Now accepting applications for Winter/Spring 2018
(The first course in the series, REHAB 543, is tentatively scheduled to run March 5 - June 1, 2018)
Sexual Health Education
The Online Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health is designed for current and aspiring professionals across health and education disciplines and will be of interest to those working in health, education, government and not-for-profit sectors. The aim of this program is to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to facilitate learners to become best practice professionals in sexual health and to become proficient in the sexual health field.
Applying to the Program
The UofA has now moved to a new application system APPLY HERE
The online application will ask for references, supervisors, CV etc. HOWEVER, certificate program applicants DO NOT NEED TO provide this information as admission requirements for certificate programs are relaxed. Please follow the instructions outlined in the document below which provides step by step instructions on how to complete the application.
PDF Step by Step Application Instruction
How can I find out more information?
For more details on this course, please contact Shawn Drefs, Program Coordinator, at:
How do I apply?
Please begin the application process for program admission by visiting the FGSR website
For instructions on how to complete the application, please view the following slide show:
Applying to graduate certificate programs
Where applicable, all supporting documents including transcripts, must be mailed directly to the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine:
Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
University of Alberta
3-48 Corbett Hall
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G4
Here are some tips to help you with the on-line registration:
- What department are you applying to? Rehabilitation Medicine
- What program are you applying to? Post-baccalaureate Certificate
- What specialization or study field are you applying to? Sexual Health
- When do you want to start this program (Fall/Winter/Spring) – Please select the term closest to the course offering term you wish to be registered into (e.g. if you are taking a spring course and the only options available are Fall/Winter – select Fall. The faculty can change the term manually once you have submitted your application).
- How do you intend to study? Part-time
What are the requirements?
Eligible students include all health professionals who meet the following University of Alberta Faculty of Graduate Studies & Research (FGSR) requirements:
- Submission of original post-secondary degree transcript (if you have attended several institutions we will require only your MOST RECENT degree program transcript). You can upload a COPY of your original degree transcript to the online application - this will suffice for the initial approval process. Once approved you will still be required to mail a copy of your original degree transcript to the faculty. We can access U of A transcripts if you were a former student here.
- GPA of 3.0 (if you do not meet this requirement please contact the certificate programs coordinator)
- For students whose first language is not English, a TOEFL equivalent to entry level U of A Rehab programs (minimum of 580)
You can begin the online application to this certificate program anytime by visiting the FGSR website
What skills will I gain?
The program provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and attributes necessary to succeed in the emerging field of sexual health. Drawing on theory and the best practices through case studies, simulations, and group projects, participants will critically apply the conceptual, theoretical, and practical frameworks necessary to address the common challenges associated with comprehensive sexual health education. The impact of personal bias will be explored with respect to different cultures, lifestyles, and values.
Upon program completion registrants will be issued a parchment through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research and the use of the letters PgCSHealth (post graduate certificate in sexual health) to designate program completion. Certificate courses may be used as elective credit with the approval of the home institution.
When do the courses begin?
Certificate program courses are offered in a staggered format. All four courses could be completed within approximately 20 months but could also be completed in a three year time frame.
Time is devoted two weeks before the start of the first course in the series for students to familiarize themselves with the eClass system (online learning platform) and to complete any online pre-course materials.
Please contact the certificate programs coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
to obtain information on upcoming course offerings.
Which courses do I need?
This certificate is made up of four 3-credit graduate level courses offered in a fully distanced based format. In order to obtain the certificate registrant’s must complete the following four required courses.
REHAB 543: SEXUAL HEALTH: ISSUES & PERSPECTIVES
OE3 (either term or Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer, 3-0-0). This course will provide the students with an understanding of sexuality from a personal, familial, societal, cultural and ethical perspective. The course will provide an overview of basic anatomy, physiology, psychosocial, lifespan and sexual health issues. The impact of disability and illness on sexual identity and functioning as well as specific sexual dysfunctions will also be covered. This course will present strategies and skills service providers can use when dealing with sexual health issues.
REHAB 544: SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION
OE3 (either term or Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer, 3-0-0).This introductory course will provide students with an understanding of sexual health education philosophy, instructional techniques and an appreciation of the common challenges associated with comprehensive sexual health education. The impact of personal bias will be explored with respect to differing cultures, lifestyles and values. The course will focus on practical implementation of tools and skills for the service professional based on current evidence in the literature. Pre-requisite: REHAB 546
REHAB 545: SEXUALITY: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY
OE3 (either term or Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer, 3-0-0). This course will provide the students with an understanding physical and mental changes associated with an illness, injury or disability as it affects sexual health adjustment. The course will provide an overview of sexuality in terms of basic anatomy, physiology, and sexual health issues as it relates to disability. The impact of disability and illness on sexual identity and functioning as well as specific sexual dysfunctions will also be covered. This course will also provide practical guidelines for dealing with specific sexual health concerns expressed by clients and their partners. Pre-requisite: REHAB 546
REHAB 546: SEX POSITIVITY: IN THEORY & PRACTICE
This course will give students a better understanding of the importance of using a sex-positive approach with clients. The course will explore what shapes an individual's sexual morals, values, and beliefs. The impact of religion, culture, media, and the law on sexuality will be emphasized. This course will help students become more aware of their sexual attitudes and offer strategies to become more effective sexual health practitioners. Pre-requisite: REHAB 543
Who is it for?
This program will be of interest to:
• Allied health professionals
• Nursing professionals
• Aspiring professionals in the field of counselling related to sexual health and well-being
• K-12 educators
• Other health practitioners seeking to broaden and expand their areas of expertise in the field
• Graduate students from rehabilitation medicine, nursing, education, psychology, human ecology