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Our Program. Recognized by industry as one of the country’s leading training grounds for public relations (PR) professionals, Humber’s intensive Public Relations graduate certificate program is focused on preparing you for your first day of work placement and launching your career. Read more
Our Program
Recognized by industry as one of the country’s leading training grounds for public relations (PR) professionals, Humber’s intensive Public Relations graduate certificate program is focused on preparing you for your first day of work placement and launching your career. At Humber, you’ll learn to plan, develop and execute effective public relations strategies for conventional and new media by developing skills in media relations, social and digital media, event planning, presenting and public relations writing. You will work with clients in social media, strategic communications and research. Practical public relations courses in PR theory, marketing communications, public affairs, media relations, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainability and change management will provide you with a valuable introduction to the field. In addition, at the end of the program, you will have the opportunity to put your classroom learning into action with an eight-week work placement at some of the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA’s) – and Canada’s – leading organizations.

Experienced professors help you develop writing skills, public relations strategies, research and planning abilities plus the capability to use social and traditional media. Employers want to hire people who can work on teams, and many assignments allow you to practise your communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

The program’s breadth helps graduates find jobs in public relations agencies, corporations, associations, non-profit organizations and all levels of government.

Our advisory committee regularly reviews and provides input into our curriculum, ensuring our program is always on the cutting edge of industry developments.

Modules

Semester 1
• PRC 5000: Event Planning and Management
• PRC 5001: Public Affairs
• PRC 5002: Public Relations Practice and Theory
• PRC 5003: Social and Digital Media
• PRC 5004: Corporate Public Relations and Investor Relations
• PRC 5006: Strategic Communications
• PRC 5007: Public Relations Writing and Lab 1
• PRC 5008: Marketing Communications

Semester 2
• PRC 5500: Public Relations Writing and Lab 2
• PRC 5501: Public Relations Presentation Skills
• PRC 5503: Communicating CSR and Sustainability
• PRC 5504: Research for Public Relations
• PRC 5505: Media Relations
• PRC 5506: Change Management and Communications
• PRC 5507: Design for Public Relations Practitioners
• PRC 5509: Public Relations in the Workplace
• WORK 5502: Field Placement

Work Placement

Many students choose our program because of our outstanding work placement program. After successfully completing two academic semesters, you will have the opportunity to complete an eight-week, normally unpaid, work placement. This experience will allow you to gain valuable job skills and industry knowledge while building your network. Humber will work with you to find a placement. Historically, students find work placements in PR agencies, corporations, entertainment organizations, not-for-profits including arts organizations, hospitals, associations and government. While many placements are located within the GTA, students also may find placements outside the city, province or country. As part of your pre-work placement preparation, we will provide you with the required criteria.

Your Career

As a PR practitioner, your work will be varied and fast-paced. It may include media relations, internal communications, community relations, government relations/public affairs, investor relations, crisis management, event planning, publicity, marketing communications, consulting and issues management.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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The Public Relations - Corporate Communications (Pickering Learning Site) program is one of the most highly regarded programs in Ontario. Read more
The Public Relations - Corporate Communications (Pickering Learning Site) program is one of the most highly regarded programs in Ontario. It equips you, in just two semesters, to enter an exciting industry. This program's Publication Relations and Corporate Communications courses are delivered through a compressed and blended learning model with in-class study and online assignments.

The faculty members in the program are industry experts who recognize that no two days in this field are alike. As such you:
-Learn to research, write, plan, edit, design and implement everything from strategic communications plans and employee newsletters to gala dinners for hundreds of people
-Come to understand how communications strategies influence employee attitudes, shift stockholders' opinions and tell an organization's story to the media
-Get connected to the public relations industry

If you previously completed a post-secondary education, possess strong writing skills and have the ability to manage various projects at the same time, you may want to consider this School of Communication, Media, Arts and Design undertaking.

