Aboriginal-Specific University Health Programs in Canada

Here you will find Aboriginal-Specific health programs in universities in Canada. The programs are listed by province. 


Simon Fraser University, BC

Aboriginal Pre-Health Program
Undergraduate -1 year

Aboriginal University Prep Program
Undergraduate -1 semester

Thompson Rivers University, BC

Aboriginal Pathways to Health Programs
3 semesters

University of British Columbia, BC

Aboriginal Access Studies
1 year transition

Aboriginal Residency Program
Aboriginal Medical Doctor Residency program

UBC Certificate in Aboriginal Health and Community Administration
Part-Time Certificate (10 months)

University of the Fraser Valley, BC

Extended Studies Certificate – First Nations Option
Full-Time Certificate – 4 courses

Social Services Diploma – First Nations Option
Diploma – 3 years

University of Northern British Columbia, BC

Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health Certificate
Certificate program for BSW – 6 courses

Aboriginal Health Sciences 
Diploma Program – 10 courses

Bachelor of Social Work: First Nations Specialization
BSW – 4 Years

Northern Advancement Program
1 year transition program

University of Victoria, BC

Diploma in Child and Youth Care in Indigenous Communities
Diploma – 2 years -laddering into Bachelor program

Master of Public Health- Focus: Indigenous Peoples’ Health
MPH – Full-Time 2 years, Part-Time 3 years

Master of Social Work: Indigenous Specialization
MSW – 2 years

Social Work – Indigenous Specialization
BSW – 4 years

Social Work – Indigenous Child Welfare
BSW – 4 years

Vancouver Island University, BC

Aboriginal University Bridging Program Certificate
Certificate – 1 year

Arts One—First Nations 
1st year university program

Child and Youth Care First Nations
Diploma – 2 years

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Mount Royal University, AB

Aboriginal Education Program
1 Semester preparation program

University of Alberta, AB

Bachelor of Science in Nursing-Collaborative Program
Full-Time 4 yrs BScN – Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety Framework in their curriculum for all nursing students.

Certificate in Aboriginal Sport and Recreation
Embedded Certificate 30 courses

Transition Year Program (TYP)
Full-Time 1st year university access program

University of Calgary, AB

Aboriginal Student Access Program (ASAP)
1 year – 1st year of University

University of Lethbridge, AB

First Nations’ Transition Program into Health Sciences
1 year transition program

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The University of Winnipeg, MB

ASSC Transition Year Program
1 year

University of Manitoba, MB

Aboriginal Child and Family Services Diploma
Diploma – 2 years

Aboriginal Community Wellness Diploma
Diploma – 2 years

Aboriginal Counselling Skills Certificate
Certificate – 1 year

Child Sexual Abuse Intervention and Treatment Certificate
Certificate – 1 year

Northern Social Work Program
BSW -4 years

PhD Studies for Aboriginal Scholars
PhD Studies

Transition Year Program
1 year – 1st year of university

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McGill University, QB

Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE)
Research Program

Dietetics and Human Nutrition
Master and Doctorate programs

Social Work
Master and Doctorate programs

The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue/The First Peoples University, QB

Social Work
BSW – 4 years – In English and French languages

University Studies Preparatory
1 year – In English and French languages

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St Thomas University, NB

Mi’kmaq/Maliseet Bachelor of Social Work
MMBSW – 4 years

University of New Brunswick, NB

Bridging Year Program
1 year

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Cape Breton University, NS

Integrative Science Academic Program
BScCS – Integrative Science -4 years

Dalhousie University, NS

Atlantic Aboriginal Health Research Program
Research Program

Mi’kmaw – Maliseet Bachelor of Social Work Program
BSW -Part-time – 3 years

Transition Year Program (TYP)
1 year transition program


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