Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care (GCPHC)

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Health care in BC is undergoing a fundamental transformation — one that will see primary health care move from an ad hoc delivery model, to one that delivers consistent, accessible care by interprofessional, collaborative teams.

The UBC Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care is a part-time, mostly online program that supports and prepares health care professionals for this transformation.

Learn the skills essential to an effective interprofessional team

Gain the skills and know-how to deliver health care as a member of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team. Understand the primary health care environment, and leadership and collaboration on interprofessional teams in a variety of health care contexts.

Engage with peers on true-to-life teams

Progress through five interactive courses over 12 months with a cohort of your peers from a wide range of disciplines. Build a community of practice as you develop your professional networks.

Earn a graduate certificate from the UBC Faculty of Medicine

Taught by senior faculty and practitioners, the program was designed with input from an interprofessional advisory committee, senior UBC faculty and industry leaders.

This certificate is aimed at a wide range of practicing health care professionals, including audiologists, midwives, nurses, occupational therapists, pharmacists, family physicians, physical therapists, social workers and speech language pathologists as well as administrators/managers of primary health care practices. The certificate will be of interest to those who are attracted to cutting edge thinking and practice in interprofessional, collaborative, team-based care in the primary care setting.

What makes the program unique?

  • Participants who complete the five courses will receive specialized training, and develop understanding and the skills to deliver interprofessional team-based healthcare in a complex environment.
  • Learners will build their skills in effective team participation, leadership, and navigating complex health system which includes interprofessional collaboration, cultural and ethical issues, chronic disease management, and health delivery management.
  • Participants learn to work in complex interprofessional teams, build and support an effective team, and create an environment where each team member contributes to high quality patient-centered care.

Program Structure

  • PRHC 501: Foundations in Primary Health Care I (3 credits)
  • PRHC 503: Foundations in Primary Health Care II (3 credits)
  • PRHC 505: Integrating the Principles of Collaborative Team-Based Primary Health Care into Practice (3 credits)
  • PRHC 507: Primary Health Care in Rural and Remote Communities (1.5 credits)
  • PRHC 509: Special Topics in Primary Health Care (1.5 credits)

Quick Facts

Mode of delivery
On campus / Online combination
Program Components
Coursework only

Program Enquiries

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Prior Degree Requirements

Any health care professional or administrator with a related undergraduate degree is eligible to apply.

Geographic Restrictions

Applicants for admission must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Program Enquiries
If you have reviewed the information on this program page and understand the requirements for this program, you may send an enquiry

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