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Work Disability Prevention (Graduate Diploma)

Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Location Online
Start dates September
Length Approximately 21 months, based on part-time study
Program load Part-time
Program format The courses will be delivered online, except for the practicum where students will participate in an internship in work disability prevention and reintegration practice.
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This graduate diploma is offered in collaboration with the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and focuses on the uptake and implementation of new knowledge for practicing professionals working in health-related fields.

General information

The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in collaboration with the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) are offering a new graduate diploma in Work Disability Prevention (WDP). This graduate diploma focuses on the uptake and implementation of new knowledge for practicing professionals working in health-related fields. It affords the opportunity to extend their education, while remaining engaged in their core discipline. The program will provide graduates with a competitive edge in our knowledge-based global economy.

The graduate diploma specifically targets the societal networks and complexities of return to work coordination. It focuses on unique applications of the biopsychosocial model of return to work. Rather than focusing on just the diagnosis, the program also delves into understanding the root causes of disability. It also creates the potential to develop strong relationships with the community and employers to create specific experiential learning opportunities.

Students will take five online courses. All courses will be completed in the Fall, Winter and Spring/Summer semesters.

Admission requirements

  • Hold a four-year honours degree or equivalent from a recognized institution in the area of graduate study or a closely related subject.
  • Overall academic standing of at least a B average (GPA: 3.0 on a 4.3 scale) with a minimum B average in the last two full-time years (four semesters) of undergraduate work or equivalent.
Required supporting documents:

Please see the checklist of required documents for a list of supporting documentation that must be submitted with your application.

Additional requirements:

Applicants planning to pursue study in the area of WDP should have training or experience in a related health field. Students without this training may receive conditional admission and be required to take one or more related course(s). Therefore, a health professional degree such as chiropractic, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nurses, psychology, a master’s degree in social work, a Registered Kinesiologist or equivalent is required.

Required test scores for English language proficiency:
  TOEFL (Internet-based) TOEFL
Minimum requirement


(Minimum sub-scores: Listening: 20; Reading: 20; Speaking: 19; and Writing: 20)





(with no sub-score below 60)

* UOIT Graduate Studies only accepts IELTS scores in the Academic testing format. Scores from the IELTS General Training format will not be accepted. 

Applicants must arrange for original test scores to be sent directly from the testing centre to the Office of Graduate Studies.

TOEFL Code: 7178

Note: The computer-based TOEFL test has been replaced by the Internet-based TOEFL test.

Application deadlines

Please see application deadlines for specific dates. Note that the application deadlines listed are for both the online application and all supporting documentation.

How to apply

Applications for admission to all graduate studies programs are submitted online. There are five steps you must go through to complete the application process. See application process and requirements for step-by-step instructions.

Program curriculum

  • Studies in Work Disability Prevention
  • Making a Work Disability Diagnosis
  • Coordinating Return to Work
  • Occupational Ergonomics and Work Disability Prevention
  • Practicum in Return to Work Management


Applicants to professional or course-based programs are not normally considered for internal funding sources such as entrance scholarships, minimum funding packages, teaching assistantships, research assistantships or graduate research assistantships.

While external scholarships and awards for graduate students who fall under the above criteria are often limited, we encourage you to explore some of the external scholarship databases available for possible funding opportunities.


Tuition fees for graduate programs at UOIT are charged on a flat-fee or fee-per-credit basis and vary by program and student status.

For current, specific fees and details on flat-fee versus fee-per-credit programs, please see tuition and fees.


Contact the program:

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact the Office of Graduate Studies:

905.721.8668 ext. 6209

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