Indigenous Community Health Worker Program

The Indigenous Community Health Worker Diploma will provide top-quality education in community health combined with education in Indigenous culture and healing practices.

Program Details

Graduates will have a deep understanding of the unique health challenges in Indigenous communities, and of the historical causes impacting the social determinants of health of Indigenous peoples, including colonization and intergenerational trauma. The program, the first of its kind in Alberta, will help meet the growing and largely unmet need for healthcare workers who can provide culturally appropriate, culturally safe healthcare services to Indigenous peoples and communities in Alberta. 

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are required to have completed either English 30-1 with at least 55%, or English 30-2 with at least 65%. 
  • Applicants may also enter through Mature Status defined as follows: (i) Minimum age of twenty-one; (ii) Successful complete of a skills appraisal test in Math and English. Applicants may also enter with special permission from the Department Head of Social Work. 
  • Complete a General YTC Application form, and submit the non-refundable $75 application fee. 
  • All applicants must complete and submit an Indigenous Community Health Worker Package, which can be printed from the YTC website or picked up at YTC. 

Courses Offered in the Indigenous Community Health Worker Program

  1. Interpersonal Communication and Basic Counselling Skills
  2. English Writing Skills
  3. Infectious, Chronic and Contagious Diseases
  4. Medical, Social and Economic Determinants of Health Affecting Indigenous People and Communities. 
  5. Addictive Pharmaceutical and Psychotropic Drugs
  6. Healing through Indigenous Ceremonies
  7. Impacts of Intergenerational Trauma and Colonization
  8. Family Life Cycle
  9. Field Practicum I
  10. Nutrition
  11. Health and Traditional Medicines
  12. Health through Community Development
  13. Alternative Healing Methods
  14. Addictions and Treatment
  15. Mental Health
  16. Indigenous Community-Based Research
  17. Suicide Prevention and Crisis Management
  18. Development Across the Lifespan - Birth through Adulthood
  19. Field Practicum II