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Work Disability Prevention (Graduate Diploma)

Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Location Online
Start dates September
Length Approximately 20 months, based on part-time study
Program load Part-time
Program format The courses will be delivered online, except for the practicum where students will participate in an internship in work disability prevention and reintegration practice.
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This graduate diploma is offered in collaboration with the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and focuses on the uptake and implementation of new knowledge for practicing professionals working in health-related fields.

General information

Please note: This program is not currently being offered. We will update this page when future applications are available.

The Graduate Diploma in Work Disability Prevention (WDP) is offered in collaboration with Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. The program is primarily designed for highly qualified individuals in established regulated health professions (e.g., chiropractors, kinesiologists, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social workers) currently working in or wishing to work in the WDP field. Health professionals are ideally situated to assist workers and organizations to prevent and resolve work disability issues.

The graduate diploma specifically targets the societal networks and complexities of return to work coordination. It focuses on unique applications of the biopsychosocial model of return to work. Rather than focusing on just the diagnosis, the program also delves into understanding the root causes of disability. It also creates the potential to develop strong relationships with the community and employers to create specific experiential learning opportunities.

The courses will include simulated negotiations, case studies, and specific and field work assignments. Students will take five online courses. All courses will be completed in the fall, winter and spring/summer semesters.

Admission requirements

Please note: This program is not currently being offered. We will update this page when future applications are available.

  • Hold a four-year honours degree or equivalent from a recognized institution in the area of graduate study or a closely related subject.
  • Overall academic standing of at least a B average (GPA: 3.0 on a 4.3 scale) with a minimum B average in the last two full-time years (four semesters) of undergraduate work or equivalent.
  • This program is available to both domestic and international students.
Required supporting documents:

Please see the checklist of required documents for a list of supporting documentation that must be submitted with your application.

Additional requirements:

Applicants planning to pursue study in the area of WDP should have training or experience in a related health field. Students without this training may receive conditional admission and be required to take one or more related course(s). Therefore, a health professional degree such as chiropractic, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing, psychology, master’s degree in social work, or professional registration as a Kinesiologist (or equivalent) is required.

Required test scores for English language proficiency:

See English language proficiency for the minimum required test scores for this program.

Program curriculum

Sample Courses:
  • Coordinating Return to Work
  • Making a Work Disability Diagnosis
  • Occupational Ergonomics and Work Disability Prevention
  • Practicum in Return to Work Management
  • Studies in Work Disability Prevention

See Graduate Academic Calendar for more information.


Applicants to professional or course-based programs are not normally considered for internal funding sources such as entrance scholarships, minimum funding packages, teaching assistantships, research assistantships or graduate research assistantships.

While external scholarships and awards for graduate students who fall under the above criteria are often limited, we encourage you to explore some of the external scholarship databases available for possible funding opportunities.


Tuition fees for graduate programs are charged on a flat-fee or fee-per-credit basis and vary by program and student status.

For current, specific fees and details on flat-fee versus fee-per-credit programs, please see tuition and fees.


For more information:
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Contact the program:

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies:

905.721.8668 ext. 6209