Please note:
-This program is offered at the Pickering Learning Site. With direct access to Pickering Town Centre and the GO Train Station, the Pickering Learning Site is a great learning location in a small, intimate setting.
-This program requires you to have and use a mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware and software requirements. For more information, please visit Mobile Learning Programs.

Career Opportunities

Program Highlights
-This Corporate Communications and Public Relations program at the Pickering Learning Site leads the way in social media and PR content.
-The School of Communication, Media, Arts and Design program is close to the heart of Toronto's PR industry.
-You complete a full-time, eight-week field placement in the industry.
-The curriculum highlights learning by doing while emphasizing employability skills and landing a job.

Career Outlook
-Public relations coordinator
-Media relations
-Employee communications
-Web-based communications

Areas of Employment
-Banks
-Municipal governments
-Media
-PR agencies
-Museums
-Trade associations
-Hospitals
-Not-for-profit organizations

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From resolving labour grievances and employment-standard complaints to representing clients in the civil justice system and pursuing no-fault automobile insurance benefits, our well-rounded Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) graduate certificate program benefits employees wanting to be better conflict resolution facilitators, as well as agents representing parties in mediation and arbitration. Read more
From resolving labour grievances and employment-standard complaints to representing clients in the civil justice system and pursuing no-fault automobile insurance benefits, our well-rounded Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) graduate certificate program benefits employees wanting to be better conflict resolution facilitators, as well as agents representing parties in mediation and arbitration.

With a core curriculum spanning insurance law, labour law, family law, commercial law, system design and community mediation, the program uses intensive workshop training to teach the core principles of negotiation, mediation and arbitration. Applying these principles, participants learn to resolve disputes between individuals, businesses, insured and insurers, individuals and government agencies, and within families.

It is an ideal program for recent university graduates wanting to enhance their academic credentials, as well as those currently employed in areas such as law, human resources, health care, education, social work, real estate and insurance.

The program is offered over two semesters (Fall and Winter) and (Winter and Summer), with approximately 18 hours of class time per week over 15 weeks each semester. Students also gain practical experience through a mandatory four-week placement (160 hours) and through the opportunity to apply the theory and skills they’ve learned at the on-campus Dispute Resolution Clinic. The placement component of the program typically takes place in the third semester after completion of the academic portion.

The program is approved by the ADR Institute of Ontario, Inc. (ADRIO). Graduates may wish to gain membership in ADRIO by completing the necessary application form and paying the appropriate fee directly to the institute.

Professional Accreditations

The program is recognized by the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario as meeting the educational requirements for membership. Specific courses and program components may also be accepted for additional recognition toward industry certification(s).

Additional requirements may apply.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
• Complete all work in a manner consistent with professional ethics and practice, mediation process and skills, a respect for self, others, and relevant law and legislation.
• Recognize and analyze conflict situations.
• Select and apply appropriate conflict resolution and negotiation skills and techniques to enable parties to prevent and/or resolve conflicts.
• Create and implement personal and professional development plans to achieve ongoing competence in the practice of mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution professional practice.
• Analyze and produce documents required in the practice of mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution.
• Collaborate with colleagues, clients, and community to enhance professional working relationships.
• Apply knowledge of specialized substantive and procedural laws as they relate to mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution.
• Use management and administration skills in mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution practice.
• Conduct interviews to gather, screen, and disseminate information required in mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution situations.
• Explain the process, principles, techniques and significance of mediation and/or alternative dispute resolution and how they apply to family disputes.

Modules

Semester 1

• ADR 5000: Introduction to ADR: Mediation, Negotiation, Arbitration
• ADR 5001: ADR Mechanisms within the Court Process
• ADR 5002: Administrative Tribunals: Practice
• ADR 5003: Ethical Issues in ADR
• ADR 5004: Advocacy Skills for ADR Professionals
• ADR 5005: Community Mediation

Semester 2

• ADR 5006: Advanced Negotiation and Mediation: Case Analysis
• ADR 5007: The ADR Entrepreneur: Process Design
• ADR 5008: Commercial Dispute Resolution and Contracts
• ADR 5009: Employment and Labour Dispute Resolution
• ADR 5100: Family Mediation
• ADR 5110: General Insurance Mediation
• ADR 5120: Alternative Dispute Resolution Placement

