Accelerated Certificate in Plain Language for Patient /Public Health Communication

Course Information

Course Code


Instruction Method



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4 weeks


Tina Papadakos & Janet Papadakos

Learner Outcomes

By the end of this certificate students should be able to:

  • understand what is plain language in a health care environment
  • recognize the value and importance of plain language for patients and caregivers
  • create and edit using plain language principles and tools
  • critique and edit other practice projects


Evaluation Method

An assignment with participation in a group discussion, a reflective exercise and submission of a final project.

Intended For

This certificate is intended for healthcare professionals who are providing information/communication to patients and caregivers.

Text Book

Materials provided



Certificate Program

Patients and clients are inundated with information, instructions and directions usually at stressful moments in their life and it is important that their understanding and interpretation of that information is clear, concise and correct. In partnership with the Princess Margaret Cancer Program this unique Accelerated Plain Language Certificate program was developed specific to healthcare complexities. It has an online component followed by a final project with coaching, editing and peer contributions, resulting in a completed product in Plain Language.

Topics Covered

This course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to plain language
  • How to plain language edit
  • Plain language practice

APLC110 – Accelerated Certificate in Plain Language for Patient/Public Health Communication


CodeCourse TitleFormatTuitionDate(s)Register ByAvailability
APLC110-800Online$799.00Sep-05-2017 to Sep-29-2017Aug-28-2017Open