Workplace Wellness: Culture and Leadership

Lead­er­ship and orga­ni­za­tion­al cul­ture great­ly influ­ence the suc­cess of health and well­ness ini­tia­tives and pro­grams. Explore rel­e­vant char­ac­ter­is­tics of work­place cul­ture and learn strate­gies to assess orga­ni­za­tion­al recep­tiv­i­ty to health and well­ness. Review the main lead­er­ship styles in the work­place, with a focus on how health and well­ness pro­fes­sion­als can apply to lead well­ness ini­tia­tives and pro­grams. You will also be intro­duced to top­ics such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion and facil­i­ta­tion strate­gies, resource tools, indus­try bench­mark­ing, and employ­ee engagement.
Course at a glance
  • Offered fully online learning - synchronous format.
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain the concepts of organizational culture and leadership in relation to health and wellness in the workplace.
  • Identify different types of cultures and how they impact health and wellness receptivity in the workplace.
  • Apply knowledge of a leadership model and describe how the styles impact the opportunity for leaders to support employee health and wellness needs in the workplace.
  • Assess and analyze organizational culture and leadership factors relevant to workplace wellness strategy and implementation design.
  • Utilize evidence based practices to advocate for a wellness-focused culture through transformational leadership strategies.
  • Describe the process to develop and facilitate an effective wellness behavioural change campaign.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

Take note:

  • Students admitted into the OHS Certificate program prior to July 1, 2019 should contact the OHS Program Office at 780.492.3037 prior to enrolling into this course.
  • Pre-and post-course activities may be required as part of this course. Pre-course instructions and materials will be available on eClass.
  • The online components of this course are facilitated through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool.
  • Important Note: Students do not need to purchase the textbook for this course. If you do not already own this textbook, PDFs of required reading material will be provided in eClass. Dyck, Dianne E. G. (2023).Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & Industry Practice (5th Edition). LexisNexis Canada. ISBN/ISSN: 9780433526742
Currently counts towards:

Applicants intending to enrol in a program are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to lock in their course requirements since they are prone to change.

*If you are already enroled in this program, please refer to your specific program requirements as outlined at the time of your admission: Bear Tracks > Academic Advisement.

When will
this course be offered?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

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This course is not currently scheduled, but may be offered in an upcoming term.

New course schedules are announced each June and November.

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