Your Career

Upon completing the program, graduates may find employment as a dispute resolution officer, conflict resolution facilitator, labour organizer, community outreach co-ordinator, conciliator, employee relations officer, employment equity officer, labour relations officer and union representative. They may also work independently as ADR consultants.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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Humber’s Public Administration graduate certificate program is the first of its kind in Canada and provides all of the knowledge, skills and experience graduates need to become successful public service employees. Read more
Humber’s Public Administration graduate certificate program is the first of its kind in Canada and provides all of the knowledge, skills and experience graduates need to become successful public service employees. Designed and taught by public administration professionals, this program is your key to succeeding quickly in a public sector job. You will receive advanced training in communications, policy analysis, project management, information technology, public finance, governance, leadership and human resources management. Experienced faculty, most of whom currently work in the public sector, will guide you through the core of the curriculum, with guest speakers addressing specific topical issues. As well, Humber is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration. The practical, skills-based curriculum provides the foundation for long-term career success by exposing you to the primary public administration activities and by providing networking opportunities with civil servants from across the public sector.

Course detail

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

• Describe the machinery of government in Canada, including the roles and responsibilities of executives, legislatures and the judiciary, as well as the relationships between all levels of government.
• Define ethics and values which are key to public administration and explain how they apply at all levels of public administration.
• Explore and compare public administration practices found in industrialized countries, especially member states of the European Union and the United States.
• Discuss current issues affecting Canadian public administration and examine how those issues are managed from a public management perspective.
• Discuss key elements of strategic planning processes and examine how these apply to public administration.
• Understand and relate to governments from two perspectives: as business entities with strategic plans, budgets, and core businesses; and as organizations composed of complex human behaviour.
• Explain key economic and finance concepts such as externalities, public and private goods, deficit financing, debt repayment, and fiscal federalism.
• Demonstrate how governments plan, manage and report on the collection and expenditure of public funds.
• Discuss information technology and software applications used in public administration as well as current information technology issues faced by public sector IT managers.
• Prepare and manage human resources in public administration, including the preparation of HR plans, recruitment and selection processes, supervisory skills, negotiating skills and conflict resolution skills.
• Describe the role that communications plays in the public sector and work with stakeholders and partners to meet the information needs of the public, the media, political staff and the bureaucracy.
• Examine how governments develop, implement and evaluate programs in general and learn how to use specific research and analysis tools to contribute to that process in particular.
• Identify the methodological and conceptual issues associated with evaluating and maintaining quality services in the public sector.
• Identify the skills and knowledge required by project managers and project management teams in the public sector.
• Understand and fulfill leadership responsibilities in the public sector by assessing individual leadership traits and behaviours and apply this understanding to the broader theories and concepts of leadership.
• Understand, contribute to, and manage partnerships in the public sector, broadly defined.

Modules

Semester 1
• HRM 5510: Human Resources and the Learning Organization
• PPA 5000: Machinery of Government
• PPA 5002: Current Issues in Public Administration
• PPA 5003: Orientation to Government and the Public Sector
• PPA 5004: Information Technology in Public Administration
• PPA 5505: Project Management

Semester 2
• FIN 5501: Public Sector Finance
• PPA 5007: Municipal Government in Canada
• PPA 5500: International Trends in Public Administration
• PPA 5503: Communications in Public Administration
• PPA 5504: Public Policy Research and Analysis
• PPA 5506: Managing Partnerships and Relationships

Semester 3
• PPA 5005: Overview of Strategic Planning
• PPA 5006: Service Quality in Public Administration
• PPA 5008: Leadership Development
• WORK 5009: Research Project in Public Administration
• WORK 5011: Career Orientation and Speaker Series

Work Placement

You will gain on-the-job work experience with an eight-week (minimum) work placement within the public sector. With faculty support, you will find placements with an appropriate organization. The foundation for the work placement is established over the winter semester.

