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Lead the Transformation?

Health care in BC is undergoing a fundamental transformation — one that will see primary health care move from an ad hoc delivery model, to one that delivers consistent, accessible care by interprofessional, collaborative teams.

The UBC Graduate Certificate in Primary Health Care is a part-time, mostly online program that supports and prepares health care professionals for this transformation.

Learn the skills essential to an effective interprofessional team

Gain the skills and know-how to deliver health care as a member of a collaborative, multidisciplinary team. Understand the primary health care environment, and leadership and collaboration on interprofessional teams in a variety of health care contexts.

Engage with peers on true-to-life teams

Progress through five interactive courses over 12 months with a cohort of your peers from a wide range of disciplines. Build a community of practice as you develop your professional networks.

Earn a graduate certificate from the UBC Faculty of Medicine

Taught by senior faculty and practitioners, the program was designed with input from an interprofessional advisory committee, senior UBC faculty and industry leaders.

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The Program

Interactive Delivery

Learn part-time, primarily online

Classes are delivered primarily online, with two in-person intensives scheduled towards the end of the 12-month program. Practise and apply what you learn in your workplace, and bring your experiences back to class.


Five courses, 12 credits, 150 hours of instruction

Begin with an understanding of foundational concepts of primary health care, including policy, leadership and the dynamics of team-based care. Develop the skills to address communication, conflict and ethics. Apply these concepts in hands-on, in-depth project work.

Learn with Peers

Designed for working health care practitioners

Our program was designed for BC-based licensed or registered practitioners working in primary health care, or seeking to implement primary health care in their organization. Expect a diverse group of experienced professionals in your cohort.

Primary Health Care in Perspective

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The shift to team-based primary health care in BC

The concept of team-based primary health care has been around for decades. Here in BC, the Provincial Government is embracing this model of care. Find out what this shift means for patients and our health care system, and access a list of resources.