Michener works to address shortages in the health care system with a new Fundamentals of Health Care program

Toronto, ON – Starting September 2023, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN will offer a new program to meet current and anticipated health human resource (HHR) shortages and provide students with the knowledge to fill existing and new jobs in the health care system.

Health care is evolving rapidly, and the industry is facing significant gaps and shortages from an overburdened system. The COVID-19 pandemic has also revealed a number of individuals in our community interested in meaningful jobs in health care — many of whom are internationally educated professionals looking to enter Canada’s vast health care sector. Michener’s Fundamentals of Health Care program gives students the knowledge, skills and competencies to succeed in important and meaningful jobs in the Canadian health care system or to successfully transition to further health programs. This new program is unique: it is almost entirely online, allows students to work at their own pace, but also offers experiential learning opportunities. The knowledge and skills of all students admitted to the program are assessed at entry so students get advanced standing and course credit for things they already know and can do, thus allowing them to accelerate through the program and finish more quickly.

“Keeping up with rapid change in health care requires new options for students, and Michener has a long history of innovative programming to prepare graduates for jobs in health care,” says Dr. Harvey Weingarten, Michener’s Principal. “This program will help fill the current and anticipated serious staffing shortages in our health care system.”

As Canada’s only “school within a hospital” dedicated exclusively to health care education, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN offers programs that are informed by industry research and innovations, giving graduates an advantage. Michener faculty are experienced health care professionals who rely on flexible learning formats for their courses.

“Michener programs give students the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in a range of meaningful and important health care vocations,” says Dr. Kevin Smith, CEO and President of University Health Network. “Michener’s Fundamentals in Health Care program is another example of how UHN is thinking differently to come up with solutions to health human resources challenges.”

For more information about the Fundamentals of Health Care program, including admission requirements, please contact admissions@michener.ca.

About The Michener Institute of Education at UHN

Established in 1958, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN is Canada’s only post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to health sciences education and is home to the only health sciences school within a hospital network in Canada. Michener offers full-time, part-time and continuing education programs in a host of applied health professions leading to a variety of post-secondary credentials including certificates, advanced diplomas and master’s degrees. Michener’s programs are contemporary, responsive and jobs-oriented programs that incorporate the best of didactic learning, simulation, clinical placements and experiential learning. As Ontario’s health human resource planning partner, Michener is publicly funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and further enriched through partnerships with universities, private sector companies and leading health care organizations.

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Christine Davidson, Interim Director, Communications and Marketing
The Michener Institute of Education at UHN