Learn about Indigenous Health Administration and Leadership Program (IHALP)

Is this Program For Me?

The certificate program is designed for people with a passion for making a difference in the health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, whether in a remote, rural or urban setting. This program benefits:

  • both those with extensive experience in Indigenous health work and those at the beginning of their journey
  • people interested in a career in Indigenous health programming, administration and leadership
  • First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, and non-Indigenous allies with experience working with or for Indigenous peoples
  • Those interested in working in First Nation Health Centres, Friendship Centres, Health Authorities (Indigenous programming), Métis health programs, and Indigenous non-profit organizations in BC, Yukon and across Canada

Why is this Program Important?

This certificate program is designed to support Indigenous organizations and communities to build strength-based, holistic programming that promotes health and wellbeing. Indigenous communities have their own measures for success and unique cultural and geographical needs. Graduates of this program build and enhance their ability to design, lead, and deliver health programming.

What Will I Learn? 

The UBC Certificate in Indigenous Health Administration and Leadership offers fundamental skills in Indigenous community health administration, including:

  • communication and leadership skills
  • human resources, planning and financial management
  • tools and approaches to evaluating Indigenous health programs, develop effective policies and use relevant research
  • information management in Indigenous health and community administration
  • integrating Indigenous perspectives, teachings and traditional healing into health programming.

While in the program, you have opportunities to build relationships and networks that will support you and enhance your work.

How will this Program Support my Career?

This program will enhance your employability by providing you with current knowledge in Indigenous health and wellness administration and leadership. This is a highly desirable skill set as health organizations seek to address systemic racism and provide culturally safe services for Indigenous peoples. This program will help you build relationships and networks that will support you and enhance your work. If you are new to Indigenous health work, this program will aid you in finding meaningful employment.

In a 2020 survey, 88% of graduates reported that they found employment in the health field, moved into more desirable roles, or that the program added value to their existing role.

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