2021 Alternative Careers in Health Promotion and Education for IMGs Program – Registration Open

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The Learning Enrichment Foundation (LEF), Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA), and The International Doctors Network are inviting IMGs to participate in the 2021 Alternative Careers in Health Promotion and Education for IMGs Bridging Program (ACiHPE). 

The ACiHPE Bridging Program is designed to enhance the employment and educational position of international Medical Graduates to equip them for employment within the healthcare ecosystem in non-practitioner roles in Ontario. 

This online program includes four courses, an optional work experience placement, mentorship and job search/coaching supports, and provides the necessary skills identified by prospective employers to successfully find gainful employment, while best using IMGs medical knowledge to enhance their contribution to health promotion and education field in Ontario. 

Registrations are open. Classes start on June 12th, 2021 and finish on September 25, 2021

Tuesdays & Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


  • Medical Degree from outside of Canada   
  • 7 years or less of arrival in Canada 
  • Permanent Resident, Convention Refugee, Refugee Claimant, or Naturalized Canadian Citizen 
  • Legally entitled to work in Ontario. 
  • CLBPT score of 7 and up across all domains 
  • Live in Ontario 

Participant Fees. 

  • The fee for this program is $300. This fee offsets the training or academic portion of the program.
  • The Learning Enrichment Foundation and The Government of Ontario kindly funds all other costs related to the program and employment services. The fee represents a small proportion (approximately 10 percent) of the overall cost of the program.

ACiHPE participants complete the following four synchronous and asynchronous courses:

  • Public Health and Health Care System in Ontario
  • Health Promotion and Education Foundations
  • Business Communication and Cultural Competence
  • Careers

Application process 

  1. Fill up the form provided below
  1. Submit your documents to [email protected]  indicating in the subject line: Application Alternative Careers in Health Promotion and Education for International Medical Graduates (IMGs) Program 
  1. Applicants that met the requirements will be contacted for an interview in the following days  

** Please note that Spaces are limited so we encourage you to register early to secure your spot ** 

Documents that need to be submitted via email for the application: 

  1. A one-page cover letter describing who you are, why you are interested in the program, and how you would use the knowledge and skills offered by the program after completion. 
  1. Current resume specifying your education and professional experience.  
  1. Scanned copies of medical degree or certificate, academic equivalency such as WES or ICAS assessments if available. 
  1. Proof of language proficiency CLB 7 and up or equivalent 

Course Descriptions. 

Public Health and Health Care System in Ontario – This course will provide an overview of the major public health issues in Canada and Ontario, also discuss social determinants of health, relevant research, health policy, an overview of Ontario’s Health Care System, and the work and role of Community Health Centres in Ontario, as well as health care advocacy organizations. 

Health Promotion and Education Foundations – This course will introduce the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, models, theories, frameworks and community, and societal level change theories, as well as an introduction to strategy development. The course will also provide basic principles and practices in community development, including needs assessments, community consultations, program planning, and evaluation, social marketing principles, training/education techniques and to identify and develop community-level health project. 

Business Communication and Cultural Competence – This course will provide essential business communications skills, which includes expectations surrounding workplace communications, workplace diversity, cross-cultural communications, teamwork, as well as essential conflict resolution skills, also an introduction to various tools that are used in the workplace, survey platforms social media and Marketing platforms. 

Careers – approaches to searching for a job, research organizations and hiring managers, online searching tools, resumes and cover letters, practice interviewing; and how to find and develop a network. Develop a longer-term career plan and strategy. The course will feature numerous opportunities to meet with leaders and potential employers in healthcare promotion and education to gain valuable insights on work environments and expectations for working at an organization. Students will also meet with other advisors for feedback on their self-presentation skills. Students will be asked to develop a longer-term strategy. 

For more information about the program please call at 416-989-5621, or send an email to [email protected]