Certificate in Plain Language for Patient/Public Health Communication

Course Information

Course Code


Instruction Method



Domestic: $673, International: $875


6 weeks


Tina Papadakos & Janet Papadakos

Learner Outcomes

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 Certificate in Plain Language was developed specific to healthcare complexities. It has an online component followed by a final project with coaching, editing and peer contributions.

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

After finishing successfully you will receive a Certificate of Completion.


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.

UHN staff interested must contact the registration desk (416-596-3117) to receive the employee discount.

Text Book

Materials provided



Topics Covered

This course covers the following topics:

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

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

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COVID Vaccine Requirement:

Proof of full vaccination (2 doses) for all learners is required for all onsite attendance at Michener.
Fully online courses do not require proof of vaccination.

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