Your Career

The federal government is the largest single employer in Canada. The provincial governments are a close second, and municipal governments employ hundreds of thousands across the country. The 3.2 million people in the public sector account for almost 20 per cent of all employment. And public sector employees tend to earn higher than average salaries with excellent benefits and working conditions. Shifting demographic factors are rapidly increasing governments’ and public sector agencies’ need for talented people with a broad range of public administration skills and knowledge – and the desire to make a difference – to continue the important work of the public service. Find exceptional career opportunities in positions such as policy analyst, communications officer and program officer.

Federal government employers include Service Canada, and Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Provincial government employers include the Ministry of Community and Social Services, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

How to apply

Click here to apply: http://humber.ca/admissions/how-apply.html

Funding

For information on funding, please use the following link: http://humber.ca/admissions/financial-aid.html

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*Please note. The Professional Communication and Management Graduate Diploma (GDip) Program is not accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year.*. Read more
*Please note: The Professional Communication and Management Graduate Diploma (GDip) Program is not accepting applications for the 2017-18 academic year.*

The Graduate Diploma (GDip) in Professional Communication and Management is a two term (8 month) course-based diploma program designed to enhance the professional skills of BA and BSc graduates, and to develop creative and visionary leaders.

Professional knowledge and skills are developed through coursework to serve students from all academic disciplines in a multidisciplinary context. The Diploma curriculum bridges the divide between any discipline (e.g. arts, humanities, social science, health sciences, science or engineering) and its application to the private, public and non-profit sectors, providing the management and communication skills needed to build successful careers. This program complements discipline-specific training students received in their undergraduate degree to gain a competitive career advantage.

Visit the website: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=247

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/applying/index.html

Financing your studies

As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. It is crucial that you devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.
For information please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/index.html

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Western's Masters of Public Administration (MPA) is designed for mid-career local government administrators who wish to further their public management skills, as well as for future professionals looking to enter the field. Read more
Western's Masters of Public Administration (MPA) is designed for mid-career local government administrators who wish to further their public management skills, as well as for future professionals looking to enter the field. The MPA is Canada’s only public administration program with a local focus. MPA courses offer specialized education in local administration and policy analysis, thoroughly preparing students for the challenges of modern community, urban and regional governance and administration.

Visit the website: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=131

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/applying/index.html

Financing your studies

As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. It is crucial that you devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.
For information please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/index.html

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The Master of Public Health Program features real public health issues as the foundation of students' learning, immersing participants in some of the most significant and complex public health crises that our country and globe have experienced. Read more
The Master of Public Health Program features real public health issues as the foundation of students' learning, immersing participants in some of the most significant and complex public health crises that our country and globe have experienced. Our MPH Program offers a unique intersection between leadership, policy and sustainability. During this 12-month, case-based/experiential learning Program, students will have the opportunity to apply their previous work and health-related experience to discuss a wide-range of views and practices while gaining the knowledge and skills to lead in an ever-changing and increasingly challenging public health landscape.

The case method of learning is not about the traditional lecture-style classroom setting: it is about the student being an active part of the learning experience; that means learning by doing. It introduces complex and often ambiguous real-world scenarios into the classroom, forcing students to think and make decisions often with incomplete and inaccurate data. This prepares graduates for the dynamic conditions they'll encounter in their careers.

Visit the website: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/programs/program_NEW.cfm?p=114

Special features of the MPH Program include:

• 12-week practicum
• Small cohort with no more than 60 students
• Accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
• Faculty members from Health Science, Law, Science, Social Science and Brescia University College Strategic Alliance with the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) – fast track to earn your designation as a Certified Health Executive

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/prospective_students/applying/index.html

Financing your studies

As one of Canada's leading research institutions, we place great importance on helping you finance your education. It is crucial that you devote your full energy to the successful completion of your studies, so we want to ensure that stable funding is available to you.
For information please see: http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/student_finances/index.html

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