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Applied Research and Analysis for Public Policy - Health and Community Care (Part-time)

Program Code:
Health & Life Sciences

About the Program

The Applied Research and Analysis for Public Policy - Health and Community Care, College Certificate serves those who find themselves working in or desiring to work with the responsibility to apply effective research methods, analyze and interpret results, communicate evidence-based recommendations and translate evidence into policy and legislation. Students learn how to use technology to effectively expedite their work. Research analysts can be found in a wide variety of industries and sectors and in both the private and the public sector. However, this program is unique as it applies research methods and analysis through the lens of public policy and programming to support healthy populations and communities.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission Requirements

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Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

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Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

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Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
OLRN8140 Statistics for Health Care Professionals
Description: This course will provide an overview of the techniques used to collect, analyze, and report quantitative and qualitative health care data. Students will be required to use research and critical thinking skills to interpret and present data. Students will be able to apply statistical analysis to support decision-making for strategic, organizational and quality improvement.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
RSCH1010 Using Research Methods and Technology Applications
Description: How does applied research influence Canadian health care policy and practices? What is the role of quantitative and qualitative research methods in creating healthy communities? How does technology support research processes? In this course, students will develop answers to these three important questions. Students will use administrative data sets to analyze service utilization, access, resource allocation, and population health status. In addition, students will analyze various research approaches as mechanisms to validate findings. This course will also extend students' theoretical understanding of quantitative and qualitative research designs and the strengths and weaknesses of those methods by providing specific guidance on issues (such as consent, privacy and confidentiality) which are particularly germane to the type of research being conducted. Finally, the course will provide an overview of computer-based tools that allow students to conduct, report and summarize quantitative and qualitative research evidence from an applied perspective so that the trustworthiness of their findings can be measured using a range of methodological strategies.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
RSCH1020 Research Design Fundamentals
Description: In this course, students will address the fundamental question that every research analyst must face at the beginning of a project: “How will I design my research?” Students will examine the logic behind the critical decisions made when designing a research process and how these decisions align with overall project characteristics so that they are methodologically justifiable. To enable informed decisions, students will discuss the key factors that decisively shape the characteristics of the intended research. Students will also review the basic characteristics of different methodologies, methods and techniques that can be applied to the various steps of any research process. Finally, students will develop basic competencies through the study of various methods, techniques, and relevant examples.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
RSCH1030 Effective Public Policy Research and Development for Healthy Communities
Description: Public policy proposals for healthy populations recognize that levers for improving population health can often be found outside of health care itself and that there is a shared social responsibility across all private and public sectors to “act upstream” to ensure outcomes favourable to health. This course compares theories and models of public policy research and development.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3


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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Debbie Richardson,, (519) 748-5220 ext. 2488

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