Core Competencies for Graduates in Health Studies

  1. Ability to effectively communicate to both health care professionals and the public
  • Verbally and in written form
  • Making effective use of presentation skills


  1. Development of skills to work in teams with the general public, the health care and social service sectors, academia, government and business
  • Being able to work collaboratively
  • Forming, developing and leading a team
  • Showing ability to adapt to new situations—different work environments, different/new health care issues


  1. Demonstrate critical thinking abilities
  • Understanding and using existing decision-support tools
  • Developing life-long learning skills
  • Formulating appropriate questions and hypotheses


  1. Effectively retrieve, document, analyze and understand the results of qualitative and quantitative research studies in health areas
  • Having skills in gathering and searching information from libraries, reports, media, internet and personal contacts
  • Being able to critically appraise resources such as the credibility of source material


  1. Understand the social and political contexts of health care
  • Knowing the difference between population health and illness and how health policy, health management and health informatics support each other
  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of key health issues
  • Recognizing key Health Management issues at the system, organization, and individual level
  • Understanding challenges in Health Informatics at the administrative, clinical, health research and education levels from the perspective of improving the Canadian health system

Analyzing the factors that influence Health Policy decision-making and implementation from a micro (organization of interests), meso (institutional - governmental and non-governmental) and macro (cultural and dominant ideas) perspective