Applied Research and Analysis for Public Policy - Health and Community Care (Part-time)
- Program Code:
- Health & Life Sciences
About the ProgramThe 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 InformationAll courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.
- Diploma or degree from an accredited college or university
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 58; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- Conestoga offers a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. Students will be eligible for admission to the graduate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Submit proof of admission requirements.
- Applicants will be ranked based on an assessment of their academic background,
How to ApplyStudents 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 www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms
Send completed applications to:
299 Doon Valley Dr
Canada N2G 4M4
How to Register for CoursesGo to How to Register for detailed registration information.
Graduate OpportunitiesFor more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Program Related Resources
- Apply appropriate statistical tools and methodologies to effectively interpret and process information in meaningful ways.
- Develop workable and strategic solutions in response to practical research inquiries.
- Conduct research in a respectful and ethical manner to ensure protection of privacy and maintain dignity to all involved.
- Select strategies for engaging a variety of stakeholders in constructive problem-solving discussions that address practical research problems for healthy communities.
- Communicate research findings effectively using a variety of formats to a variety of stakeholders.
- Use a variety of technology platforms and channels to collect, process, analyze and distribute research information.
- Use qualitative and quantitative analysis methods, intervention evaluation methods and systematic review methodology in conducting research.
- Critically evaluate academic and quasi-academic research literature for its relevance to research projects.
- Assess the potential impact of research results on government policy for healthy communities.
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|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
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