Workplace Wellness: Assessment, Design, and Implementation

    EXOS 4641 is offered this winter:

Explore the ben­e­fits and chal­lenges asso­ci­at­ed with the design and imple­men­ta­tion of health and well­ness ini­tia­tives and pro­grams in the work­place. Learn evi­dence-based strate­gies to assess well­ness needs, as well as to design, plan, imple­ment, and strate­gi­cal­ly posi­tion well­ness ini­tia­tives and pro­grams. Mea­sure­ment, eval­u­a­tion, report­ing, and sus­tain­abil­i­ty are also reviewed, includ­ing bench­mark­ing and using resources and tools to apply knowl­edge and skills in an inte­grat­ed approach to health and well­ness in the workplace.
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:

  • Relate the dimensions of wellness and the determinants of health as they impact employee health and wellness.
  • Explain the approach to perform an integrated assessment of the health and wellness needs of employees in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a conceptual healthy workplace framework and model.
  • Define best practice design elements required to achieve desired outcomes from workplace wellness strategies.
  • Describe the process to align workplace wellness resources with the business strategies of the organization.
  • Effectively utilize integrated implementation concepts to lead workplace wellness strategies and initiatives.
  • Outline methods to design organizational workplace wellness strategies and objectives.
  • Assess and analyze organizational baseline data to develop leading indicators for success.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge related to the implementation of organizational workplace wellness strategies.
  • Discuss preliminary post implementation evaluation and reporting elements.

Offered:

Take note:
  • 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. (2020). Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & Industry Practice (4th Edition). LexisNexis Canada. ISBN/ISSN: 9780433502074
Overall Schedule
Jan 19 — pre-class information opens

Students in this course section may have pre-class readings or assessments to complete.

Lecture/Class Schedule
Jan 25Jan 27
Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT

Thursdays

8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT

Fridays

8:30 am – 5:00 pm MT

Saturdays

Sundays

Feb 12 — post-class component closes

Students in this section may have post-class readings or assessments to complete.

Syn­chro­nous online learning, eClass

21 hours of instruction

In synchronous online courses, students move through the course material at the same pace as their peers. These courses also provide learners with pre-scheduled online lectures that have the instructor and students interacting at the same time. All components of this type of course are accessible through eClass, the University of Alberta’s eLearning management tool. for­mat details

Your Instructor

Shelly BischoffID: shelly-bischoff

Shelly Bischoff is the Founder and Director of Ptolemy & Associates, an Occupational Health Consulting firm based in Calgary. She is an occupational health nurse, a psychological health advisor and a health and safety consultant with over 25 years of experience in the areas of occupational health, wellness, disability management, and workplace training. Shelly specializes in developing addiction and recovery programs. She consults with both public and private sector organizations, providing workplace training in her areas of expertise.

Class info
  • This is a syn­chro­nous course that fea­tures live online activ­i­ties at pre­de­ter­mined times. This class requires a pre and post-work com­po­nent to be com­plet­ed before and after the in-class meet­ing. This infor­ma­tion will be com­mu­ni­cat­ed to you via your ual­ber­ta email address and the class syl­labus with­in eClass. For the real-time class­room ses­sions, a com­put­er with both audio input and out­put (such as a micro­phone-equipped head­set) is required. 
  • 21 course hours in total
  • Please be advised that some of our courses fill quickly, early registration is encouraged to secure your spot. See our refunds, withdrawals & transfers policies for detailed information.
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:

  • 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. (2020). Occupational Health & Safety: Theory, Strategy & Industry Practice (4th Edition). LexisNexis Canada. ISBN/ISSN: 9780433502074
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.

Looking for
different course dates?

New course schedules are released each June and November.

EXOS 4641 is offered this winter: