of study, students will develop:

  • Critical understanding of current and projected health demographics
  • Critical knowledge of one area of concentration within the health sciences
  • Awareness of different facets of health science and their interconnections
  • Appreciation for how health demographics are reflected in, interpreted and applied by different professions/disciplines
  • Critical knowledge of the complex and rapidly growing landscape of health information
  • Understanding of and competency with the appropriate research techniques to effectively explore this health information
  • An efficient approach to keeping ahead of the rapidly evolving health information base
  • An ability to analyze a range of health issues by applying current knowledge and perspectives
  • Insight into one’s capacity to contribute to human health through understanding current health knowledge and research techniques
  • An ability to apply an advanced understanding of health issues to one’s personal health employment environment

Program Details

Requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Applied Health Sciences can be fulfilled in:

  • 20 months, assuming one course is taken each semester
  • 12 months, assuming two courses are taken each semester

All five courses must be completed within a five-year period.

Tuition and Fees

  • $1,418 per course for domestic students
  • $2,900 per course for international students
  • Ancillary fee of $70 per semester

Contact Us

For general program inquiries, please contact gdahs@uwo.ca.