Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

Graduate-Level Courses

Fall 2017
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    Health professionals may apply to take graduate-level courses In the Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing through the Centre for Professional Development. All courses are a semester in length (approximately 10-12 weeks); and may be offered in class or online.

    Professional development registrants in graduate level classes are expected to fully participate in the course, complete a minimum of 50% of the course assignments and will receive feedback.  Upon successful completion of the course, registrants will receive a Certificate of Completion. University credits are not granted and the courses cannot be used towards the completion of a graduate degree at the University of Toronto.

    All in class courses classes are held on the St. George campus. Access to courses is subject to available space in the class.

    Prior to registration a representative of the Centre for Professional Development will discuss the course requirements with applicants to ensure that the course will meet the applicants learning needs.

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    Normally applicants must have a minimum of a BScN. Applicants with other baccalaureate preparation will be considered.


    $1,500 + HST per course

    Refund Policy – If you want to withdraw from the course a refund (less a $100.00 + tax administration fee) will be given if your request is received in writing before the second class. After the second class, no refunds will be given. Send your request to

  • Winter 2017 Courses

    Prior to registration a representative of the Centre for Professional Development will discuss the course requirements with applicants to ensure that the course will meet the applicants learning needs.

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    Classes start the week of January 9, 2017.

    In Class Courses

    All in class courses classes are held on the St. George campus. Classes meet once a week. The day and time are included with the class description.

    History of Ideas in Nursing Practice

    Online course

    Critically explore the discourse of nursing through the examination and interpretation of both historical and contemporary portrayals of nursing practice in light of shifting and prevailing intellectual ideas, socio-cultural and/or historical circumstances. An emphasis will be placed on both the continuities and changes in nursing practice and thinking through time. The course will help students to articulate the practice of nursing and its intellectual history, as well as the distinctive and complementary contributions of nurses to health care and society.

    Introduction to Qualitative Research

    Online course

    Qualitative inquiry is increasingly prevalent in health research. This introduction to qualitative methodologies will acquaint students with the diversity, creativity and potential contributions of these approaches. The course will address the philosophical foundations of qualitative methodologies and will equip students to read and appraise research originating from various traditions of qualitative inquiry.

    Program Planning and Evaluation

    Online course

    Develop an understanding and critical analysis of theoretical, research, and practical issues associated with the process of planning, delivering and evaluating programs to address the needs of individuals or groups of clients/patients and/or health care providers. Examine this process, and discuss the challenges and strategies for delivering and monitoring the implementation of programs in a variety of settings, and for evaluating program outcomes.

    Interventions to Enhance Health Abilities and Well Being

    In Class Course (Tuesday 9-12)

    Examine theories and research about older people’s health problems, their levels of function, their interests and quality of life. Critique and apply findings from studies of interventions and nurses and others that are effective in assisting older people to retain abilities, to manage deficits associated with aging and disease, and to enhance their well-being. Special attention is paid to caring for older people with cognitive impairments.

    Recovery Oriented Mental health Systems of Care

    In Class Course (Tuesday 4-7)

    In the field of mental health and addictions there has been a recent recognition of the importance of explicitly including a focus upon recovery into theories and practices regarding the delivery of care. This focus includes empowerment of consumers and family members, attention to their subjective experiences, and the use of person-centred and strength-based approaches to clinical practice, research and policy. This course will examine current and best practice approaches to treating various populations with a special emphasis on those with severe and persistent mental illness. It will also examine programmatic, policy and research applications of the recovery focused paradigm. (2 hours/week)

    Social Determinants of Health in a Global Context

    In Class Course (Tuesday 9-12)

    This course defines health inequalities as unfair and avoidable differences in health and applies a social determinants of health (SDOH) framework to address two related central questions. First, what are the social conditions that are responsible for health inequalities? Second, how are social inequalities in health generated and reproduced over time and place? By examining which SDOH produce health inequalities and how social relations affect the distribution of SDOH, this course aims to develop a more critical understanding of why some people and populations are healthier than others. Moreover, the scope of this course’s context will include both North America as well as global and comparative contexts. Students will learn key health inequality concepts and methods, be exposed to the state of the art literature on SDOH, and will develop a critical perspective on structured forms of inequality that create sadvantaged and disadvantaged groups.

    Nursing Ethics

    In Class Course (Thursday 1-4)

    Nurses encounter ethical concerns and dilemmas in all facets of their professional lives. This course will focus on critically examining these concerns and dilemmas through the lens of ethical theory. Although the course will survey a number of theoretical approaches, it will focus on feminist health care ethics in order to capture the interface of ethics and politics. A number of substantive issues will be examined including those pertaining to nurse-patient relationships, the moral agency of nurses, the beginning and end of life, health policy, public health, and globalization. Throughout, the course will make visible the recurrent themes of power, nursing competence, and the importance of human connectedness and difference in nursing ethics.

    Healthcare Administration and Leadership for Nurses


    This course introduces students to fundamental concepts necessary to engage in evidence informed leadership and administrative practice in health services through the exploration of relevant theoretical and empirical literature. Our hope is to engage future nurse leaders in a sampling of the full range of administration and leadership roles and skills, from the conceptual to hands-on practice in skills such as managing scheduling and budgets. The course utilizes asynchronous and synchronous education delivery approaches, including facilitated online learning activities and a one-week, in-class residency on campus.

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