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Health and Social Service

Skill Development

The skills you need to make a difference.

Course Descriptions


Select your course from the list of available options.  Some courses may have a pre-requisite. Contact McMaster Continuing Education for questions related to your eligibility to enrol in a course. 

ADD 201 Introduction to Addiction

This course provides an overview of addiction from a holistic standpoint through the examination of both theory and the continuum of helping interventions currently used in Canada. The course also explores the prevention and treatment continuum in Canada along with providing an introduction to ethical and legal issues an addiction professional will face.

ADD 206 Assessment and Treatment Planning

Using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework, this course provides students with the foundational skills needed to accurately screen and assess addiction and compulsive behavior issues. Students will develop an individualized treatment plan that considers a client’s strengths and unique needs. Students will learn to develop effective clinical documentation and report writing skills.

ADD 207 Human Development in Context: Understanding the Person with Addiction Issues

This course examines the developmental changes across the human lifespan and the reciprocal relationships they have with addiction. There will be a review of personality theories and how the integration of these theoretical perspectives can provide a more holistic understanding of the person with addiction issues. Students will learn about treatment interventions specific to each theory. The assessment and treatment process is explored from a bio-psycho-social-spiritual lens.

ADD 211 Concurrent Disorders

This course prepares students to understand the complexity of mental health disorders and substance use, and the interactional relationships between them. Students will learn the prevalence of concurrent disorders, the importance of screening for both mental health and substance use, and the benefits of treating both concurrently.

BUS 847 Principles & Practices of Supervision (3 Units)

Understand behaviours that lead to effective supervision. Study the concept of Situational Leadership.

Instructors: Patsy Marshall

HRM 821 Organizational Behaviour

Explore human behaviour through influences that affect productivity, efficiency and organizational effectiveness through group work and case material. Case study group project, no final exam. The online course includes 3 synchronous webinars.

Instructors: Heather PollexPaul MaherLisa Gulesserian

HRM 901 Human Resources Management

Using an experiential approach, this course reviews the fundamentals of human resources management. No final exam, individual assignments. Online course includes 2 synchronous webinars.

Instructors: Christine CostaRouzbeh Vatanchi

HRM 902 Training & Development* ^ (3 Units)

Examine the function of training and development, including the psychology of learning, needs assessment, program design and evaluation, and group dynamics. Experiential learning project course, no final exam. The online course includes 3 synchronous webinars.

Instructors: Jill ReinerPaul Maher

HRM 921 Occupational Health & Safety (3 Units)

Explore occupational health and safety. Technical, legislative, political and personnel issues are studied. No final Exam. Individual Assignments. The online course includes 3 synchronous webinars

Instructors: Steve FletcherVal Sarjeant

HRM 941 Wellness in the Workplace (3 Units)

Examine why health promotions make sense as a return on investment for employers and provide insight into the process of designing, managing, and evaluating a program. No Final Exam. Assignments to be completed individually or in pairs. The online course includes 3 synchronous webinars.

Instructors: Beth Lariviere

HTH 100 Understanding the Canadian Healthcare System (3 Units)

This course presents an overview of the Canadian health care system in terms of its history, health care governance and related provincial and federal regulations and legislation. The course will examine how Canada’s healthcare system is organized, regulated, and managed. The course will present the different levels of care found in the health care system, and discuss how information is used and shared within the different levels. Application activities will provide students with the opportunity to analyze the various components of the health care system, and develop an understanding how different professional roles fit within this large and complex system. This course is geared towards individuals with no previous health education, or professional experience within the Canadian health care sector.

Instructors: Diane Edlund

HTH 101 Health Information Management I (3 Units)

The course covers fundamental theories and principles of health information management including data types, data acquisition, data standards, data quality and data uses and users. Learners will develop an appreciation of how data is collected, processed and used in healthcare settings and the role that data plays in decision-making (including an understanding of the complexities involved in transforming data into information and knowledge). The course will introduce learners to the roles and responsibilities of the HIM professional in the storage, use, retention and destruction of health records in both paper and electronic record systems and the central role of health information management in quality assurance and performance improvement, planning and management of resources, risk management, research and education.

