Applied Research and Analysis for Public Policy - Health and Community Care

Certificate | Code: 1409

About the program

The 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 information

All courses must be completed within 3 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • 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.

Admission procedures

  • Submit proof of admission requirements.
  • Applicants will be ranked based on an assessment of their academic background,

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • 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.

Program related resources

Program contact

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Upcoming Registrations

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Fall Registration: July 8, 2019
Winter Registration: November 4, 2019