Life Long Learning: Continuing Education and Professional Development at IHPME

The Institute of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation (IHPME) is primed to support our students, alumni and interested professionals through the entire life cycle of their careers.

Healthcare is changing rapidly.

Already, health systems are beginning to require a workforce flexible enough to adapt to new technologies and clinical complexities; and leaders that require new sets of competencies to articulate change, advocate, and manage complex systems integration.

We are committed to teaching and supporting our current students, alumni and interested professionals through the entire life cycle of their careers.

Let us help you grow your career and secure your future with world class continuing education to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.

Continuing Education and Professional Development Programs


For busy healthcare leaders and professionals, IHPME’s continuing education and professional development programs offer unique scholarship opportunities delivered by expert faculty in a variety of fields.

Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Health Certificate

May to July 2021

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This certificate program will prepare learners to apply innovations in AI for health. Learners will gain an understanding of fundamental concepts of AI, current applications and emerging trends of AI for health, and a practical understanding of how to implement AI for health. The differentiation of this certificate program from other AI certificate programs is that it will be specific to health applications and will focus on how to implement AI innovations to improve the health of patients and other consumers. That is, it will not cover in depth AI material taught traditionally in Engineering or Computer Science. Instructors will be those with real-life experience in applying AI for health.

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Masterclass in Sustainable Healthcare

Spring 2021

Climate change is recognized as the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century (Lancet, 2018; WHO, 2015; UCL/Lancet Commission, May 2009). Canada’s health care system is a large, resource-intensive sector of the Canadian economy; it is responsible for at least 4.6% of greenhouse gases and 5.1% of carbon dioxide emissions annually (Eckelman, 2018; Pichler, 2019), and ranks second in per capita health system emissions globally (Lancet, 2020). While the sector dedicated to extending and improving our quality of life is a significant contributor to a phenomenon putting human health at risk, there are many opportunities for the health sector to develop and implement sustainability interventions that protect, promote, and prioritize health.

The Masterclass in Sustainable Health Systems is a professional education program for frontline staff, administrators and leaders within care delivery, professional, and support organizations with an interest in high quality, low carbon care. This year, the program is being offered online by the University of Toronto’s Centre for Sustainable Health Systems in partnership with Dalhousie’s Healthy Populations Institute.

Through self-directed online learning and weekly Zoom meetings, participants will gain knowledge, develop skills, and forge collaborations that will help them advocate for and participate in a bottom-up and top-down shift toward a more environmentally sustainable health system. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course.

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Continuing education and professional development programs do not count towards a graduate degree, but may contribute to credits from the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. See individual programs for details.

Leading Transformation: Building Adaptive Capacity

The goal of this program is to facilitate the building of adaptive capacity within healthcare systems by deepening the practice of developing both ourselves and others intentionally, mindfully and creatively.

  • Module 1: October 8 – October 9, 2019 (Tuesday/Wednesday)
  • Module 2: November 7 – November 8, 2019 (Thursday/Friday)

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Honing Your Dialogue Skills with Crucial Conversations®

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Dialogue is a critical leadership competency. The ability to elicit and appreciate a variety of perspectives allows leaders leverage the intelligence of the group when addressing adaptive challenges for which there are no technical fixes.  Effective dialogue requires active listening, awareness of one’s inner process, respect for differing points of view, tolerance of ambiguity, speaking from the heart.  The goal of this course is to enhance participants’ dialogue and engagement capabilities to create and sustain meaningful change.

Immunity to Change™

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Adaptive challenges require the creation of new knowledge and the development of new capacities in individuals, teams and organizations.  This course equips participants to identify and address those personal and collective changes that have proven resistant to thoughtful plans and heartfelt intentions using Kegan and Lahey’s Immunity to Change Model.

Mindful Leadership

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The practice of adaptive leadership requires the development of a new and enhanced ability to see, effectively analyze, and strategically intervene. This course further develops participants’ capability to reflect in action and intervene thoughtfully using mindfulness techniques.