HTH 106 Managing Health Privacy & Security (3 Units)

This course is a continuation of the Privacy, Confidentiality and Security course. Explore the various aspects of managing health privacy issues, confidentiality and access to health information. In particular, the course will examine the tools used to manage, control and disclose health information within organizations, taught within the framework of risk management. Engage in activities to highlight the collaborative nature of the roles, responsibilities and professional standards between Health Information Managers and Health Informaticians. Emphasis will be placed on the learner's ability to evaluate, analyze and apply concepts from this course, and the Privacy, Confidentiality and Security course, in order to promote their knowledge and skills at the local, organizational level as well as the overall health care system.

This course will not be offered after Spring 2022.

Prerequisite: HTH 101 Health Information Management I + HTH 104 Privacy Confidentiality & Security
Instructors: Karen Pietrangelo

HTH 107 Organizational Behaviour for the Health Sector (3 Units)

This course provides an overview of the theories, structures and functions found within the various components of a healthcare organization. The course will examine the how business characteristics apply to the healthcare setting, specifically, the management functions of planning, leading, organizing and controlling. Topics to be discussed include planning and decision-making, strategic planning, developing high performance teams, managing operations, leadership, managing innovation and change, organization culture, motivating and rewarding employees, and effective communication. Individual and group exercises and the analysis of case material relevant to the healthcare setting, and specific issues for HIM and HI professionals, will be used to enhance a practical understanding of theoretical concepts.

This course will not be offered after Spring 2022.

Prerequisite: HTH 101 Health Information Management I
Instructors: Lynn Cartan

HTH 110 Health Informatics Data Analysis (3 Units)

The focus of this course involves the study of health data retrieval, analysis and presentation by the Health Informatics professional. Learners will critically examine the role of the Health Informatician to develop, maintain, and retrieve critical data from the information systems commonly found in health care. Issues of the presentation of data, quality assurance, and research will be explored as the Health Informatics professional contributes to, and aids in the facilitation of, the decision-making process.

Instructors: Vidhi Thakkar

HTH 116 Pathophysiology I (3 Units)

This course provides an overview of disease processes and the effect on different body systems. The etiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic tests and therapeutic interventions for various disorders are studied. The course builds on students’ experience with anatomy and physiology.

Instructors: Laera Gattoni

HTH 117 Pathophysiology II (3 Units)

A continuation of the Pathophysiology I course, the course provides an overview of d processes and the effect on different body systems. The etiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic tests and therapeutic interventions for various disorders are studied.

Instructors: Umair Majid

HTH 122 Quality and Performance Evaluation (3 Units)

This course will explore how the principles and practices of health informatics is an integral component of the healthcare system’s quality improvement and performance management. An examination of tools and methodologies will be presented in terms of how to use health technologies to meet organizational goals.

HTH 200 Medical Terminology (3 Units)

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the relevant clinical terminology to work successfully as part of the health care team. By completion of this course, the student will gain the requisite knowledge of medical terminology commonly used in the health care environment. Specific topics of focus include the origins and composition of medical words (roots, prefixes, suffixes, abbreviations) as they relate to major body systems, common disease terms, diagnostic tests and clinical procedures. This course is geared towards individuals with no previous health education, or professional experience within the Canadian health care sector.

Instructors: Elizabeth Belenguer

HTH 300 Anatomy & Physiology (3 Units)

This comprehensive course provides students with an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body. Topics include an overview of the human body in health and disease, Skeletal System, Muscular System, Cardiovascular System, Lymphatic and Immune System, Respiratory System, Digestive System, Urinary System, Nervous System, Special Senses, Integumentary System, Endocrine System, Reproductive System. This course is designed for individuals with limited, or no, educational background in anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Instructors: Elizabeth Belenguer

HTH 400 Foundations in Epidemiology (3 Units)

This course provides an introductory overview of epidemiology concepts in terms of the
distribution and determinants of diseases, health conditions and health issues within specific
populations. Students will focus on foundational concepts within epidemiology in order to build
an understanding of its application within public health and health research.