Workplace Wellness

Worker health and wellness is increasingly recognized as both the responsibility of employers and a benefit to them. As a growing body of evidence demonstrates workplace wellness as key to a successful business, productivity and business success can be improved by addressing the specific health and wellness needs of your workforce.

This course will introduce you to the basic components of wellness programs and provide you with skills and tools to assess, develop and measure programs. You will learn about workplace health prevention and intervention, health policies and their practical application. This hands-on course is designed with interactive and practical activities to prepare you to use your new skills in your own workplace.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Surrey 13 Diana Vissers $645.00 23 Register

What will I learn?

After completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Apply the continuum of workplace health and wellness to an organization
  • Differentiate between workplace health promotion programs (such as stress management, fitness, weight management and smoking cessation), and injury, illness and disease prevention programs (e.g., immunizations, personal protective equipment, hand hygiene, medical screening, etc.)
  • Value disability management programs such as modified work, return to work, rehabilitation, and the role of employee support programs such as employee and family assistance and addiction control programs
  • Assess the factors that impact health and wellness (e.g., environmental, social, economic, physiological, lifestyle, etc.)
  • Demonstrate how factors in the workplace impact worker wellbeing (e.g. culture, multiple generations, diversity, aging workforce, etc.)
  • Describe the effects of fatigue on worker health and performance (e.g. shiftwork, fitness for work, overtime, etc.)
  • Explain the influence of the psycho-social work environment on worker health and wellness (e.g., leadership, expectations, civility, respect, etc.), and the impact of the National Standard for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
  • Recognize the influence of work/life balance on worker health and wellness

How will I learn?

  • Workshops
  • Reading assignments
  • Group discussions
  • Individual assignments
  • Individual presentation

How will I be evaluated?

Your grade will be based in part on individual participation. You’re expected to attend all 39 hours of classes, engage in discussions and review all handouts. You must also complete two written assignments and a final presentation.

Textbooks and learning materials

No textbooks are required for this course. All course materials will be made available to you online.

Hardware and software requirements

You will access your course materials using SFU's online course management system, Canvas. You will receive course details and Canvas access instructions on the first day of the course. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.

New to online learning? See About Online Learning for helpful videos and additional information.